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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 for the post secondary ceremony only. 

The May graduation ceremony will be held at UW-Parkside on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

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

The Post Secondary ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 19th at 7 p.m. The ceremony is approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours long.

The Adult High School/HSED/GED ceremony will be held at 4 p.m.

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.

Adult High School/HSED/GED graduates should arrive by 3:30 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 20th.  Pick up dates are May 11th to May 15th.  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 $48.00 (plus tax). Tassel only is $6.50.  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.

The cap, gown and tassel cost for Adult High School/HSED/GED graduates is $26.00 (plus tax).

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.

Adult High School/HSED/GED Ceremony: 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.

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 AHS 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.