Let's Celebrate the Class of Fall 2021


Friday, December 10

Commencement is a time to celebrate the successes of our students. An in-person commencement ceremony is being planned with the opportunity to recognize our graduates virtually as well.

All Summer and Fall 2021 graduates will receive commencement information via their WSU email.

Students who wish to participate need to register by Nov. 1, 2021.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. Masks are required for all students, staff, and visitors on-campus per the WSU COVID response measures.

WSU continues to closely monitor the pandemic situation and will announce any changes here.

Please send any questions or concerns to graduation@winona.edu.

Ceremony Schedule


9am | College of Liberal Arts and College of Science & Engineering

11:30am | College of Education and College of Business

2pm | College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Ceremony Locations


In-Person | McCown Gym, Memorial Hall

This is a ticketed event. Doors will open for guests 30 minutes prior of ceremony.


On-Campus Viewing | Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall

This is a ticketed event. Doors will open for guests 30 minutes prior of ceremony.


Online Viewing | WSU Commencement Website

The ceremonies will be streamed live with captions and in multiple languages. A video will also be available for public view after the ceremony.

Tickets for Guests


Due to limited seating available, there is a ticketing system.

Each participating student will receive 4 tickets:

  • 2 tickets for the in-person ceremony in McCown Gymnasium
  • 2 tickets for the live stream viewing in Harriet Johnson Auditorium

Tickets are free, but all guests will need to present a ticket to be admitted to the McCown Gym and the Harriet Johnson Auditorium.

International students can also learn more about getting a visitor visa for family members.

Celebration Package


All students approved for Fall 2021 graduation--including Summer 2021 graduates-- will receive a Celebration Package to recognize their accomplishments. These packages will include:

  • Commencement Tickets for registered graduates
  • Diploma Cover
  • Tassel
  • Cap
  • Letter from the President
  • Alumni Pin
  • Window Sign

Additional items that may be included are honor cords, club cords, departmental stoles/pins, awards, and more.

Commencement gowns and hoods are not included in the Celebration Package. You can purchase these in person or online through the WSU Bookstore.

All graduates are invited to pick up their Celebration Package during the Warrior Graduate Celebration on Friday, Nov. 19.

You can also pick up your Celebration Package on Thurs. Dec. 9 and prior to each ceremony on Friday, Dec. 10. You will be notified via email of additional dates, times and locations.

Packages can be picked up by yourself or someone else. Contact Kristine at kristine.benjamin@winona.edu with any questions.

Warrior Graduate Celebration


At the Warrior Graduate Celebration, you can

  • pick up your Celebration Package
  • verify your graduation details
  • talk to WSU support staff who can help you prepare for life after graduation
 All graduating students are encouraged to attend.