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MCW-Central Wisconsin Graduation 2024

MCW-Central Wisconsin Commencement

MCW-Central Wisconsin Commencement Ceremony 2024
Date: Friday, May 24, 2024
Time: 1 p.m. CDT
Location: SentryWorld Atrium | 601 Michigan Ave. N, Stevens Point, WI 54481

MCW-Central Wisconsin Graduate Awards Luncheon
Date: Friday, May 24, 2024
Time: 11 a.m. CDT
Location: SentryWorld Grand Hall (Invite only; RSVP required)

MCW-Central Wisconsin Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

What time can guests arrive at SentryWorld?

Doors to the Atrium will open to guests beginning at 10 a.m. Open seating will be available to all guests on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Does SentryWorld accommodate ADA seating? 

SentryWorld is fully ADA accessible. Staff will be happy to help direct guests when they arrive.

Do I need tickets for my guests attending the Commencement Ceremonies?

No. The Commencement Ceremonies are on a first-come, first-serve basis and no tickets are required. The Atrium at SentryWorld can accommodate over 200 guests.

What is the parking like at SentryWorld?

Ample parking is available near the Atrium.

Who is the Commencement Speaker for 2024?

Kathy Kelsey Foley will give this year's address. She is a retired director of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, where she was awarded the title of Director Emerita by the museum’s Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a big supporter of the MCW-CW campus and an active member of the MCW-Central Wisconsin Community Advisory Board.

Will the Commencement Ceremony be live-streamed?

The entire MCW community is invited to lend its support to the 2024 graduating students by attending the Ceremony in person, or virtually via MCW’s YouTube channel.

Watch the event live on YouTube on May 24

What time should students arrive at SentryWorld?

Students should arrive at SentryWorld Fieldhouse at 10:15 a.m. to take a class picture and perform a rehearsal prior to full Commencement.

How do I get a cap and gown for the ceremonies?

Student regalia should have been ordered through the Jostens Portal prior to April 11. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please reach out to

How do I wear my regalia?

Please view the informative regalia video that was created to help show the proper way to wear regalia, and the process of Hooding.

View the Commencement Regalia Guide

When do I receive my Diploma?

You will receive your official diploma when you cross the stage.

What is the process for photos and videos during the ceremony?

Professional photographers will be taking photos of each graduate at the ceremony. Guests should refrain from approaching the stage to take pictures or video during the ceremony.

How long will the ceremony take?

The commencement ceremony will last approximately one (1) hour.

Contact Us

Please contact Special Events with questions related to the ceremony.

Special Events