Commencement ceremony May 9 to feature 1,183 graduates

Virtual graduation program scheduled, engagement on social media encouraged
UW-Stout’s spring commencement is planned Saturday, May 9, and will be held virtually.
Pam Powers | May 5, 2020

University of Wisconsin-Stout’s spring commencement ceremonies will be held virtually for 1,183 graduates on Saturday, May 9.

A total of 1,004 undergraduates and 179 Graduate School students will receive degrees in a 10 a.m. virtual ceremony. A traditional cap and gown ceremony was not possible with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chancellor Katherine P. Frank will address the graduates in a prerecorded speech. Interim dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management Gindy Neidermyer; Dean of the College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences Maria Alm; and Dean of the College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences Bob Salt also have prerecorded speeches. Student speakers are Madalaine McConville, of Augusta, an applied social science major, and Rana Pluemer, of Platteville, a double major in hotel, restaurant and tourism management and golf enterprise management.

The commencement will include a reading of students’ names and photos submitted by the students.

Students and members of the UW-Stout community can share comments and photos on social media using the hashtag #StoutGrad2020.

The ceremony video will remain on the commencement website for families and students to watch again or to view when they have time.

Spring 2020 graduates will have the option to walk in either an on-campus commencement tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, or the Saturday, Dec. 19, ceremony. Students can participate in both the virtual ceremony and one of the in-person ceremonies. Participation is not required in any ceremony to receive diplomas. Diplomas will be mailed to students four to six weeks after final grades are issued.

For more information, contact Commencement Coordinator Britta Miller, 715-232-4052, or email



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