Commencement Ceremony Information


UPDATE, March 23, 2020:

The traditional Commencement ceremony, scheduled to be held Sunday, May 17, 2020, will not be held. Commencement Liturgy, scheduled for the same weekend, also will not be held

Edgewood College is exploring alternative ways to celebrate the enormous accomplishment of earning a college degree – at every level. 

We will share that information as soon as it becomes available.  

Time Event Attendees Location
Saturday May 16, 2020
4:00 pm
Commencement Liturgy
Refreshments to Follow
ALL Graduating Students & Guests St. Joseph Chapel Edgewood College
Sunday, May 17, 2020
12:00 PM
Education Doctoral (Ed. D.) Student Reception Ed.D. Students & Guests Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall
12:45 PM Doors Open Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center
1:00 PM Commencement Line UpAll graduating students must arrive for Commencement Line Up - lower level of the VMC Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center
1:30 PM Group picture for Ed.D. students only, group will walk to the Coliseum following pictures Ed.D. Graduates & Guests
Group picture in regalia (bring your cap, gown, and hood)
Alliant Energy Center
2:00 PM Commencement All Graduating Students & Guests Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center

Commencement Liturgy

Saturday, May 16, 4:00 pm | St. Joseph Chapel
A Mass celebrating commencement for all graduates and their families and friends. We welcome ALL. Celebrate the day with light celebratory refreshments immediately following Liturgy.

Ed.D. Program Reception

Sunday, May 17, 12:00 pm | Exhibition Hall
Graduates and their guests are invited to join the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program for a reception prior to commencement. The reception is held in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, in the Four Lakes Room.

Commencement Line-Up | Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Sunday, May 17, 1-1:15 pm | Coliseum
Graduates participating in Commencement must arrive in the Coliseum between 1:00 and 1:15 pm. Those who arrive after 1:30 will be placed at the end of the line of students and enter the hall last instead of with other students from their major.

Seating at the Ceremony

Tickets are not required for students or guests. Designated seating for the elderly and for persons with disabilities is available.


Ample parking is available at the Alliant Energy Center. Cost is $7.00 per vehicle. Please note: Cash only. Cards are not accepted for payment of parking.

Captioning Services

Edgewood College provides real time captioning (CART) for the ceremony. Priority seating is arranged for individuals to have better viewing access. Please let an usher know you will be utilizing the CART when you arrive, so you may be seated appropriately.


We ask that families remain in the seating area during the ceremony. Empire Photography will take individual photographs of graduates. Graduates will receive an email at their Edgewood email account with instructions on ordering photos.  If you do not receive an email, contact Empire Photography at (608)257-2941.

Edgewood College Bookstore

Staff from our bookstore will be on site before and after the commencement ceremony if you would like to purchase items such as diploma frames, gifts, or insignia apparel for your graduate. Credit cards and checks accepted.

Graduation Resources

Graduation is an exciting time! Here you will find the steps on how to obtain your degree and participate in the Edgewood College commencement ceremony.

Please review each step below to make sure you have completed all the necessary requirements to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Graduation Status

You are considered eligible for graduation if your Advising Worksheet indicates all requirements for your degree will be completed by the end of the semester in which you intend to graduate. Please contact the Registrar’s Office with questions about your degree completion status.

Please submit your Intent to Graduate form. This form will trigger all subsequent graduation-related communications.

Graduation Steps

  1. Log into Edgewood Express
  2. Check your Advising Worksheet to be sure all requirements have been met or are in progress
  3. Make sure you have submitted your Intent to Graduate form – verify diploma name and address

Once grades are posted at the end of the term, completion of your degree will be verified by the Registrar’s Office. If all requirements are fulfilled, your degree will be conferred.

Edgewood College awards degrees and posts them to student transcripts three times each year: January 10, May 25, and August 25. The administrative process of conferring degrees is different than the formal commencement ceremony, which is held once each year, in May.

Participate in Commencement Ceremony May 2020

If you have submitted your Intent to Graduate form through Edgewood Express and would like to participate in the commencement ceremony, please complete the following steps.

  1. RSVP for the ceremony – This form will trigger all further commencement-related communications.
  2. Order your graduation attire through Herff Jones

Important Dates and Deadlines for students eligible to walk in the May 2020 Commencement Ceremony:

  • Cap and Gown Ordering available through Herff Jones
    • November 2019 – March 2020
      Late orders will NOT be accepted
  • RSVP for Liturgy for Liturgy: May 1, 2020
  • Graduation/Cap and Gown Pick-up Fair: Spring 2020
  • If you do not order graduation attire or RSVP by Friday, April 3, 2020, your name will NOT be listed in the commencement program.

