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|University Graduation Requirements||Second Bachelor's Degree||Requirement to Repeat Courses Over Seven Years Old at Time of Graduation|
|Bachelor's Degree||Associate Degree Requirements|
|University Assessment Program||Curriculum Changes|
|General Education Goals and Objectives||Catalog Requirements||Application for Degree|
|General Education Requirements||Four-Year Degree Guarantee||Graduation Honors|
Degrees Awarded by UW-Superior
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science
Master of Arts
Master of Science in Education
Specialist in Education
In keeping with the Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, all undergraduate bachelor's degree students must satisfy the following requirements:
University Graduation Requirements
Note: See other sections of the catalog for additional or specific requirements for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Other sections of the catalog should also be consulted for the specific requirements for General Education, academic major and minor programs of study, and professional preparation such as teacher education.
A. Overall requirements (Note that credits are semester credits.)
1. 120 or more total undergraduate credits, i.e. in courses numbered 100-499.
2. 36 or more undergraduate credits in upper-division courses, i.e. courses numbered 300-499.
3. A resident grade point average of 2.0 or above for all undergraduate credits.
4. 30 or more undergraduate credits earned at UW-Superior.
5. The last 12 undergraduate credits earned at UW-Superior.
B Completion of the General Education requirements (See the General Education section of the catalog.)
1. Core courses.
2. Non-Western and diversity requirement.
3. Knowledge categories.
C. Completion of the requirements for major, minor, and/or comprehensive major programs in different disciplines (See the Academic Programs section of the catalog.)
1. At least one major and one minor in a different discipline; two majors in different disciplines; or a comprehensive major.
a. A major is 30 or more credits, half or more of which are in upper division courses.
b. A minor is 21 or more credits, one third or more of which are in upper division courses.
c. A comprehensive major is 51 or more credits, 22 or more of which are in upper division courses.
2. A resident grade point average of 2.0 or above in the courses satisfying the requirements for each major, minor, or comprehensive major. (i.e. a separate grade point average for each program.) A student cannot graduate while on academic suspension.
3. Distinct credits in major, minor, and comprehensive major programs, (i.e. credits counted only once.)
a. 51 or more total distinct credits.
b. 22 or more distinct upper-division credits.
c. In the event that one or more courses satisfy requirements in more than one major and/or minor program, additional credits will be required in one or more of the programs up to the total credits and/or the total upper-division credits required for the programs.
d. The major and minor programs should be in different disciplines, i.e. half or more of the credits and/or upper division credits applied to one program should be distinct from those for another. Additional credits in one or more of the programs may be permitted to satisfy the distinction.
Note: Items c and d above do not apply to comprehensive major programs.
D. Variations from these requirements.
1. Individual programs, departments or certification groups may have additional or higher requirements.
2. A petition process for variations from these or other requirements and policies is published in this catalog.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete four semesters (12 credits minimum or the equivalent) of one foreign language. This requirement may be reduced on the basis of previous language training. For example, a student with enough high school knowledge to enter a fourth-semester course (and make a grade of B- or better) will not only have fulfilled the language requirement for the B.A. degree, but will receive nine retrocredits in language to his or her transcript as well. Students who have studied a language in high school are expected to complete the Foreign Language Placement Test for that specific language when applying.
The Department of Language and Literature allows students to receive elementary and intermediate credits by examination in those languages for which it has programs (currently German and Spanish). In addition, such credits can be awarded in other languages, providing that a certified examiner and/or examination is available with approval by the department. An example would be the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) in French; an example of the former would be the administering of an examination by someone holding a degree in that specific language and/or literature for which the student wishes to receive credit.
Exceptions to Policy
Exceptions to established undergraduate policies may be requested by submitting a petition to the University Credits Committee. Petitions are available in the Registrar's Office in Old Main, Room 139. Exceptions to graduate policies may be requested by submitting a petition to the Graduate Council. Petitions are available in the Graduate Studies Office in Old Main, Room 137.
General Education Goals and Objectives
Statement of Principle
The intent of the General Education Program is to develop the individual student and to provide the foundation for future academic and career success. Students will develop skills on an intellectual and humanistic level that enhance their ability to develop a personal philosophy and to make informed choices. The General Education Program introduces students to an array of academic disciplines so as to gain knowledge of our diverse world and provides a collegiate experience that creates enthusiasm for learning.
