MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
SPRING 2015 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
MAY 15, 2015
UW-MILWAUKEE PANTHER ARENA (formerly US Cellular Arena)
400 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee
Student Assembly – 4:30 P.M.
Prior to the commencement ceremony a student assembly will be held where you will pick up your name card, photo card and assemble with graduates in your program.
The deadline to apply for MATC’s Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony is March 31, 2015. This ceremony acknowledges students who anticipate completing their program in spring 2015 or summer 2015.
IMPORTANT: If you do not meet the March 31, 2015 graduation application deadline, you will not be considered for the Lamp of Knowledge Award 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 spring 2015 graduate. MATC wants to make sure that you are fully informed of the graduation process and do not miss out on this special occasion acknowledging your achievement! Thank you and have a great semester. We hope to see you walking across the stage this spring!
ARE YOU A POTENTIAL GRADUATE?
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ANSWER “YES” TO THE FOLLOWING THREE QUESTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED A POTENTIAL GRADUATE.
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, which can be accessed at http://infonline.matc.edu or by clicking 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:
YES – Continue to Question 2.
NO – 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: Is your program plan’s program summary status “Anticipated Complete”?
Access your program plan on INFOnline to view your program plan’s 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: In Progress, Anticipated Complete or Complete. 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.
NOTES: If you plan to complete your program in the summer semester, your program summary status may be “In Progress.” This is acceptable and you may answer “Yes” to Question 2. Program Entry requirements that have not been met can be disregarded if you are already officially admitted into the program.
If your answer to Question 2 is:
YES – Continue to Question 3.
NO – 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 counselor. Your advisor 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 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:
YES – 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 be sure to review the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY INFORMATION as well.
NO – If you believe that your cumulative GPA is incorrect, please contact the Graduation Department at 414-297-8108. For further advisement, contact your advisor or counselor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Question: I am a potential graduate. Do I have to submit a graduation application?
Answer: Yes, submitting a graduation application is REQUIRED if you wish to be graduated 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: Students may apply at the Welcome Center located on the first floor of the Student Center in the S Building
- Mequon, Oak Creek and West Allis Campuses: Students may apply at the Student Services Office
- Mequon Campus – Room A110
- Oak Creek Campus – Room A106
- West Allis Campus – Room 114
Applications are 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.
IMPORTANT: 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: Do I still need to apply for graduation if I do not plan to attend the commencement ceremony?
Answer: Yes, you need to submit a graduation application regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.
Question: Is there a deadline to submit a graduation application?
Answer: Yes, the graduation application deadline to attend the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony is March 31, 2015.
Question: When and where will the commencement ceremony take place?
Answer: The Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony will take place May 15, 2015 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 will be processed after final grades are entered and all program requirements have been met. Diplomas are then mailed approximately eight weeks after the end of the semester. Please be sure to keep your address current on INFOnline so all graduation information and your diploma can reach you successfully.
Question: Will graduating from a program affect my financial aid?
Answer: Yes, once 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 any additional questions regarding graduation, you may contact the Graduation Department at 414-297-8108 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding your program requirements, please contact your program advisor or counselor. Your advisor 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 at any of the four campus Bookstore locations beginning April 29, 2015. 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. Each student will receive one tassel. Additional tassels are available for purchase. Check with Bookstores for hours of operation.
NOTE: We recommend picking up your cap, gown and tassel during the first two weeks of availability to avoid any delays or potential issues.
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, carried or used during the ceremony. 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 problems. Students may also want to notify family and friends that the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena does not allow balloons in the arena.
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 white 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.
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 with you. As you approach the stage, hand your photo card to the photographer and your name card to the announcer.
Each student will receive a blank diploma cover at the commencement ceremony. Actual graduation from a program is not complete until final grades are entered and all program requirements are met. For this reason, diplomas will be mailed out approximately eight weeks after the end of the semester. PLEASE NOTE THAT PARTICIPATION IN THE CEREMONY DOES NOT GUARANTEE GRADUATION FROM A PROGRAM.
NOTE: Childcare services will not be provided during the commencement ceremony. Please make appropriate childcare arrangements in advance.
Congratulations to all potential graduates!
700 W. State Street, Room S115A
Milwaukee, WI 53233