This event is designed to honor all of our economics graduates: Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD. We will hold a formal ceremony at 5pm, with a reception immediately following the ceremony at the same venue.
Students will receive an invitation via email in early March and should RSVP by April 21 through the survey included in the invitation.
For more information, please visit the Event FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) tab.
You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond promptly.
WHERE AND WHEN IS THE ECONOMICS CEREMONY?
The Department of Economics Graduation Recognition Ceremony is Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53703. Doors open at 4:00pm; the ceremony begins at 5:00pm. Graduates must arrive by 4:30pm to ensure the ceremony starts on time.
HOW IS THE ECONOMICS CEREMONY DIFFERENT FROM THE UW-MADISON COMMENCEMENT AT CAMP RANDALL STADIUM?
The Department of Economics event is a formal ceremony. During the event, graduating economics students at all levels will walk across the stage, have their name read, shake hands with department leaders, and have a graduation photo taken by our staff.
The campus-level Camp Randall event is for UW-Madison bachelor's and master's candidates and is on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 12pm. Chancellor Blank will confer degrees and recognize graduates by program; however, they will not have personal recognition or walk across a stage.
The UW-Madison ceremony for doctoral and professional degree candidates is May 12, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Kohl Center.
ARE TICKETS REQUIRED?
Tickets are not required, but we do require that all students who intend to participate in the economics ceremony register through their invitation email. Students will indicate the number of guests they intend to bring during the registration as well.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS ALLOWED?
We ask that students limit their guest count to no more than 6 people. If students would like to bring a larger group, the student should email us for confirmation.
HOW LONG WILL THE CEREMONY LAST?
The ceremony itself will begin at 5:00pm and conclude at approximately 6:30pm. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony at the same location.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE RECEPTION?
The reception will occur right after the ceremony in the same building, roughly at 6:30pm. Appetizers and cake will be provided. There will be opportunities for photos during the reception. All graduating students will receive a Department of Economics Mug and undergraduate students will be able to pick up their "Certificate of Major."
WILL THE CEREMONY BE VIDEOTAPED OR LIVE-STREAMED?
No; however, your family and friends are welcome to photograph and/or videotape the ceremony.
WILL GRADUATES' NAMES BE READ AT THIS CEREMONY?
Yes. We will recognize all graduates individually as they walk across the stage. Bachelor candidates will receive a certificate folder on stage. Master's and PhD candidates will be hooded by their advisor on stage.
WILL GRADUATES' NAMES BE IN A PRINTED PROGRAM?
If you have applied for graduation through your student center in MyUW, we will include you in the Department of Economics Graduation Ceremony printed program, provided you do not have FERPA restrictions on the release of your information. (See the following questions regarding FERPA.)
HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER I HAVE A FERPA RESTRICTION ON MY INFORMATION?
You can locate this information in your student center in MyUW. Go into your student center, click "personal information," then click the "privacy" tab. Click FERPA restrictions, scroll down to “names.” If there is nothing written next to “names,” you do not have a FERPA restriction on the release of your name. If you see “restriction activated,” your name will not be included in our printed program. To release the name restriction, click the release button, then press save at the bottom of the screen.
HOW CAN I GET A SEAT FOR SOMEONE WITH MOBILITY CHALLENGES?
Street-level entry to the Madison Masonic Center is available via the Johnson Street entrance. Accessible seating is available in the auditorium and the graduating student will need to indicate on his or her registration form if this type of seating is needed.
For people with limited mobility, the first two rows off the floor level are "easier-access" seating, and will be sectioned off for those in need.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE ECONOMICS CEREMONY?
Students who are graduating with a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in economics are welcome to participate. Students who have completed degree requirements in May 2017 or who anticipate completing degree requirements in August 2017 may participate.
HOW DO I INDICATE I'M PLANNING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ECONOMICS CEREMONY?
Students will receive invitations via email with a registration link attached.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR THE ECONOMICS CEREMONY?
Students are required to wear their cap and gown for the ceremony. View the University Book Store's timeline for ordering a cap and gown to ensure your attire arrives on time.
Master’s and PhD students should refer to emails from Graduate Coordinators for further information on ceremony attire.
WILL I WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AT THE ECONOMICS CEREMONY?
Yes, students will walk across the stage in the company of students from your degree level. Undergraduate students will receive a certificate folder on stage. Master's and PhD students will be hooded by their faculty advisor.
Master’s and PhD students should refer to emails from Graduate Coordinators for further information on the hooding process.
WILL I HAVE MY PHOTO TAKEN?
Yes, Empire Photography will be taking photos of each student as they walk across the stage, and an additional solo portrait will be taken after they exit the stage. Proofs will be available for viewing online within a couple days of the event. We encourage family/friends to take photos of the event for you as well.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE MASONIC CENTER?
The venue will open at 4pm and all graduates must arrive by 4:30pm.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN'T OR DON'T ATTEND THE ECONOMICS CEREMONY?
Your attendance is completely voluntary; the university will mail your diploma several weeks after commencement, and choosing to bypass any graduation ceremony will not affect your graduation status. The Department does encourage all of our students to participate.
The Economics Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Madison Masonic Center located at 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703. The center is located at the corner of Wisconsin Ave and E. Johnson St.
The handicap accessible entrance is located via the E. Johnson Street side of the building.
Parking ramps are located just a couple blocks away from the venue. Street parking will be limited, but is available on a first-come first-served basis.
For details about the University's Commencement, please visit https://commencement.wisc.edu/.
Graduating students should pay particular attention to the "Information for Graduates" page as it has instructions on how to apply to graduate, how to reserve your cap and gown, and details about which ceremony they should attend.