UW STTOUT has announced that an in-person commencement ceremony, for graduates only, will be held Saturday, May 8, at Johnson Fieldhouse.
Because of ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols, no family, other guests or spectators will be allowed. They will, however, be able to watch a livestream broadcast.
“We are excited and grateful that we will be able to offer our graduates the ability to receive their diploma during an in-person ceremony,” said Chancellor Katherine Frank. “We are working extremely hard to give our students as normal a college experience as possible, and this is an important step in that effort.”
To allow for social distancing, multiple small ceremonies will be held May 8, the number and times to be determined after the student registration deadline Friday, March 26. The university has about 1,300 graduates each spring.
Graduates who don’t take part can watch a recorded virtual ceremony. It will include speeches and a reading of names and degrees, said Commencement Coordinator Britta Miller.
Participants will be required to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the ceremony and wear a mask throughout the event. On commencement day, they must have proof of a new negative test result to take part.