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Undergraduate Commencement

Congratulations May Graduates!

Important Dates and Information

Commencement Speaker Information Session

February 21, 2017
5:30 p.m. in  FO 146
Learn about auditoning for a commencement speaker role.

Extra Pitman Ticket Requests

Contact the Dean of Students Office at 414-382-6118.
Additional tickets are limited to 1 ticket per student. 
Requests are not guaranteed.  Requests due before April 1.

Special Accommodations & Wheelchair Seating

Special seating accommodations may be requested by calling the Dean of Students Office at 414-382-6118.  Please note Pitman Theatre has a balcony access via staircase only.  If you require floor seating only, please let us know before April 1.

Caps & Gowns

Order your commencement apparel before midnight on April 1.
Your Graduation Fee includes the cost of the cap and gown, simply submit your order online.  Orders placed after the deadline will incur a $25 processing feeClick here to order.  Orders will be available for pick up at Grad Finale.

Grad Finale

May 3, 2017 
3:00–5:30 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. Plan to spend an hour total at this event.  Contact the Dean of Students Office, 414-382-6118, with questions or if you are unable to attend.

You will be asked to complete a short, electronic survey related to your career plans.  Computers are limited.  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

Baccalaureate Liturgy

Saturday, May 20 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. 

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 up to 5 tickets to a satellite theater.
La Verna Commons, Wehr Hall, and Lampe Hall are satellite theaters. Guests in these theaters view the commencement ceremony live 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.

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 at the Grad Finale event or in Student Affairs, FO-119, after the Grad Finale. Tickets will not be available after May 17, 2017. Cash or check only. Please make checks payable to Alverno College.

Ticket Prices
$12 Adult
$6 Children (ages 5-12)
Children age 4 and under are free

The brunch menu includes egg casseroles, cheesy hash browns, french toast sticks, 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 19, 2017
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 20, 2017
11:00 a.m. Baccalaureate Liturgy Chapel
11:30 a.m. Commencement Brunch Conference Center
  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. Seating opens Pitman, Commons,
Lampe, and Wehr Hall
1:15 p.m. Gathering of Graduates Reiman Gymnasium
2:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Pitman Theatre
4:00 p.m. Kente Ceremony Commons

For the 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 lead the students, faculty, staff, and trustees in and out of Pitman Theatre.  Contact Alumnae Relations at 414-382-6090 or to submit alumnae relative names for consideration and inclusion in the graduation marshal lottery. Those picked will be notified by email.


A live webcast will be available during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at for those who cannot attend the ceremony in person.  

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