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Graduation at the Union

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Celebrate With Us!

Join us at the Union this graduation weekend for grad watches, dining, or just hanging out on the Terrace. Some activities are reservation-only, so read on for details to help plan your weekend at the Union.  

Indoor Grad Watches:

Watch the Camp Randall Commencement ceremonies indoors at Memorial Union or Union South with a box lunch. Reservations required. (details and registration in Upcoming Events listings below).  

The Terrace: Reserve Your Seat 

Share the lake views and have a bite with family and friends.  On Saturday watch the Camp Randall Commencement ceremony streamed on a "jumbotron" on the Memorial Union Terrace. 

Free reservations are required for graduation weekend: Friday, May 7–Sunday, May 9. 
Reserve your spot via Open Table
UW-Madison graduates with a valid Net ID must make a reservation for family and friends. Reservations are free and required, tables are not assigned and seating is not reserved. Food and beverages available for purchase from our on-site dining locations at Memorial Union. For questions, please contact events@union.wisc.edu or call (608) 886-7130.

Make your reservation early to get the best seats for the Saturday commencement viewing (not all seats have viewing access). In case of inclement weather limited indoor viewing seating is available.  

Union South: Plaza with Jumbotron 

We'll also be showing the Camp Randall Commencement ceremony live on a "jumbotron" big screen at the outdoor plaza at Union South. Join us for indoor or outdoor dining (available for purchase) with seating, flowers, gifts, and more. No reservations required. 

*NOTE* Weekend Building Access:


Memorial Union 

  • Saturday at Memorial Union:  Open to Grad Watch or Terrace Reservation holders only
  • Friday & Sunday: One person in each group is required to have a green Badger Badge and must accompany guests

Union South 

  • Saturday at Union South: Open to students and guests––No Badger Badge required
  • Friday & Sunday: One person in each group is required to have a green Badger Badge and must accompany guests


Grad Gifts at the Terrace Store

Looking for a great gift for grads? From iconic Terrace chairs (actual size, or mini), to T-shirts, décor & collectibles, the online Terrace store lets them take a little Union along, wherever they go. Check it out!

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