May 14, 2020

More than 500 students graduate from UW-Superior

Special commencement ceremony planned for December 19.

Saturday, May 16 marks the day that UW-Superior would have held its spring commencement ceremony if it hadn’t been for the effects of COVID-19. Instead, the UW-Superior campus and Wessman Arena will remain quiet and vacant this year.

However, the unfortunate circumstances don’t change the fact that 538 students officially graduated in the 2019-2020 academic year, many of them overcoming substantial challenges due to COVID-19 to receive their diplomas.

“I hope all of our graduates know how proud we are of them and all that they’ve overcome this semester to cross the finish line,” said Chancellor Renée Wachter. “These students have shown outstanding resilience and adaptability and I know they will accomplish great things in the future.”

After receiving feedback from students that a virtual commencement simply couldn’t replace the experience of crossing the stage to receive their diplomas, UWS administration made the decision to postpone commencement and hold a special ceremony on campus on Saturday, December 19. Graduates are also invited to attend the 2021 Spring Commencement ceremony, if that is more convenient for them. Those who cannot return to Superior will be able to join the December or spring ceremonies virtually.

To commemorate what would have been the Class of 2020’s graduation day on Saturday, the university is running a full-page ad in the Duluth News Tribune and Superior Telegram with names of all the graduates and sending out a fun, celebratory video message on Saturday, May 16.

The university has also made arrangements for graduates to have their professional portrait taken in a UW-Superior cap and gown at Studio One Photography in Superior from May 18-31. To schedule an appointment and for package options, call 715-394-2747 or email



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