Undergraduate Commencement

Important Dates

February 17, 2015- Student Speaker Information Session, 5:30pm, FO 146.  Learn about auditioning for the role of Student Speaker and Coordinator of Ceremony.  Can't attend the session?  Stop in Student Affairs, AF 205, for an information packet.

April 1, 2015 - Last day to request an additional Pitman Ticket.  Requests are not guaranteed.  Contact 414-382-6118 to request.

April 1, 2015- Last day to request Wheelchair Seating or seating for guests who require special accommodations.  NOTE:  Pitman Theatre does have a balcony.  Balcony seats are accessible by stairs only.  There is no elevator.  If your guests cannot climb stairs, please contact Student Affairs at 414-382-6118.

April 4, 2015 at Midnight- Last day to order caps, gowns, and tassels.  Click Here to order.  Apparel will be available for pick up at Grad Finale.

May 6, 2015 - Grad Finale, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Center.  

This event is mandatory for all graduates participating in the commencement ceremony.   Graduates not in attendance will be charged a $25 fee.  Contact Student Affairs, 414-382-6115, with questions.  Plan to spend an hour total at this event. 

You will be asked to complete a short, electronic survey related to your career plans.  Computers are limited so please attend the session that corresponds with the first letter of your last name.   

3:00 p.m.     A-G

3:30 p.m.     H-N

4:00 p.m.     O-S

4:30 p.m.      T-Z

May 8, 2015- Last day to purchase tickets for the Undergraduate Commencement Brunch.

May 22, 2015- Undergraduate Rehearsal, 3:30 p.m., Reiman Gymnasium.  Cap & Gown is not required.

May 23, 2015- Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, 2:00 p.m., Pitman Theatre.

Cap & Gown

All graduates should order and pay for their cap and gown before midnight on April 4th.  Orders placed after the deadline will incur a $25 late fee and extra shipping charges. The website opens for orders on February 4.

Order online at

Cost:  Approximately $40.  Credit and debit card only.  To request another form of payment, contact 414-382-6118.

Caps, gowns, and tassels will be available for pick up at Grad Finale.  The hood will be received on the day of Commencement.  Try on your gown at Grad Finale. 

If you are borrowing a gown, please call 414-382-6118 to make payment arrangements for the cap, tassel, and hood.

Catholic Mass

Catholic Mass is Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel.  Celebrate and pray with family, friends, faculty, staff, and fellow graduates in gratitude for what has been and with hope for what will come.  Participation from graduates is greatly desired and much appreciated.  Many opportunities are available.  To participate, contact the Campus Minister at 414-382-6352.  Graduates can attend the mass and the brunch afterwards.

Ceremony Tickets

The Undergraduate Ceremony takes place in Pitman Theatre.  Each graduate will receive 3 tickets to Pitman Theatre.  Seating is assigned. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves.   NOTE:  Pitman Theatre does have a balcony.  Balcony seats are accessible by stairs only.  There is no elevator.  If your guests cannot climb stairs, please contact Student Affairs at 414-382-6118.

Graduates should pick up their tickets in person at Grad Finale. Tickets cannot be mailed or picked up by anyone other than the graduate.

Each graduate will also receive 5 tickets to a satellite theater. The Conference Center, Wehr Hall, and Lampe Hall are satellite theaters. Guests in these theaters view the commencement ceremony on large screens.

All guests need a ticket to enter the theaters.  Children under the age of 2 do not need a ticket but must sit on the lap of an adult. 

Guests with a ticket to Pitman Theatre arriving after the ceremony has begun may need to wait for a break in the ceremony before being seated. Disruptive guests will be escorted out of the theaters. 

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating and seating for guests who require special accommodations must be requested before April 1, 2015.  Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 414-382-6118. All guests are required to have a ticket to enter Pitman Theatre.

Commencement Brunch

An all-you-can-eat brunch is available for graduates and guests on graduation day.  Graduates receive a complimentary ticket.  Tickets may be purchased in Student Affairs, AF 205, or at the Grad Finale event.  Tickets will not be available after May 8 or on the day of graduation.  Cash or check only.  Please make checks payable to Alverno College.

Ticket Prices

$12 Adult

$6 Children (Ages 5-12)

Free Children age 4 and under

The brunch menu includes egg casseroles, cheesy hash browns, french toast sticks, broccoli and cauliflower salad, pasta salad, fresh fruit, assorted danish, doughnuts, bagels and beverages.

Commencement Keepsake

A commencement DVD is a perfect keepsake for graduates.  DVD's are available for $20.  Complete the form below and return to the Media Hub with payment.  Commencement DVD Purchase Form

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

1:30 p.m. Student Speaker Rehearsal (speakers only) Pitman Theatre
3:00 p.m. Rehearsal Reiman Gymnasium
 5:00 p.m. President's Dinner  Conference Center

Saturday, May 23, 2015

11:00 a.m. Catholic Mass Chapel
11:30 a.m. Commencement Brunch                      La Verna Commons
  Served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.   
12:45 p.m. Wheelchair Seating  Tickets required for entry Pitman Theatre
1:00 p.m. Theatre Seating

Pitman Theatre

Conference Center

Lampe Hall

Wehr Hall

1:15 p.m. Gathering of Participants Reiman Gymnasium
2:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Pitman Theatre
4:00 p.m. Kente Ceremony Conference Center

Hearing Impaired

Disability-related accommodations are available for graduates and/or their guests through the Instructional Services Department. Requests are typically scheduled two months prior to the graduation ceremony. In order to successfully meet your needs and ensure that appropriate accommodations are made, please contact the Coordinator for Disability Services at 414-382-6026.


It is an Alverno tradition to have alumnae relatives of the current graduating class participate as marshals in the commencement ceremony, leading the students, faculty and staff, and trustees in and out of Pitman Theatre.  Do you have an alumnae relative you would like to serve in your graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 23, 2015?  Please contact the Alumnae Relations Office at
414-382-6090 or by Friday, March 13 to submit alumnae relative names for consideration and inclusion in the graduation marshal lottery. Those picked in the lottery will be notified by the end of the month.


A live webcast will be available during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for those who cannot attend the ceremony in person.  Click the Graduation link on the left to view.