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Ceremony Information

Gateway holds two graduation ceremonies each year:

  • in December for the summer and fall semesters
  • in May for the spring semester

The graduation ceremonies are a special recognition of your scholastic achievements at Gateway. They are formal cap and gown ceremonies and all graduates are encouraged to participate and be recognized. Tickets are required for all guests.


The May graduation ceremony will be held at UW Parkside on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. 

The Adult High School/HSED/GED ceremony will be held at 4:00pm and the post-secondary ceremony will be held at 7:00pm.  Additional information regarding the ceremonies will be forthcoming.

May 2014 Ceremony

What is the date, time and length of the graduation ceremony?
Tuesday, May 13th 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?
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 must be reserved at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com.  Caps and gowns can be reserved until April 17th.  Pick up dates are May 2nd to May 12th.  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 $39.00 (plus tax). Tassel only is $6.00.  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 $7.00 (plus tax).  Veteran’s cords are available at the campus bookstore free of charge.

Where and when can you purchase a cap and gown?
Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn Campus Follett Bookstores:
Monday – Thursday……………… 9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday ……………………………..9 a.m. – 1:00p.m.

How many guests may I invite?
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.

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 www.gtc.edu/graduation.  If you would care to purchase a DVD of the graduation, the charge will be $23 including shipping and handling.  An order form will also be available at www.gtc.edu/graduation.

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.

Adult High School Graduates

WHEN IS THE GRADUATION CEREMONY?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 4:00p.m.

WHAT ABOUT RESERVING MY SEAT & CAP AND GOWNS?

Caps and gowns are available on-line and must  be reserved at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com until April 17th. Pick up dates are May 2nd to May12th.  Pickup and payment will be made to Follett Bookstores. 

To maintain the decorum of the ceremony, all graduates must have a black cap and gown to participate.  Cost of the cap, gown, and tassel is $26.00 (plus tax). Tassel only is $6.00.  Please note that ordering a cap, gown and/or tassel will reserve you’re your spot in the ceremony.  Students must purchase at least a tassel to reserve their seat in the ceremony.

WHERE CAN YOU PURCHASE THEM?

Kenosha, Racine, and Elkhorn Campus Bookstore
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE?

The Sports and Activity Center
U.W – Parkside
Highways E & JR
Kenosha, Wisconsin

WHAT TIME SHOULD GRADUATES BE THERE?

Graduates arrive by 3:30 p.m.

IS THERE A REHEARSAL?

NO - ceremony procedures, and a map to Parkside, are detailed on a blue instruction sheet, which you will receive when you purchase your cap and gown. PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!

DO MY GUESTS NEED TICKETS?

No, tickets will not be required for your guests.  Guest seating will be in the bleachers or the seats behind the graduates.  You may invite as many guests as you wish.

ARE FORMAL AHS GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS AVAILABLE?

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

WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE PICTURES TAKEN?

A professional photographer will be taking a picture of each graduate.  Information on purchasing these pictures will be available at the ceremony.

WILL THERE BE A RECEPTION TO FOLLOW THE CEREMONY?

Yes, at UW – Parkside – Main Place

PLEASE NOTE:                

  1. UW - Parkside has notified us that smoking or beverages are not allowed in the convocation facility.  Please cooperate with this request and make your graduation ceremony a pleasant memory for all.
  2. To avoid possible confusion, you should be aware that Gateway's Associate Degree and Technical Diploma graduation ceremony takes place on the same day at 7:00 p.m.
  3. A diploma cover will be given at the ceremony, and actual diplomas will be mailed out 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester.

If there are any questions we have not answered here, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 262-619-6832.