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Commencement 2014

Dean’s Commencement Luncheon

The Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences honors each graduate and his/her guest at the annual Dean's luncheon.  This is always a high point of the commencement festivities.  Formal invitations with menu choices are sent early March to each graduate. RSVPs are due back on or before the end of April, a specific date is TBD.  If not attending the luncheon portion, the favor of a reply is still requested.

Date:                Friday, May 16, 2014
Time:                TBD
Location:           Kilbourn Hall – The Milwaukee Theater
Address:           500 W. Kilbourn Avenue
                        Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cost:                TBD

Note: You are welcome to bring your child/children to the Dean's Commencement Luncheon.  
If you choose to do so, here are some things to consider:

  • The facility does not have any provisions for small children, so we recommend you bring a stroller/booster seat.  The facility will provide a chair for a booster seat.
  • A children's plate will be offered for approximately $15.

Please note on your RSVP card if you are bringing a child, and note if you will not need a child's plate so you are not charged.

Commencement Ceremony Information

Date:               Friday, May 16, 2014

Time:               4:00pm – 6:00pm

Place:               500 W. Kilbourn Avenue
                        Milwaukee, Wisconsin
                        Wisconsin Center District Lot Entrance

Parking:            500 W. Wells Street
                        Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For handicap accommodations please contact the Milwaukee Theater directly. 
You will find information by visiting their website:

There are NO TICKETS, and plenty of seating for everyone who wishes to attend the commencement ceremony.  Doors open at 3:00pm prior to the start of the ceremony.  Selection of seats is on a first come basis.  The lower level is strictly reserved for all graduation candidates only.  Family and guests are to find seats in the areas identified as Mezzanine and Balcony.  Commencement ceremony attendees are encouraged to be seated by 3:45pm.  Please do not leave seats empty between your group and others or within your group.

Graduation Regalia
Caps, gowns and hoods have been rented for each graduate.  Regalia may be picked up from the Graduate School Office (M1420) in early May.  Graduates will be notified by email with details for regalia pick up.  Regalia will need to be pressed or hung up to get rid of wrinkles.  For those who are out of town and unable to pick up their regalia, please notify the Graduate School office at 414-955-8218 to make arrangements.

All regalia must be returned on the day of commencement upon the completion of the commencement ceremony.  All graduates retain their tassel, while PhD graduates also keep their hoods to wear throughout their lifetime whenever involved in academic ceremonies. 

Note: Business attire is expected for all graduates throughout all festivities.  Jeans, pajamas, flip flops and other leisure wear is not appropriate.

Graduates will receive important information via their MCW email accounts as graduation preparations are being made during the next several months.

Graduates are encouraged to take photos in their regalia before the ceremony.  Parents and friends are not allowed to move within the graduate seating section of the theater to take photos of the ceremony.  A professional photographer will take individual photos of each graduate as the diploma is received, and upon exiting the stage.  Graduates will be provided proofs and given the opportunity to purchase the professional photos in June, at a nominal cost.

Additionally, the Graduate School provides an opportunity for family photographs immediately following the ceremony, prior to returning the regalia.

Commencement Announcements/Invitations
Personalized announcements and invitations can be ordered through Jostens, Inc.  You may place your personal order via their website at

Arrangements for out-of-town guests
Graduates located out of the Milwaukee area can find information on transportation, lodging, food, events and weather conditions by going to "Visit Milwaukee" and clicking on the Visitor's tab. The Graduate staff is also available for assistance.  The graduate is responsible for all costs associated with attending the Commencement events.  The Graduate School is not responsible for costs to attend the ceremony under any circumstances.

Click here for directions to the Milwaukee Theater (PDF)

There are several parking opportunities available in downtown Milwaukee near the Milwaukee Theater.  All parking areas offer handicap parking.  Pricing and availability is variable depending upon other scheduled events in the area.

  • Metered street parking

On weekdays the street parking available on Kilbourn Avenue is metered.  The metered parking system accepts cash as well as credit card payments. 

  • Delta Airlines Center Indoor/Outdoor Parking

Both indoor and outdoor parking is available directly across the street from the Milwaukee Theater and US Cellular Arena on Kilbourn Avenue.  Use Wells street to enter the parking facilities.

  • BMO Harris Bradley Center Indoor/Outdoor Parking

The indoor BMO Harris Bradley Center parking structure is located between State and Highland off of N 6th Street.  The outdoor parking lot is located across the street from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) east of N 6th Street between State and Highland.

  • Exit Surveys for Graduating Students

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences surveys graduates to help improve future educational programs.  Your participation is important for the college's evaluation process.  All responses remain anonymous, and are collated once each year for the Graduate Studies Council.  Continuous improvement is expected, spurred by your valuable feedback.
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