General Education requirements are designed to supplement and complement students' chosen courses of study and to provide a common undergraduate experience. These courses are intended to take into account the background and needs of all students, to be broad in perspective, to demonstrate the relationship of the subject matter to other areas of knowledge, and to require students to write and to think critically. Students develop the full range of communication skills ranging from reading, writing, listening, speaking and problem solving to electronic information retrieval, synthesis, validation and presentation. This array of learning comprises the UW-Superior “Communication Across the Curriculum” program.
GOAL I: To gain knowledge and appreciation of the evolution of human cultures, social institutions and the natural world.
OBJECTIVES: A general education shall enable students to:
1. Understand and appreciate the diverse heritage of ideas, values, and their literary and artistic expressions in both Western and non-Western cultures.
2. Understand the major social, economic, cultural, and political forces at work in contemporary societies.
3. Develop greater awareness of the processes of visual, performing and literary creativity.
4. Understand the effects of human behavior on the natural environment.
5. Understand the guiding principles, intrinsic methodologies of inquiry, and applications of the various disciplines in the fine and applied arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and mathematical and/or computer sciences.
6. Value and engage in learning, inquiry, and scholarship in order to function fully in today’s and tomorrow’s world.
7. Understand human behavior and its relationship to its cultural and social context.
GOAL II: To develop fundamental personal, interpersonal, and intellectual skills.
OBJECTIVES: A general education shall enable students to:
1. Read, speak, listen, problem solve, and write clearly, coherently, and effectively in one or more languages.
2. Reason mathematically, perform correct computations, and/or understand the use of computer systems to support such skills, including electronic information retrieval, synthesis, validation, and presentation.
3. Develop the abilities to think critically and logically, as well as creatively and intuitively, to analyze objectively, and subjectively (and to know the difference), to raise questions (hypotheses) and to develop methods of proof, and to synthesize and integrate ideas appropriately.
4. Become self-directed, independent learners and capable problem solvers who can work independently and cooperatively.
5. Consider the ethical and moral implications of what they have learned and weigh the responsible and appropriate responses to these implications.
6. Identify and analyze their own personal values and those of others and the merits of conflicting viewpoints and interpretations.
7. Identify the components of their own physiology, behavior, and thoughts that affect their physical and mental well-being and to make decisions based on that knowledge.
General Education Requirements
Students should check the Center for Academic and Career Advising or their degree audit for additions or changes in courses that qualify for the General Education requirements.
The General Education requirements below do not necessarily meet the Department of Public Instruction requirements for Teacher Education certification. Check the Teacher Education program requirements for details.
Courses that satisfy a General Education requirement and are required as a part of a major and/or minor can be used to fulfill the General Education and major/minor requirements.
All students entering UW-Superior as freshmen must complete the Core General Education Requirements of English 101 and 102, Communicating Arts 110, HHP 102 and their choice of Math or Computer Science Requirement among their first 60 credits. Failure to complete these courses by that time will result in a hold being placed on an ensuing registration that does not contain the missing course(s), which may not then be dropped. Students will only be able to register through the Registrar's Office and enrollment in the missing course(s) must be included.
A. Core Courses
General Education requirements, especially the core courses, should be taken early. Core courses strengthen reading, writing, public speaking, problem solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Core courses (ENGL 101 and 102, COMM 110, HHP 102 and MATH 102, 112 or CSCI 101) cannot be applied or substituted for any major or minor requirement.
All core courses (except IDS 400) should be taken in the freshman and sophomore semesters: HHP 102 in the first semester; COMM 110 in the first year; ENGL 101 and 102, taken sequentially, MATHEMATICS or COMPUTER SCIENCE started during the first year.
Core Course Requirements
ENGL 101 and 102 (each 3 credits)
These are required courses for all students. Following the second semester of the freshman year, students who have not completed the Freshman English sequence with a grade of C- or better will be required to enroll continuously in ENGL 101 and 102 until the courses have been completed with a grade of C- or better.
