2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 2016
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
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Prior to the commencement ceremony a student assembly will be held where you will pick up your name card and photo card, and assemble with graduates in your program.
The application deadline to participate in MATC's 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony is March 31, 2016.
This ceremony acknowledges students who anticipate completing their program requirements in the spring 2016 or summer 2016 semester.
If you do not meet the March 31, 2016 graduation application deadline, you may not receive Academic Honor Recognition consideration and you may not be listed in the commencement ceremony program book.
Please take the time to read through the following information carefully to determine if you are a potential graduate for the spring 2016 or summer 2016 semester. MATC wants to make sure that you are fully informed of the graduation process and do not miss out on acknowledging your achievement! Thank you and have a great semester. We hope to see you walking across the stage in May!
Are You A Potential Spring or summer Graduate?
You must be able to answer "yes" to the following three questions to be considered a potential graduate for the spring or summer semester.
Question 1: Are you officially admitted to an Associate Degree or Technical Diploma program?
You can view your active program(s), along with the program plan, on
INFOnline. After logging in to INFOnline, click "Students" then click the "Program Plan" link in the Academic Profile section. Your active programs are listed on the left. If the program from which you wish to graduate is listed then you are officially admitted to the program and can answer "Yes" to Question 1.
If your answer to Question 1 is:
- Continue to Question 2
- You MUST first be officially admitted to a program BEFORE applying for graduation from it. The steps for applying to an Associate Degree or Technical Diploma program are available online by clicking
ADMISSIONS or you may contact the Admissions Department at 414-297-6542.
Question 2: Do you anticipate completing your program in the spring or summer semester?
Access your program plan on
INFOnline to view your program summary status. Check the box of the active program from which you wish to graduate then click "Submit" to view the program plan. Scroll down to view the "Program Summary" status. Your program plan will indicate one of the following three program summary statuses: Anticipated Complete, Complete or In Progress. If the program summary status is "Anticipated Complete" then you can answer "Yes" to Question 2. If the status is "Complete" then you may apply for graduation, but you may not be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. If the status is "In Progress" and you plan to complete the program in the summer semester, you may answer "Yes" to Question 2. If the status is "In Progress" and you do not plan to attend the summer semester, please contact your advisor or a counselor to determine the courses you need to complete your program.
Program Entry requirements that have not been met may be disregarded if you are already officially admitted into the program.
If your answer to Question 2 is:
- Continue to Question 3
- Recheck your program summary status once you are closer to completing your program requirements to see if it has updated to "Anticipated Complete." If you have any questions regarding your program plan requirements, contact your program advisor or a counselor. Your advisor's information should be listed at the top of your program plan. If one is not listed, please contact the
DEAN'S OFFICE for your program.
Question 3: Is your cumulative GPA at least 2.000?
Access your program plan on
INFOnline to view your current cumulative GPA. It is listed in the "Program Summary" section of your program plan. A cumulative GPA is a calculation of the average of grades of all completed MATC courses from all previous semesters up to the current semester. If your cumulative GPA is 2.000 or higher then you can answer "Yes" to Question 3.
If your answer to Question 3 is:
- Congratulations! If you answered "Yes" to Questions 1, 2 and 3 then you are a potential graduate. Please review and complete the
GRADUATION APPLICATION PROCESS. Please also review the
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY INFORMATION sections.
- Please contact your advisor or a counselor for further guidance. If you believe that your cumulative GPA is incorrect, please contact the Graduation Department at 414-297-8108.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Do I have to submit a graduation application?
Answer: Yes, submitting a graduation application is REQUIRED if you wish to graduate from a program, regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.
Question: How and where do I submit a graduation application?
Answer: Students may apply for graduation at any of the following four campus locations:
- Downtown Milwaukee Campus: Room S123
- Mequon Campus: Room A110
- Oak Creek Campus: Room A106
- West Allis Campus: Room 114
Applications are also available online by visiting
GRADUATION APPLICATION PROCESS
. Mail completed applications, including the $15 fee if you plan to attend the commencement ceremony, to MATC, Graduation Department, 700 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.
Before submitting a graduation application, please be sure that you answered "Yes" to questions 1, 2 and 3 in the previous section to be considered a potential graduate.
Question: Is there a fee to apply for graduation?
Answer: If you plan to attend the commencement ceremony there is a $15 fee due at the time you submit your graduation application. If you do not plan to attend the ceremony, you do not have to pay a fee.
Question: If I'm not attending the commencement ceremony, do I still need to apply for graduation?
Answer: Yes, you need to submit a graduation application regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.
Question: If I plan to complete my program in the summer semester, should I attend the spring or winter commencement ceremony?
Answer: POTENTIAL SUMMER SEMESTER GRADUATES MUST ATTEND THE SPRING CEREMONY. You may not participate in the winter ceremony if you complete your program in the summer. The spring ceremony recognizes potential spring and summer semester graduates.
