UIW Undergraduate/Graduate Commencement Ceremony 1

Saturday, May 8 - 12 p.m.

Graduates of the UIW Dreeben School of Education, School of Professional Studies and Rosenberg School of Optometry will be honored at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8 at noon at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium (UIW Broadway campus). As guest tickets are limited, a livestream of the ceremony can be watched below on that day and time.


The modified ceremony will include many of the traditions you know and love from UIW. Each ceremony will be approximately an hour and a half, with much of that time reserved for each graduate to enjoy their moment crossing the stage. To allow for adequate social distancing, graduates will be seated in designated chairs on the Benson Stadium football field as soon as they arrive, instead of gathering for a procession. Information regarding additional safety measures can be found in the FAQs below.

Gates will open 30 minutes prior to each ceremony. All graduates and guests may access seating through the gates closest to the McDermott Convocation Center entrance (right next to the Cardinal statue). Graduates will be immediately directed to their assigned seats, sectioned by school, and guests will be directed to their seats in the stadium stands.

As with every commencement ceremony, Sunday best attire is encouraged. However, since this event is outdoors, you should plan your attire accordingly. Due to the turf on Benson Stadium, graduates are not permitted to wear spike or thin-heeled shoes. Wedges and block-heels are allowed.

Your participation was noted in the Statement of Intention to Graduate form at beginning of the semester. No further confirmation is required.

The undergraduate and graduate ceremonies have been separated to allow for an equal number of participants in each ceremony. This will allow us to properly social distance.

In order to safely practice social distancing, tickets to the undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. ceremonies will be limited to two per graduate. Graduates are advised to be on the lookout for an email with a link to claim their tickets. The link will be active for two weeks, after which time the tickets will be forfeited.

If there are any unclaimed tickets, an email will be sent to graduates to claim extra tickets (no more than two additional tickets) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Yes, all guests require a ticket including infants and small children.

All cars with graduates should follow the Graduate Parking and Arrival instructions.

In order to maintain proper social distancing, those participating in the undergraduate/graduate ceremonies will be seated immediately upon arrival without a procession. Graduates will be seated in alphabetical order by school. Graduates of the Health Profession Schools should check with their schools.

Yes! LifeTouch photographers will be on site to take photos as graduates cross the stage. An email to purchase your images will be sent to your UIW email address following the ceremony.

The health and safety of our graduates, staff, and guests is our top priority. As such, the commencement ceremony will be held outdoors at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium on the UIW Broadway campus. All in-person guests and graduates will be required to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines, including the use of masks and social distancing. In order to safely practice social distancing, tickets to the undergraduate, graduate and PhD ceremonies will be limited to two per graduate.

All UIW COVID-19 safety guidelines will be enforced, including the use of masks and social distancing. These guidelines will be required for all in-person graduates and guests over the age of 10. Graduates may choose to remove their masks while crossing the stage and taking photos in designated areas.

Please make sure that you and your guests are wearing proper masks that cover the mouth and nose completely and snugly. Gaiters and bandanas are not considered proper face coverings and are not allowed. Those who arrive without an appropriate face covering will be provided with one to wear while on campus.

We kindly ask that graduates meet their guests in the parking lot following the ceremony. Guests will not be allowed on the track or field.

Yes, umbrellas are allowed – please be considerate of people around you and their ability to view the ceremony.

Benson Stadium follows a Clear Bag Policy.

Each attendee will be allowed to enter with one (1) clear plastic bag in the following styles and bag sizes:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12".
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags. The clutch bag cannot be larger than 4.5" x 6.5".
  • Exceptions will be made for approved medical needs items and diaper bags after proper inspection.

Guests carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be asked to return them to their vehicles prior to entering the stadium.

In case of inclement weather, information will be sent to graduates as soon as possible with details on a rain plan.

Yes, all commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed. Please visit uiw.edu/commencement to view your ceremony. The livestream will remain available for viewing on this page and on the UIW YouTube channel.

Yes, clear water bottles are allowed. Please, no Yeti mugs or coolers. Additionally, the stadium concession stands will be open before and during the ceremony.