Undergraduate Commencement

Important Dates

February 18, 2014- Student Speaker Information Session, 5:30pm, Alum Hall.  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.

May 2, 2014 - Grad Finale, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Center.  Attend one session.  Sessions begin at:

  • 2:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 4:30pm  Last Session.

Plan to spend an hour total at this event.  This event is required for all graduates participating in the commencement ceremony.   Graduates not in attendance will be charged a $25 fee.  If you cannot attend, contact Student Affairs, 414-382-6115. 

April 1, 2014 - Last day to request an additional Pitman Ticket.  Requests are not guaranteed.  Contact 414-382-6115 to request.

April 1, 2014 - Last day to request Handicap Ceremony Tickets.

March 31, 2014 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 14, 2014- Last day to purchase tickets for the Undergraduate Commencement Brunch.

May 16, 2014- Undergraduate Rehearsal, 3:30 p.m., Reiman Gymnasium

May 17, 2014- 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 March 31.  Orders placed after March 31 will incur a $25 late fee.

Order online at

Cost:  Approximately $40.  Credit and debit card only.  To request another form of payment, contact 414-382-6115.

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 414-382-6115 to make payment arrangements for the cap, tassel, and hood.

Catholic Mass

Catholic Mass is Saturday, May 17 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 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 must also have a ticket if they will be sitting in a seat.

Disruptive guests will be escorted out of the theatre.  Guests with a ticket to Pitman Theatre arriving after the ceremony has begun may be routed to a satellite theater. 

Handicap Seating

Handicap seating in Pitman Theatre is limited. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at 414-382-6115 to reserve tickets. Tickets must be requested before April 1, 2014.

All guests are required to have a ticket to enter Pitman Theatre. Guests in wheelchairs should enter the Pitman Theatre internal north door entrance between 12:45pm and 1:00pm. Guests arriving after the ceremony has begun will be routed to another theater.

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 14 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 16, 2014

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

Saturday, May 17, 2014

11:00 a.m. Catholic Mass Chapel
11:30 a.m. Commencement Brunch                      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
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.


Do you have a relative who is an Alverno College alumnae? 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. Contact the Alumnae Office, 414-382-6090 or before Friday, March 14th if your relative would like to marshal for the commencement ceremony. Note: Your relative must have graduated from Alverno College.


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.