*Ceremony participation instructions will be sent in early May*

If you have a FERPA hold on your student record, but would like your name displayed in the commencement program, you will need to request to have the FERPA hold removed.

Graduates who expect to graduate in May and have submitted their Intent to Graduate form will have their names printed in the program regardless of whether they will or will not be attending. August and January graduates will be listed in the program if they have RSVP’d.

If the ceremony needs to be canceled for any reason, an Eagle Alert will be sent. Please be sure to sign up for these alerts prior to the ceremony. You can check the Edgewood College website for more information.

Pictures at the Ceremony

Empire Photography has been photographing our commencement ceremonies for many years. Each graduate is photographed as they receive their diploma and a solo portrait is also taken after they exit the stage. Proofs will be sent to graduates and their families within 48 hours of the ceremony. If you have any questions, please email Empire Photography.

Pictures may be taken by guests in designated photo areas following the ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony Videos

Anyone who is unable to attend the commencement ceremony can watch a live broadcast by clicking on this link.

If you are not able to watch the commencement ceremony live, an on-demand video will be posted approximately one hour after the end of the ceremony.

Academic Honors and Awards

Graduation honors are awarded to Undergraduate students only, and are calculated in the Registrar’s Office approximately two weeks prior to the commencement ceremony. A student’s final term of attendance will be included in the calculation for graduation honors after grades are submitted for their final term and will appear on the student's final transcript and diploma.

Eligibility Requirement for Undergraduate Graduation Honors:

A minimum of 60 credits earned at Edgewood College

Graduation Honors Calculation:

  • Summa cum laude - 3.90 or above grade point average
  • Magna cum laude - 3.70 or above grade point average
  • Cum laude - 3.50 or above grade point average

Note: Graduation honors are based on the final grade point average (GPA) of Edgewood College credits. Graduation honors are different from semester honors calculations or graduation from the Honors Program.

Graduation Honors, if awarded, will be noted in the commencement program, based on the last grading cycle in which the student was enrolled. Honors cords are not worn or recognized at the Commencement ceremony.

Military Veterans Service Cords

Edgewood College honors its graduating military veterans by presenting them with special red, white, and blue cords to wear during the commencement ceremony. Please join us in thanking them for their dedicated service to our country.

Requirements to Obtain a Degree Diploma or Certificate

In addition to your program requirements, please make sure you check your total credits periodically so that you know you will have earned the required amount by graduation time.

  • Bachelor’s Degree – 120 credits
  • Master’s in Accountancy – 30 credits
  • Master of Business Administration – 37 credits
  • MBA in Healthcare Administration – 42 credits
  • Master’s in Child Life – 39 credits
  • Master’s in Education – 33 credits
  • Master’s in Nursing – 36 credits
  • Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy – 48 credits
  • Master’s in Organizational Leadership – 30 credits
  • Master’s in Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership – 33 credits
  • Doctor of Education – 54 credits
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – 30 Credits

GPA Requirements

Make sure you are aware of your GPA and what is required for graduation:

  • Bachelor’s degrees require a minimum 2.00 to graduate
  • Master’s and Doctoral degrees require a minimum 3.00 to graduate

Note: Some academic departments have major or minor GPA requirements that are different from the graduation GPA requirement. Please reference your Advising Worksheet for this information.

Residency requirement:

Undergraduates must complete a minimum of 32 credits at Edgewood College to earn a degree.

Graduate students must complete at least 2/3 of their program’s credit requirement at Edgewood College to earn a degree.

Verify Your Degree Status

Review your Advising Worksheet early and often to verify you have completed, are in progress with, or are registered for all degree requirements. You can view your Advising Worksheet by logging into Edgewood Express. If all courses are satisfied or in progress, please submit your Intent to Graduate form.


Diplomas are mailed six to eight weeks after the semester ends. If you receive grades of Incomplete or have other deficiencies on your record, your diploma or certificate will not be sent until the end of the semester during which all obligations have been satisfied. If you terminated your attendance for any period of time, you may be required to meet the current graduation requirements of the program in which you reenroll.

Additional Degrees

Only one degree may be awarded at a semester conferral. To obtain an additional degree, you must complete the necessary requirements as outlined in the Multiple Majors and Multiple Degrees policy.


Completion of institutional certificates is not recognized or noted at commencement, with the exception of our Cutting Edge Program.

In order to have a certificate posted to a transcript, a student must apply for and complete the necessary credits required for the certificate. Certificates are mailed six to eight weeks after the semester ends.