Guest Resources

Families and guests, we congratulate you on your student's graduation from Winona State University. To help ensure your experience at WSU Commencement is a positive one, please review the information below. 

Commencement Location

McCown Gymnasium -  Memorial Hall
Main Street adjacent to 9th Street
Campus Map
Doors open 1 hour prior to the ceremony
There are no tickets for this event. 

December 12, 2014 - Commencement Ceremony

 10:30 AM  All Colleges - College of Business, Liberal Arts, Education, Nursing and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering Commencement
(Graduates line-up by 9:45 AM)

Seating

There are NO tickets for this event.  If seating on the bleachers would be uncomfortable, it is possible for friends and family to view the ceremony from the Integrated Wellness Complex (IWC) Room 143.  Strollers and balloons WILL NOT BE ALLOWED in McCown Gymnasium during the Commencement ceremony.  There will be a room outside of the gym reserved for stroller parking. Please note that this room is not monitored.

Limited Senior Citizen Seating will be available in specified sections located on the main floor.

Special seating arrangements can be made for guests with a physical disability or in need of a sign language interpreter. Please contact Kristine Tibor in the Registrar’s Office or call 507.457.5036 before December 3rd.

Directions

Minneapolis/St. Paul
Take U.S. Highway 61 south into Winona. Stay on 61 until stoplight at Huff Street. Turn left on Huff. Then take a right onto Sarnia Street at stoplight. Turn left onto Main Street at four-way stop. Entrances to the Gold and Purple lots are on the left.

The west via I-90
Take I-90 east to Highway 43 north, exit 252. Turn left onto Highway 43, which brings you into Winona. At the stoplight, take a left onto Highway 43N (Homer Road) and go to the stoplight. Turn left onto Highway 14/61. Follow 61 until stoplight at Huff Street. Turn right onto Huff, then right onto Sarnia Street at stoplight. Turn left onto Main Street at four-way stop. Entrances to the Gold and Purple lots are on the left.

La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago
Take I-90 west to La Crosse and into Minnesota. Take the “To Winona” exit on U.S. Highway 61 and follow into Winona. Stay on 61 until stoplight at Huff Street. Turn right at Huff; then take a right onto Sarnia Street at stoplight. Turn left onto Main Street at four-way stop. Entrances to the Gold and Purple lots are on the left.

Rochester, Owatonna and Mankato via Highway 14
Take U.S. Highway 14 east into Winona. Turn right on U.S. Highway 14/61. Follow 61 until stoplight at Huff Street. Turn left at Huff; then take a right onto Sarnia Street at stoplight. Turn left onto Main Street at four-way stop. Entrances to the Gold and Purple lots are on the left.

Parking

Parking lots on campus are available for commencement guests the day of the ceremony.  You can view parking lot options online in advance of your trip. A Winona city map, directions to campus and other directional tools is available here.

Building Abbreviations

WSU campus buildings are often referred to using abbreviations. We have provided a key to all building abbreviations online for your reference. 

Visiting Winona

Winona is one of the Midwest's best kept secrets. Learn more about things to do while in town. We hope you enjoy your time at Winona State University and Winona. 

www.visitwinona.com

Where to Stay

Winona offers an array of hotels at different price points. You can pick from national chains to locally owned. Explore your options

Televised Commencement

Televised Commencement ceremony will be broadcast by HBC in Winona on Channel 25 and by Charter in Rochester on Channel 20.  The ceremony will be re-telecast at later dates. The dates and times will be posted on the WSU web page.