​Frequently Asked Questions

 Has the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) spring sports season been canceled?

According to the WIAC, the spring sports season (baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, outdoor track and field, golf and tennis) has been canceled to include any and all competition. All athletic practices, in-person recruiting activities on- or off-campus and all in-person conference meetings are suspended indefinitely. The American Family Insurance/WIAC Student-Athlete Leadership Institute, scheduled for April 16-17, is postponed with the possibility of rescheduling in the fall.

 Is spring Commencement going to be postponed?

The spread of the coronavirus has compelled us to make choices to keep the health of our students, their families, our employees and our communities a top priority. With a directive from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to restrict gatherings of more than 10 people, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has made the difficult decision to postpone our Saturday, May 16, spring Commencement ceremonies. 

As a dad and grandfather, I understand the importance of this milestone to our graduates and their families. I always enjoy seeing our students walk across the stage, many being first in their families to do so. Our supportive faculty and staff applauding our graduates before the ceremony, our student speakers reflecting with their peers and the pure joy of parents and loved ones make Commencement a remarkable occasion.

Consulting with our Student Government Association, we are planning on holding an in-person ceremony in August, early September or a later time, depending on the spread of COVID-19.

We will communicate more with students, faculty and staff members as soon as a date can be determined. Chancellor's Leadership and Albertson Award ceremonies will be rescheduled in tandem with Commencement.

Degrees will be conferred at the end of the spring semester regardless, so it's important to apply for graduation through accesSPoint. The approval of spring degrees will follow the same timeframe as in past years. We anticipate diplomas will be mailed to the student's home address four to six weeks after final exams.

For the latest information, please see our commencement website for updates and the UW-Stevens Point coronavirus webpage.

Thank you for your understanding, as well as your perseverance through these trying times. We are proud of your dedication to complete your degree despite this disruption to your lives and your learning. 


Bernie L. Patterson


 Are all UW-Stevens Point events canceled?

Yes, all events on campus are canceled through May 24, or the end of the semester, including the May 16 Commencement ceremonies. We are planning on holding an in-person Commencement in August, early September or at a later time, depending on the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tony Evers directed the state Department of Health Services (DHS) to prohibit gatherings of 10 people or more statewide to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective March 17. See the order, here

 Are theater, music and other ticketed performances canceled at UW-Stevens Point? If so, will refunds be given?

Theater and music performances and other ticketed events at all three campuses are canceled through May 24. 

If you wish to donate the value of your ticket refund as a tax-deductible contribution, click here. Donations will be attributed to the appropriate department that sponsored the UWSP ticketed event. All requests to donate must be received by Friday, April 3.

Starting Monday, April 6, University Information and Tickets will proceed with processing refunds:

  • All online ticket purchases will be refunded directly back to the original credit card.

  • In-person, mail and phone orders paid by credit card, check or cash will be refunded by check.

  • Refunds should be completed by Friday, May 15.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we take appropriate steps to limit potential exposure and spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the community. We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.

 Are placement tests canceled?

Placement tests for incoming students at UW-Stevens Point set for March 21, April 4, April 25 and May 9 have been canceled. An email notification will be sent to registered students, who are asked to retain the original appointment confirmation email and follow instructions provided to reschedule. When normal operations resume, UW institutions will be introducing additional test dates to help compensate for those that were canceled. For updates, visit the placement website

 Is Trivia 51 canceled in April? If so, has it been rescheduled?

90FM's annual trivia contest, "Raid on Trivia 51," scheduled for April 17-19, has been postponed, according to co-coordinator Jim "The Oz" Oliva, out of concern for student staff and for those who play the contest. The event will be held Oct. 23-25, instead. 

The student-run radio station plans a "Retro Trivia" event for April 17-19 during which trivia questions from past years will be broadcast on 90FM daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with different years featured each hour. No phone calls will be taken, rather players can listen from wherever they are and create their own competitions. For more info, go to www.90fmtrivia.org.

 Will Day of Giving be canceled or postponed?

This year’s Day of Giving (the D.O.G.) will be postponed. Our hope is to hold the D.O.G. in the fall, pending the spread of COVID-19. More information will be sent out when it's available. 

 Will the College of Letters and Science events be canceled or postponed?

COLS Event Status

April 7 and May 5 - Community Lecture Series talks - Canceled.

April 15-26 - French Film Festiva - Canceled.

May 1 - COLS Undergraduate Research Symposium - Canceled. 

 Will the College of Natural Resource events be canceled or postponed?

CNR Event Status

March 26 - Wisconsin Center for Wildlife Speaker Series – 4 p.m. in TNR 170 - Canceled.

April 3 - CNR Celebration Evening at SentryWorld - Canceled  No plans to reschedule at this time.

April 3 - CNR Research Symposium –Trainer Natural Resources Building - Will be hosted through a virtual format. Further information will be communicated soon.

May 1 - CNR Advisory Board –Still scheduled – held off campus.  A final decision will be made on April 15.

Schmeeckle Reserve 

The Schmeeckle Reserve Vistitors Center is closed until further notice. All student-led, in-person nature programs and the Spring Candlelight Hike Festival have been canceled for spring 2020. Students hope to post videos of their nature programs. Outdoor trails at the reserve are open. Learn more at www.uwsp.edu/schmeeckle.

Treehaven Field Station

The spring dinner and speaker series presentations are canceled. Please check back here for the fall line-up.

UW-Extension Lakes

April 1-3 - Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention – NOW ONLINE
Visit https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/default.aspx to register

 Will the 2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention be canceled or postponed?

Using Zoom technology, convention organizers from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UW-Madison Division of Extension, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes and others are collaborating to move the conference to a live, online format. For more information and to register, click here.

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