Commencement: Family and Guest Information

Information for guests attending the UW-Stout commencement ceremonies.
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Commencement Dates

Winter Commencement 2019: December 14, 2019
Spring Commencement 2020: May 9, 2020

Johnson Fieldhouse, 220 13th Avenue E

Information about hotels and restaurants in the Menomonie area can be found through the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce.

Doors will open for seating 45 minutes prior to each ceremony. Each ceremony will last approximately an hour and a half to two hours. Out of respect for other graduates and their guests, please plan to stay for the duration of the ceremony.

Alcoholic Beverages

Commencement is a very distinguished occasion at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. To ensure that the commencement ceremony is a memorable experience for all participants and guests, possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages, other non-prescription drugs or tobacco is prohibited on university grounds. Degree candidates will not be permitted to participate in commencement if in violation or under the influence of banned substances.

Graduation Buffet

Join us in between ceremonies for a celebratory meal! You will be provided your own family table featuring full linen service in a relaxing atmosphere. Learn about the Graduation Buffet, including how to purchase tickets, from University Dining & Catering.


Parking is available on all university lots the day of commencement in spots that are not marked as reserved. Lots #4 and #29 are nearest to the Johnson Fieldhouse and Sports and Fitness Center. ADA parking is available in all UW-Stout parking lots with a display of state-approved decal. Street Parking is also available. View a campus map of all parking lots.


A professional photographer will be contracted by UW-Stout to photograph the ceremonies. Guests are requested to remain seated throughout the ceremony. Guests may not approach the stage or stand in the aisles to take photographs during the ceremony. Each degree candidate will be photographed as they cross the stage during the ceremony. Personal photographs may be taken following the ceremony in the Johnson Fieldhouse or during the post-ceremony reception within the Sports and Fitness Center. In the weeks following the ceremony, degree candidates who participated will receive a small digital proof and optional ordering information from the photographer. Ordering prints from the photographer are optional and not required of degree candidates or their guests.

Post-Ceremony Reception

Immediately following each ceremony, a reception for degree candidates, guests, faculty, and staff will be held in Multi-Purpose room 50, on the lower level of the Sports and Fitness Center. Refreshments will be provided.