Placement in the English Composition sequence is done using students’ ACT English or SAT Verbal scores. Prior to the time of enrollment, all entering freshmen, except those whose first language is not English, are required to take the Wisconsin English Placement Test (WEPT) if they do not have ACT or SAT scores.(If the WEPT, ACT or SAT score achieved is below that recommended for enrollment in ENGL 101, the student must be placed in ENGL 099, Developmental English. The course must be taken during the first term of attendance or the first time the course is offered, and may not be postponed. Students must successfully complete ENGL 099 before earning 30 credits. Students must continually enroll in the course until successful completion. ENGL 099 credits do not count toward graduation.) If the WEPT, ACT or SAT score achieved is above a certain level, exemption from the ENGL 101 requirement is granted. A transfer student arriving with or near sophomore status but without having completed the full English composition requirement must immediately enroll in and work continuously toward the completion of the English composition requirement.
At the discretion of the instructor, a student who would otherwise receive a grade of D in either ENGL 101 or 102 may instead be awarded the grade of DP (Progressing in English) and be allowed to work with a consultant in the Writing Center (for a period of time not to exceed the following regular academic semester) until the instructor's criteria for a grade of C- or better are satisfied. The grade of DP must be changed to reflect the student's status either upon satisfaction of the course requirements or upon the expiration of the time extension. Credit by examination for ENGL 101 or 102 may be earned through taking the CLEP General Examination in English Composition with essay.
A student may also earn credit for ENGL 101 through the appropriate AP (Advanced Placement) exam (the Literature and Composition test.)
Communicating Arts 110 (3 credits)
It is the policy of the Department of Communicating Arts that performance courses are not appropriate for credit by examination.
Students may inquire about a waiver for Communicating Arts 110 on the basis of one year of high school speech with a minimum grade of B. Inquiries should be directed to the coordinator of the Communicating Arts 110 course.
No student may take COMM 110 on a Pass-Fail basis.
Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)
A minimum of three credits in MATH and/or CSCI courses numbered above 099.
MATH 112, MATH 130, MATH 150, and CSCI 101 are recommended. For students with appropriate preparation, MATH 115, MATH 151, MATH 240, CSCI 201 and CSCI 211 are also recommended. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty advisor to select a course appropriate to their level of mathematical preparation, interests and major field of study. Note that credits in courses numbered 189 or 289 do not apply toward this requirement without approval by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
All students entering UW-Superior are required to take the Wisconsin Math Placement Test. Test results are used to determine which Mathematics and Computer Science courses students are eligible to take at that time. Students with insufficient preparation may become eligible to take more advanced Mathematics and Computer Science courses by completing one or more lower-level courses as indicated by the Math Placement Test results. Students placing into the remedial level MATH 090 or MATH 095 are expected to complete the remedial course before earning 30 credits.
Health and Human Performance 102 (3 credits)
To fulfill the Liberal Education Requirement, all students must successfully complete HHP 102 Health and Wellness. Students with medical restrictions should contact the coordinator of HHP 102 before the first lab session. Physical Education majors and minors, Health minors and Community Health Promotion majors and Exercise Science majors must earn a grade of C- or better in HHP 102.
B. Non-Western and Diversity Requirement
Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a non-Western focus.
Courses within the Knowledge Categories that satisfy this requirement are indicated with NW. The following courses also meet the non-Western requirement: Anthropology 315, 320, 368; Anthropology/History 306; History/ Women's Studies 403, 404; History 369, 382, 384, 385; Human Performance 181 (Sections 3 and 4); Philosophy 175.
Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a focus on issues of diversity. Courses within the Knowledge Categories that also satisfy this requirement are indicated with D. The following courses meet the Diversity requirement: History/Women's Studies 322, 403, 404, 406; Communicating Arts 467; Criminal Justice 312; English 328; History 320, 323, 460; First Nations Studies 480, 481; First Nations Studies/English 304; First Nations Studies/History 221, 350, 351; First Nations Studies/Women's Studies 460; Legal Studies 365; Psychology/Women’s Studies 258, 360; Social Work/First Nations Studies 386; Sociology 460; Spanish 350; Teacher Education 270.
