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Commencement Guest Information

We recognize the importance that graduation holds for our students and their families. We are also aware of the enormous sense of pride that accompanies such a significant accomplishment. Below is information that will help you prepare for the special day. 


  • Event Date: May 18 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. |  Learn more about the ceremony.
  • Tickets are required for ALL GUESTS. Graduates will receive an email from our ticketing partner, Eventbrite where they can claim and download their tickets. Graduates will not need a ticket to enter.
  • Guests will need to connect with their graduate to get their tickets. Please print these tickets ahead of the event.
  • Upon entering the venue, all guests will be checked in via a printed or electronic version of the ticket. Please have your ticket ready at the door to ensure a quick ticket scan by our event staff.

Bag Check

All guests will be subject to bag checks and security screenings. All bags (to include but not limited to, handbags, briefcases, cameras bags, diaper bags, clutches, and purses) and strollers are subject to search prior to entry into the venue. Here's a list of items that we DO NOT allow inside our venues:

  • Illegal Drugs or Other Substances
  • Closed packages
  • Drones
  • Laser Pointers
  • Firearms (either real or simulated) 
  • Knives, blades, sharp objects of any length (unless required for medical purposes)
  • Poles, sticks or banners, flags and signs
  • Noisemakers
  • Inflatables
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Any item deemed dangerous or inappropriate as determined by bag check personnel
Items cannot be left at the entrance unattended - if they are, they will be inspected and discarded. 

Accessible Seating

  • A limited number of spaces are available for wheelchairs and guests who are unable to climb or sit in the bleachers. A number of chairs can also be reserved for guests who would benefit from the services of our hearing impaired interpreter. Accessible seating tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Anyone needing a wheelchair or walking aid should bring their own as they will not be available due to sanitation concerns.
  • An elevator is available for those who need help entering the upper gym.

If you or someone in your party are unable to climb the bleachers, please contact our office at to request special seating arrangements.

Entering Kolf Sports Center

  • Doors will open two hours prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Everyone can enter the building on Pearl or High Ave side of the building.
  • Upon entering the venue, all guests will be checked in via their ticket. Please have your ticket ready at the door to ensure a quick ticket scan by our event staff.
  • Once checked in, guests will be directed upstairs to the fieldhouse. An elevator is available for those who need it. Event staff will be available to direct all guests. Once guests reach the fieldhouse, ushers will assist in finding seats.
  • All able guests will be expected to sit in the bleachers.

Parking and Directions

Kolf Sports Center | 785 High Ave. | Oshkosh, WI  54901

  • Free parking is available in all university lots. Please do not park in reserved areas or in spaces for people with disabilities unless you have a disability permit.
  • Learn more about parking and directions.

Ceremony details

  • The ceremony will last approximately two hours and will feature speakers, which will be followed by the conferral of degrees when the graduates will cross the stage.
  • The commencement ceremonies will also be available via a live webcast. The webcast will begin promptly at the start of the ceremony.
  • Once the conferral of degrees has finished, the ceremony will conclude and all graduates and guests will be guided out of the building.
  • Note: Upon ceremony conclusion, all graduates and guests need to leave the venue immediately. Please make prior arrangements to meet your graduate somewhere outside of the building.


  • A professional photographer will photograph each graduate. Graduates will receive an email from GradImages within a few weeks following the ceremony, and pictures will be available for purchase.

UW Oshkosh Special Events Office
(920) 424-3300

Culver Family Welcome Center
625 Pearl Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901