Question: Is there a deadline to submit a graduation application?
Answer: If you wish to participate in the 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony, the application deadline is March 31, 2016. Please also note that if you do meet the March 31, 2016 deadline, you may not receive Academic Honor Recognition consideration and you may not be listed in the commencement ceremony book.
Question: When and where will the commencement ceremony take place?
Answer: The 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place May 13, 2016 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena located at 400 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203.
Question: What should I expect after submitting a graduation application?
Answer: Once the Graduation Department receives your graduation application, staff will evaluate your program requirement progress to determine graduation eligibility. A letter will be sent to you via the U.S. postal service informing you of the evaluation results and the steps you need to take next. If eligible, commencement ceremony information will be included with the letter. Graduation is processed after final grades are entered and all program requirements are met. If you complete your program requirements in the spring, you will receive your diploma mid-July. If you complete your program requirements in the summer, you will receive your diploma mid-October. Please be sure to keep your address current on INFOnline so that your diploma can reach you successfully.
Question: Will graduating from a program affect my financial aid?
Answer: Yes, once you have graduated from a program you will not be eligible for financial aid unless you are actively enrolled in another financial aid eligible program.
Question: Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Answer: If you have additional questions regarding the graduation process or the commencement ceremony, contact the Graduation Department at 414-297-8108 or
email@example.com. If you have questions regarding your program requirements, please contact your program advisor or a counselor. Your advisor's contact information should be listed at the top of your program plan. If one is not listed, please contact the
DEAN'S OFFICE for your program.
Commencement Ceremony Information
Cap, Gown and Tassel
Pick up your cap, gown and tassel from any campus Bookstore Wednesday, April 27, 2016 through Thursday, May 12, 2016. Campus Bookstores will have a listing of graduate applicants and will ask that you provide a picture ID when picking up your cap, gown and tassel. Bookstore staff will be available to assist students in selecting the appropriate gown size.
We recommend picking up your cap, gown and tassel during the first week of availability to avoid any delays or potential issues. Check with Bookstores for hours of operation.
Admission tickets are not needed to attend the ceremony. Students are encouraged to invite as many guests as they would like to the ceremony. Announcements are provided with your cap and gown, if you wish to use them.
A coat check will be available at the ceremony location, but will NOT check personal items, such as purses, phones, etc.
Please note that flowers, novelties or any other personal items, such as purses, phones, etc., may NOT be worn, used or carried while walking across the stage. Electronic devices of any kind are also not permitted. We recommend keeping personal items at home or with a family member or friend during the ceremony to avoid any potential issues. Students may also want to notify family and friends that the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena does not allow balloons in the arena.
Ceremony instructions will be announced during the student assembly approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony begins. Please listen to these instructions carefully.
Please be aware that once the ceremony begins, you will not be allowed to leave until it's over.
Walking on Stage
When it comes time to approach the stage, take your name card and photo card that you receive during the student assembly with you. As you approach the stage, hand your photo card to the photographer and your name card to the announcer. Personal items, such as purses, phones, etc., may NOT be worn, carried or used while walking across the stage.
A professional photographer will be present at the commencement ceremony to take a full-length photo of each student as they walk across the stage. Students will receive a photo card to fill out during the student assembly. (
THIS CARD IS IMPORTANT - PLEASE FILL IT OUT AND HOLD ON TO IT.) Please note that family and friends are
not allowed on the arena floor during the ceremony to take pictures. Questions regarding photos taken during the ceremony should be directed to the photographer at
Each student will receive a blank diploma cover at the commencement ceremony. Participation in the ceremony does not guarantee graduation from a program. Graduation from a program will be processed once all program requirements have been met.
If you complete your program requirements in the spring, you will receive your diploma mid-July. If you complete your program requirements in the summer, you will receive your diploma mid-October. Please be sure to keep your address current on INFOnline so that your diploma is mailed to the correct address.
Childcare services will not be provided during the commencement ceremony. Please be sure to make appropriate childcare arrangements in advance.
Information about Graduation Follow-up Survey
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) surveys graduates six months after they complete a certificate, technical diploma or associate degree program. Filling out the survey will only take a few minutes and the responses are strictly confidential. Your responses to the Graduate Follow-up Survey will help MATC and our future students.
MATC uses the responses from the survey:
- for career awareness, helping both future and current students
- for planning efforts for those making or assisting with career decisions
- for certificate, technical diploma and associate degree program planning, development and evaluation
- to determine funding from the state of Wisconsin
A statewide report is used by a variety of educational professionals, especially high school guidance counselors, in their efforts to provide students with information to make sound career decisions.
Please update your non-MATC email and phone number so that we can keep in touch with you. This can be done easily online by clicking
MATC Self Service.
Congratulations to all prospective graduates!
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Milwaukee, WI 53233