C. Knowledge Categories
The General Education courses listed in the Knowledge Categories expose students to a broad array of concepts, perspectives and methodologies. They all integrate skills from the core courses into their content and require active engagement. Time spent strategically planning and designing your General Education coursework is well spent. Meet with your advisor, with peer advisors, with other university staff to discuss you options and to design a flexible and meaningful plan for your college education. UW-Superior's hallmark is its supportive environment. Many people here are ready to assist you in this process, and we want you to succeed.
No more than six credits from any one program bearing the same prefix may be applied toward Knowledge Category requirements.
The credits given are the minimum for each category.
NW = Meets non-Western requirement
D = Meets diversity requirement
Humanities (9 credits)
1. History (3 credits)
History 151, 152, 160 (NW), 161 (NW), 212, 219 (NW), 220 (NW), 225 (NW), 230, 231, 240 (NW), 241 (NW), 254 (D), 281 (NW)
Political Science 175
2. Literature (3 credits)
English 211, 212, 221, 222, 228 (D), 229 (D), 241 (NW), 242 (NW)
3. Humanities Elective (3 credits)
First Nations Studies 101, 110 (D), 230 (D), 242 (D)
German 101, 102, 201, 202
Music 161 (NW, D)
Philosophy 151, 211, 212, 262
Political Science 101 (NW), 262
Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202
Any foreign language course will meet the Humanities Elective requirement if it is a language proficiency (rather than culture) course and at minimum three credits.
Social Sciences (6 credits)
1. Contemporary Society (3 credits)
Economics 235, 250, 251
First Nations Studies/Political Science 151
Geography 100 (NW)
Legal Studies 261
Political Science 100, 150, 230, 260, 263
Sociology 200, 201, 210 (D), 273 (D)
Women's Studies 150 (D)
2. Human Behavior (3 credits)
Anthropology 101 (D)
Criminal Justice 106
Geography 102 (NW)
Legal Studies 115
Natural and Physical Science (6 credits)
1. One Environmental Course
2. One Lab Course
Biology 111, 115, 123, 130
Chemistry 102, 105, 181
Geology 110, 130
Physics 100, 107, 160, 201
Fine and Applied Arts (6 credits)
1. Art History, Criticism, and Appreciation (3 credits)
Art 221, 222, 331 (NW)
Communicating Arts 104, 122
Music 160, 266 (D)
2. Aesthetic Experience (3 credits)
Communicating Arts 125, 180, 200, 273
English 251, 252, 350
Health and Human Performance 132-136
Music 104-112, 114, 120-139
1) Every student should have the experience of independent learning in the context of her or his major field
2) Every student should have a capstone experience in the context of her or his major field.
These experiences can take many forms: seminars, internships, independent research in the laboratory or in the field, student teaching, senior shows and/or recitals, etc. They need not add to the total of credits a student takes in a major, but they can be planned and designed to take these Goals and Objectives into account.
They also may serve as primary assessment instruments by which the major field may assess the student's progress measured against the program's Goals and Objectives, in addition to any contribution the experiences provide towards the student's General Education.
See the major requirements in the academic program description to determine the corequisites for a particular major.
Second Bachelor's Degree
Students with a baccalaureate degree from UW-Superior who wish to earn a second, distinct undergraduate degree on this campus may do so by completing a minimum of 30 additional semester credits of resident undergraduate credit subsequent to the awarding of the first degree and by satisfying the major, minor (if any), and general University requirements for the second degree. (For example, a student with a B.S. degree would be allowed to work toward a B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E., etc., but not toward a second B.S. degree. In that case, the student would receive credit for a second major but not the second degree.)
Students with a baccalaureate degree from any other accredited institution who wish to earn a second bachelor's degree at UW-Superior may do so by completing a minimum of 30 semester credits of resident undergraduate credit not applied to the original degree and by satisfying the major, minor, and other university requirements for the degree. (In this instance, a student with a B.S. degree from any institution could earn a second B.S. degree on this campus, or any baccalaureate degree offered here.) Students holding a bachelor's degree seeking an undergraduate minor may not satisfy the requirements through the use of graduate credits or enrollments. Students seeking a certification may use either graduate or undergraduate credit unless specified by the teacher certification in question.
