The UW-Madison Winter Commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, December 22, 2013 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Kohl Center, located at 601 West Dayton Street. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. No tickets are required for admission, and the ceremony is open to the public. Candidates are asked to be in their seats 20 minutes prior to the starting time of the ceremony.
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Tickets are not required for students or guests, and there is no limit to the number of guests who may attend. Seating in the Kohl Center is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Due to very limited parking close to the Kohl Center, we encourage participants and guests to look for parking in lots 6, 7, 17, 20, 29, 36, 39, 40, 41, 44, 46, 54, 83 and 92 although most university parking lots will be available for participant and guest parking. A map of available nearby parking lots will be included with caps and gowns when they are picked up at the University Book Store. A complimentary bus shuttle will be provided to transport participants and guests between Union South and the Kohl Center.
PARTICIPANTS/GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES
Please contact the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty (call (608) 262-3958 or e-mail us) if you or your guests need sign language interpreting, have questions about accessibility or need to make specific accommodation requests. Although captioning and sign language interpreting will be provided at all ceremonies, telling us in advance will ensure that an adequate number of interpreters are present. We are happy to provide, upon request, accessible parking or other accommodations as needed. Such requests must be made no later than Friday, December 13 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Accessible parking is limited, and permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that disabled plates and cards are NOT valid to secure space in lots reserved for accessible commencement parking. To reserve a parking permit, email or call (608) 262-8683. Identify the date and time of the ceremony you will attend and provide your contact information. No permit reservations will be taken after December 13. Permits are limited to one per guest. Permits must be picked up between Monday, December 9 and Thursday, December 19 at the drive-through located at 21 North Park Street. Drive-through hours of operation are 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guests who have reserved permits must show an ID to the customer service staff when they pick up the permits.
The drop-off location for elderly and disabled guests is on West Dayton Street in front of the Kohl Center, and is approximately 250-300 feet from the entrance doors. Open-air electric vehicles will be available, unless severe weather precludes their use, to transport those individuals from the drop-off location, as well as from the lot designated for accessible parking, to the entrance of the Kohl Center. Wheelchair assistance will be available inside the facility.
Designated accessible seating for the elderly and for persons with disabilities is available in the Kohl Center on a first-come, first-served basis. The first three rows on the entrance level of the Kohl Center are designated for elderly and/or disabled guests who do not use wheelchairs. Due to limited space, we request that only one companion sit with each person with a disability in the accessible seating area. Inside the Gate A entrance, elevators are located to the left (near seating sections 103 and 104); inside the Gate B entrance, elevators are located immediately to the right. Seating areas for wheelchair users are located throughout the Kohl Center. Look for the entrances with the blue and white wheelchair access symbol. It is recommended that guests arrive 60 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to locate accessible seating.
For additional accessibility information such as assistive listening devices, restroom accessibility, etc., see the Kohl Center's accessibility guide.
Professional photographers will take individual photographs of graduates as they receive their diploma folders and as they leave the platform. Instructions for receiving complimentary photographic proofs will be available on each degree candidate's chair.
All items brought into the Kohl Center are subject to search. For the safety and security of all Kohl Center guests, certain items are prohibited, including but not limited to: coolers, cans, bottles, thermoses, backpacks, large bags, luggage, food or beverage items, banners, flags, signs, noise-makers, laser pointers, weapons, balloons, etc. Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited. Cameras and video recording devices are allowed in the facility during commencement ceremonies. Storage facilities are not available for checking prohibited items.
COUNTDOWN TO COMMENCEMENT
In preparation for commencement, the Wisconsin Alumni Association sponsors Countdown to Commencement. For 2013 Winter Commencement, this event will be held November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University Book Store, 711 State Street. At Countdown, students can order commencement attire, graduation announcements, yearbooks, class rings, have a graduation photo taken, and more. Attendance is encouraged but is not mandatory.
Contact your dean's office to inquire about other commencement-related activities that might be planned by your specific school or college.
FUTURE COMMENCEMENT DATES
(specific times will be announced in June 2014)
Winter 2014: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Spring 2015: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15, 16 and 17, 2015
Office of the Secretary of the Faculty
University of Wisconsin - Madison
133 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380
Phone: (608) 262-3958
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