Commencement Ceremony Moved Indoors
Michael Wilson
mwils249@uwsp.edu
The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point has recently decided to move its Spring Commencement ceremony from the Sundial to the Multi-Activities Center, in the Health Enhancement Center.
 
Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. for College of Letters and Science and College of Natural Resources students, and at 2 p.m. for College of Professional Studies and College of Fine Arts and Communications students. According to university Event Coordinator Brittany Rossman, graduates must present themselves at the Quandt Fieldhouse an hour before their respective ceremony.
 
“The decision to move indoors to the Multi-Activity Center is based on the safety and security of graduates, faculty, staff, families and friends,” said University Relations and Communications Executive Director Kate Worster. “The surface on the Specht Memorial Forum has deteriorated and may cause a problem for some of our guests. Also, variability of weather conditions impacts the health of many of our guests.”
 
“In addition, we want commencement to be a pleasant, inclusive experience for all participants,” Worster said.
 
Worster believes this change won’t be too disruptive to the graduation proceedings. She said that, in previous years, when Commencement was moved indoors due to weather, students were allowed 4 tickets per student. However, graduates this Spring will be allotted six complementary general admission tickets. Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
All parking lots on campus will be open to guests, except for Lot F West.
 
“In the past, the rain call for an outdoor ceremony in the Specht Memorial Forum caused challenges for families and friends who planned on bringing an unlimited amount of guests, and then had limited tickets for an indoor ceremony. With a planned indoor ceremony, graduates and families receive consistent information and may plan for the ceremonies in advance,” Worster said.
 
Students will be charged a fee of $35 to cover the cost of commencement, according to an email from Rossman to the graduating students. This does not include the cost of caps and gowns, which can be purchased online or at the University Store.
 
Graduates must RSVP for Commencement by Friday, May 11.
 
A Countdown to Commencement meeting will be held for students on Tuesday, April 3, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Dreyfus University Center Concourse. Students will have the chance to meet with the offices of Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Career Services, Registration and Records, University Relations and Communications and the University Store.