Associate Degree Requirements
1. Completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0.
2. Completion of a minimum of 24 resident semester credits, including the last 12 at UW-Superior.
3. Completion of UW-Superior General Education Core Requirements.
4. Completion of the UW-Superior Diversity and Non-Western Requirements.
5. Completion of UW-Superior Knowledge Categories. The Social Sciences Knowledge Category must be fulfilled by courses in two distinct disciplines. The Aesthetic Experience Subcategory must be completed by one of the following courses: ART 101; COMM 125; COMM 273; MUSI 100; ENGL 250 or 350.
6. An additional three credits in the Natural Sciences. This requirement can be
fulfilled by any course in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics.
7. An additional three credits in the Social Sciences. This requirement can be fulfilled by any course in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology or Anthropology.
8. An additional four credits drawn from any of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics; English (with the exception of ENGL 099, 101, or 102); Film/Theatre History and/or Appreciation; Foreign Languages; Geology; Geography; History; First Nations Studies; Mathematics (with the exception of MATH 099 and MATH 095); Music History and/or Appreciation; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; or Women's Studies.
9. At least two courses, excluding core requirements, in a single discipline.
10. Additional courses may be selected from any program to complete the 60-credit-hour requirement for the associate degree.
University Assessment Program
Since 1986 UW-Superior has been focusing its attention on assessment as one of the key ways to carry out our commitment to excellence. Assessment at UW-Superior is comprehensive and ongoing. Its goal is continual improvement of educational opportunities. In each area of university activity, a clear sense of "Goals and Objectives" serves as the basis for determining the activities to be assessed and the means of assessing them.
Area 1: General Education
A thorough review and revision of the General Education curriculum was completed in 1995. As a result of that review, a policy was adopted which requires a standing academic subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Council to approve new General Education courses and to continuously review all existing General Education course within ongoing three-year cycles.
Area 2: Program Specific Assessment
The faculty of each major program in the University has developed a set of goals and objectives that articulate the program's expectations. The faculty of the program then selects the specific means by which the achievement of those goals and objectives can be assessed. Some programs use senior seminars, which synthesize the major's learning. Some programs use portfolios, both paper-based and electronic. Each program designs its own experience to provide the most effective means of assessing its own program.
The results of these assessment instruments are used by the faculty to review the effectiveness of their programs. The purpose of assessment is to constantly review, renew and improve programs. Additionally, each program is reviewed every five years on a rotation basis through the governance structure.
Area 3: Assessment of Student Life and Services
The final area of assessment focuses on student life and services. UW-Superior is constantly monitoring and attempting to improve those aspects of university life which are vital to and support its academic work. Representative areas of concern include housing, library services, counseling services, the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, the Center for Academic and Career Advising, Athletics, etc.
The University is committed to the idea that the entire life of the students within the UW-Superior community is fundamentally important. Toward that end, there is continual assessment in these areas of the university's activity by means of surveys and follow-ups. Cooperation is also requested from alumni, employers and other groups.
Freshmen and continuing students may be graduated either under the catalog under which they entered or the catalog of exit. Transfer students may select the pertinent catalog of entry which corresponds with the academic year in which they started at the previous institution or the UW-Superior catalog in effect at the time of transfer or the catalog of exit. Students re-entering UW-Superior may use their original catalog of entry or the current catalog or the catalog of exit. Mandatory legal changes may provide exceptions to these requirements. The maximum time between a catalog of entry and a catalog of exit is seven years. Students who do not complete course work for the degree within seven years must be graduated under the provisions of the current catalog. Any exceptions regarding major or minor requirements must be approved by the academic department/program affected with written notification sent to the Registrar's Office. Any other exceptions must be approved by the University Credits Committee.
Four-Year Degree Guarantee
UW-Superior has a Four-Year Degree Guarantee for certain programs. Freshmen who have identified a major may contact the Admissions Office to determine whether their major is eligible for the guarantee.
