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Ceremony Information

Gateway holds one commencement ceremony each year in May. The commencement ceremony is a special recognition of your scholastic achievements at Gateway. It is a formal cap and gown ceremony and all graduates are encouraged to participate and be recognized. Tickets are required for all guests. ​

What is the date, time and length of the graduation ceremony?

The Post Secondary ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at 7 p.m. The ceremony is approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours long.

Where does the graduation ceremony take place?

UW-Parkside's Sports & Activity Center / DeSimone Gymnasium on Highways E and JR in Kenosha.

What time should graduates be there?

Post Secondary graduates are expected to arrive by 6 p.m. and no later than 6:15 p.m. Doors will open to graduates' guests at 6:15 p.m.

Is there a rehearsal?

No – ceremony procedures are detailed on an instruction sheet you will receive when you purchase your cap and gown. Please read the procedure instructions carefully.

What about Caps and Gowns?

Cap and gowns are available on-line and can be reserved at Caps and gowns can be reserved until April 18th. Pick up dates are May 9th to May 13th. Pickup and payment will be made at Follett Bookstore.

To maintain the decorum of the ceremony, all graduates must have a black cap and gown to participate. The gowns are made from Renew Fabric, which is 100% certified recycled post-consumer materials. Cost of the cap, gown, and tassel is $34.00 (plus tax). Tassel only is $5.25. Please note that ordering a cap, gown, and/or tassel will reserve your spot in the ceremony. Students must purchase at least a tassel to reserve their seat in the ceremony. If you are eligible for honors, you will be notified by e-mail.  Honor cords cost $6.25 (plus tax). Veteran's cords are available at the campus bookstore free of charge.

When can you pick up and pay for your cap and gown?

Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn Campus Follett Bookstores:

Monday – Thursday……………… 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday ……………………………..9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

How many guests may I invite?

Post Secondary Ceremony: Due to the limitation of bleacher seating space and fire codes, each student will be issued four (4) guest tickets for the ceremony. Admittance will be by ticket only. Students will be given their tickets at the same time they pick up their cap and gown. Students must have photo ID to pick up their cap, gown and tickets.

Students and guests requiring special accommodations/can't climb bleachers

Graduating students requiring special accommodations please contact Dawn Kaiser at (262) 564-2570. The first three rows of the bleachers will be reserved for guests with disabilities. These seats are for the guest with a "special accommodations" ticket and only one ticketed companion. These tickets are available through Follett Bookstores. Other guests will be required to sit in the main seating areas.

Are Formal Graduation Announcements Available?

Yes. Graduation announcements are available through the Herff Jones website.

Graduation Photos and Video:

Photos:A professional photographer will be taking a photo of each graduate at the ceremony. Please ask your family and friends to refrain from taking pictures or video during the ceremony. Optional family and professional resume photos will be available at the President's Reception following the ceremony.

Video: The graduation ceremony will be available via web stream approximately 10 days after the event. Please see link

When will degrees/diplomas be distributed?

Only diploma covers are presented at the ceremony. Degrees/diplomas will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester.

President’s Reception:

Please join your fellow graduates and guests at the President's reception at Main Place in the Wyllie Library Learning Center immediately following the ceremony.

UW-Parkside Policies:

UW-Parkside has notified us that smoking and beverages are not allowed in the seating area. Vending machines in the halls are not operational during the ceremony. Please cooperate with this request and make your graduation ceremony a pleasant memory for all.

Any questions we haven’t answered? Contact the Registrar’s Office at (262) 619-6832.