Congratulations, graduates! You will soon be part of the GWC alumni family. You've worked hard and we're looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments at Commencement 2015.

GWC Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 2, 2015
11:00 a.m.
The Ferro Pavilion

Countdown to Graduation

November 1, 2014

  • Graduation Application becomes available on WebAdvisor
    Potential undergraduate degree candidates: If you have not yet received a degree check, please contact the Registrar's Office at 262-245-8535. To complete your degree and receive a diploma, whether or not you plan to participate in the ceremony, you must complete the Graduation Application.
    • Verify name to be printed on diploma
    • Indicate whether or not you will participate in the ceremony
    • Pay graduation fee

November 10, 2014

  • Cap and Gown ordering begins
    • Order your cap and gown from Herff Jones
    • You must have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony
    • Cap and gown is free and yours to keep

February 28, 2015

March 20, 2015

  • Graduation packet is mailed to students' permanent address
    • Packet will include specifics for your commencement ceremony and tickets for your guests

April 16, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Carrie Ann Room in Winston Paul
April 17, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Carrie Ann Room in Winston Paul
April 18, 2015 | 8:30 a.m. - Noon | Carrie Ann Room in Winston Paul

  • Cap and Gown Days
    • Pick up cap and gown
    • Update information with Office of Alumni Relations
    • Financial Aid and Graduate Admission representatives will be available
    • Order class ring, diploma frame and personalized announcements
    • Purchase souvenir tassels

April 17, 2015

  • Registrar receives preliminary spring grades
    • These grades are used to determine your participation in the Commencement ceremony.

April 17, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. | Crimi Auditorium, Aurora Campus

  • Honors Convocation
    • Recipients of the Gold Ivy Leaf and university awards will be recognized. Recipients and their families will be invited to attend via postal mail and email.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

  • 10:15 a.m.: Graduating students report to Upper Lewis Hall to line up for ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m.: GWC commencement ceremony - The Ferro Pavilion
Contact Us

Graduation Requirements, Grades, Transcripts

Registrar's Office

Cap and Gown

Herff Jones

Announcements, Class Rings and Diploma Frames

Herff Jones


Yvette Somerville

Accessibility on Commencement Day

Yvette Somerville

Aurora University

AU Commencement website

Woodstock Center

Woodstock students can select to participate in either the GWC campus ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2015 or the Aurora campus ceremony on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Commencement Day


A professional photographer will take each graduate's photo as they receive their diploma. The graduate will receive a proof of the photos via email after the ceremony and will be able to order prints.

Cameras are permitted, but guests are asked to remain in their seats during the ceremony.


The ceremony is videotaped and streamed live here; the video will be available for replay afterward.


Fresh flowers are available for purchase before and after the ceremony, courtesy of Grad Flowers.

Severe Weather

In the event that severe weather occurs during the ceremony, the President will immediately conclude the event. Campus Public Safety officers and university staff will direct attendees to designated areas of shelter. The ceremony will not be resumed; Degree candidates may go directly to Lewis Hall for graduation photographs.