Requirement to Repeat Courses Over Seven Years Old at Time of Graduation
Any student who plans to graduate with course requirements or the required courses for any major offered by all academic departments that will be seven years old at the time of graduation should be aware that the department retains the option to require the student to repeat any such courses. This policy applies to any courses used to satisfy major requirements, regardless of the college or university that granted the credit initially.
Changes in Catalog Requirements
The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution.
While the provisions of this catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated, UW-Superior reserves the right to change any provision listed in this catalog, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation and schedules for course offerings without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. Information on changes will be made available in the Chancellor's Office, academic departments, Registrar's Office and Admissions Office. It is especially important students note that it is their responsibility to keep themselves apprised of current graduation requirements for their particular degree program. Degree audits are available to help students stay current with their requirements.
The new knowledge continually emerging in the field of education, changing concepts in the presentation of this knowledge and consideration of certification requirements may necessitate certain changes in the curriculum of a given department. However, when such changes are anticipated or made after careful review and evaluation, full consideration will have been given to the impact these changes might have on the student's overall academic program during her or his period of matriculation. Consideration will also be given to the impact of any changes on the faculty and the institution as a whole.
Application for Degree
Students planning to graduate must pay the $25 graduation fee and make application for a degree on or before the deadline date listed in the University's Academic Calendar during their last term of attendance. It is anticipated that the fee will increase to $35 effective fall term of 2006 pending the implementation of a second commencement date.) The graduation fee does not include the cap and gown, which is purchased separately in the University Bookstore. Students can apply online through their E-Hive account using the Application for Graduation link.
A senior will not be placed on the list of candidates for a degree if the student begins the last term in residence (coursework must be UW-Superior credits) with a grade point average lower than the minimum required for graduation. The last term must be spent in residence. Students who attempt to complete the baccalaureate degree in absentia must have the approval of the University Credits Committee and complete the degree within one year.
All course work must be completed and all grades that apply toward a degree must be received in the Registrar's Office within four weeks after the end of a student's last term of attendance. If this deadline is not met, the student's name will be removed from the term's graduation list and the student will be required to reapply for graduation. The Registrar's Office will not place a student's name on any future graduation lists unless a new degree application is received from the student. If re-application is necessary, the $25 application fee will be assessed again.
A student is not officially graduated until all grades have been received in the Registrar's Office and the student's record has been reviewed and cleared for graduation. This process takes four to six weeks after the end of the term.
After the graduate has been cleared, the degree granted will be included on the transcript. An official transcript and the diploma will be sent to the student's permanent address. If a replacement diploma is requested, the charge is $25.
Academic honors eligibility is based on both the resident GPA and the total GPA with the student having a minimum of 30 Resident credits. (Total GPA is determined based on all transfer and resident work.) A student must earn the minimum GPA at each of the levels of distinction listed below in both computations (resident and total GPAs). Academic honors will be recorded on the final transcript for bachelor's degree students who have earned a minimum of 30 semester credits in residence, with at least 27 of those credits graded with letter grades, and who earned the GPA listed below:
- Summa Cum Laude 3.850 and above
- Magna Cum Laude 3.600 to 3.849
- Cum Laude 3.400 to 3.599
At commencement ceremonies, students graduating with honors will wear honor cords with academic gowns and will be recognized in the program. If a student has graduated prior to the term in which commencement is held, the commencement honors will be the same as those recorded on the final transcript.
Students enrolled in their last semester during the term when commencement is held must have earned a minimum of 15 semester credits in residence prior to commencement and must be enrolled in a sufficient number of credits to total a minimum of 30 resident semester credits by the end of the commencement term. A minimum of 27 of these credits must be graded with letter grades. The honors categories for commencement are based on the GPAs listed above.
Academic honors in a major are granted for students who have earned overall transcript honors and who have earned the above-specified GPA in both the resident and total GPAs in the major.
Attendance at Commencement
UW-Superior conducts one formal Commencement Ceremony each year at the end of the Spring Semester in May. Individuals completing their studies during the summer or fall term prior to May are invited to participate. Caps and gowns must be worn by all graduates at Commencement and may be purchased in the University Bookstore.
The University holds a reception in December for August and December graduates. This is not a commencement ceremony but a way to acknowledge achievement. August and December graduates are urged to attend the Commencement Ceremony.