Closed arboretum trail

UW-Green Bay Recreation Areas Closed to the Public, Effective April 10

On April 9, 2020 Governor Tony Evers issued a directive closing specified Wisconsin State Parks & Forests effective Friday, April 10, 2020 for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

It continues be to the goal of the University to maintain the safest environment for visitors and staff. Currently, the University is unable to provide the necessary staffing to maintain the outdoor spaces and respond to the safety and security of individuals using these spaces. To facilitate that goal, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will close all areas on campus to members of the public until the conclusion of the COVID-19 emergency.

Consistent with the directive of the Governor, the following areas of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay shall be closed to the public effective Friday, April 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.:

  • Cofrin Arboretum and trails
  • Communiversity Park / Lambeau Cottage (lots & trails associate with these areas)
  • Phoenix Park
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Roadways and interior walkways to recreational pedestrian traffic

It is understood that this may represent a loss of opportunity for outdoor recreation, however it is necessary to facilitate adherence to the Safer at Home Emergency Order and for the safety and security of University staff and visitors.

UW-Green Bay reschedules Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony for Saturday, August 22

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today that it will hold its Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The in-person event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Kress Events Center.

“We miss having our students on campus and look forward to reuniting with them for this special and joyous occasion, at a time when we hope it will once again be safe to gather and do so,” said Interim Chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven. “The Phoenix spirit is one of resiliency, fearlessness and support. As we honor these graduates, we will also honor the spirit of these new leaders who are critical to helping us recover and finding our way back as a community and world.”

The University’s 101st Commencement ceremony, originally slated for May 16, was postponed last month as a part of ongoing efforts to keep students, faculty, and staff safe as the University took action to do its part to contain community spread of the coronavirus.

Graduates, faculty and staff will be contacted in the next few weeks with additional details and information on ceremony sign-up, tickets, caps and gowns and more.

Van Gruensven acknowledged that as with any commencement ceremony, some students earning their degrees will be unable to participate in the ceremony in person. “This day belongs to every member of the Class of 2020. We encourage those not able to be physically present to join their class via livestream,” she said. “Commencement is a day that is long-waited, justly earned and richly savored by students, families, faculty and staff. In light of all we have collectively endured this spring, we will certainly savor it even more, and we want as many graduates and families as possible to be a part of this celebration.”

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit