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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 commencement ceremony?

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 7 p.m. The ceremony is approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours long.

Where does the commencement ceremony take place?

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

View UW-Parkside's Academic Complex map. (Building 1)

Directions from:

How does a graduate sign up for the commencement ceremony and what is the deadline?

Graduates will use an online portal to sign up for the ceremony. The Registrar’s Office will send information about this portal to all eligible graduates via mail and email by early April. The deadline to sign up for the ceremony is Monday April 16th, 2018.

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 instructions carefully.

What about Caps and Gowns?

Caps and gowns are available online and can be ordered at​ Caps and gowns can be ordered until April 9th, 2018. Graduates who do not place their order by this date will need to place an order in person at a campus Follett Bookstore. Pick up dates are May 7th to May 11th, 2018. Pickup and payment will be made at campus Follett Bookstore. 

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 $36.00 (plus tax). Tassel only is $5.75 (plus tax). If you are eligible for honors, you will have the option to purchase an honor cord from the bookstore. Honor cords cost $6.50 (plus tax). Students that identify themselves as a veteran when signing up for the ceremony will be offered a veteran’s cord in recognition. Veteran's cords are available at the campus bookstore free of charge.

When can graduates pick up and pay for their caps and gowns?

Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn Campus Follett Bookstores:

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

Friday ……………………………... 9 a.m. – 4 p.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. Guest tickets will be distributed electronically on claiming allotted guest tickets will be emailed to students that sign up for the ceremony.

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

Information on needed seating accommodations will be collected when students sign up for the ceremony and "special accommodations" tickets will be distributed based on this. 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. 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

Will graduates who choose not to go to the ceremony still receive their diplomas?

Yes they will. All diplomas are mailed to graduates 6 to 8 weeks after the end of the term.

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