Three commencement ceremonies May 5 to feature 1,379 graduates

Programs — morning, afternoon, early evening — will be held at Johnson Fieldhouse
Jillian Nerison receives her diploma from Chancellor Bob Meyer during commencement in December at UW-Stout. / UW-Stout photo by Brett Roseman
​Jerry Poling | May 1, 2018

University of Wisconsin-Stout’s spring semester commencement ceremonies will be held for 1,379 graduates Saturday, May 5, at Johnson Fieldhouse.

A total of 1,146 undergraduates and 233 Graduate School students will receive degrees in 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ceremonies.

The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will be for graduates from the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management.

The ceremony will include the official commissioning of six graduates who also are completing the campus ROTC program, Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon taking the Oath of Office from Brig. Gen. David F. O’Donahue, the cadets will become second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. O’Donahue is deputy adjutant general-civil support for the state of Wisconsin.

Macy Koch celebrates while receiving her diploma during the December commencement at UW-Stout.The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will be for graduates from the College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences.

The 5:30 p.m. ceremony will be for graduates from the College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences; and from the Graduate School.

Meyer will address the graduates and confer degrees.

Patrick Guilfoile, provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, will welcome the graduates and preside.

Deans of the colleges will present the graduates. They are Chuck Bomar, STEMM; Associate Dean Kristal Gerdes, CEHHHS; and Maria Alm, CACHSS. Presenting the graduates for the Graduate School will be Director Renee Chandler.

Mesa Covill, senior alumni officer, will welcome the graduates into the UW-Stout Alumni Association.

Music will be provided by the university’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Orchestra, directed by Aaron M. Durst. Choral selections will be performed by the university’s Symphonic Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Jerry Hui.

Commencement details

Doors open 45 minutes before each ceremony. Graduates should arrive no less than 45 minutes before their ceremony. Each program is expected to last from 1½ to 2 hours.

Receptions will immediately follow the ceremonies in room 50 of the Sports and Fitness Center. All graduates and guests are welcome.

Tickets are required for ages three and older. Each graduate will receive five tickets, which can be picked up at the Service Center, lower level, in the Memorial Student Center.

The ceremonies also can be viewed on a closed-circuit projection screen at the Terrace of the Memorial Student Center. All ceremonies can be viewed via live feed from the UW-Stout commencement website.

Parking will be available in any UW-Stout lot.

For more information, go to the website, contact Commencement Coordinator Britta Miller, 715-232-4052, or email



Macy Koch celebrates while receiving her diploma during the December commencement at UW-Stout.

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