Photo gallery Chancellor welcomes new students at convocation
Incoming freshmen and transfer students were introduced to the traditions of campus today with an expanded slate of events surrounding the Chancellor’s Convocation. New activities include a luncheon for each school and college, and an ice cream social. The Chancellor’s Convocation is UW–Madison’s formal welcome for all new students. Chancellor Rebecca Blank told students that the university received a record-breaking number of applications — more than 44,000 — for the roughly 7,400 available freshman slots. “We chose you,” she said before snapping the first class photo of the group from the stage of the Kohl Center.
Three freshmen stroll down Library Mall on their way to the College of Letters and Science event on Library Mall before the Chancellor's Convocation.
Incoming freshmen show their ability to "throw up a W" at the Letters & Science luncheon on Library Mall.
Selfie with Bucky Badger? Check off one item on the freshman's to-do list.
Eric Wilcots, interim dean of the College of Letters & Science, welcomes freshmen as they attend a luncheon before the Chancellor's Convocation.
UW mascot Bucky Badger entertains incoming freshmen by wading in Hagenah Fountain.
Students eat at a luncheon on Library Mall ahead of the Chancellor's Convocation.
Chancellor’s Convocation is attended by thousands of first-year and transfer students at the Kohl Center. This Wisconsin Welcome event bookends commencement as the largest gathering this class will experience as fellow students.
Chancellor Becky Blank takes the first official portrait of the new class on her phone.
A color guard of student cadets from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) presents the American flag for the singing of the National Anthem.
Kasey Keeler, professor in the School of Human Ecology, discusses the Native American heritage of UW-Madison.
Patrick Sims, deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, vice provost and chief diversity officer, also addressed the students.
Izzy Boudnik, a junior in the College of Letters & Science, shares how she overcame some of the challenges of being a new student on campus.
Incoming students were treated to a video montage of tips and good wishes from UW juniors and seniors.
Students lock arms and sing "Varsity” for the first time as classmates.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank helps distribute complimentary copies of "The Poison Squad," the 2019-20 selection for Go Big Read, at Convocation.
Volunteers distribute #IamUW stickers following Convocation. #IamUW is a UW-supported initiative inviting students to come together around what it means to represent the campus, communities and identities that make up UW–Madison.
Student comments — written in response to the prompt "How will you rock your semester?" — cover an Office of the Registrar whiteboard as staff distribute information and free swag to new students passing along East Campus Mall.
New students enjoy free cups of Babcock Dairy ice cream during a social event at Alumni Park.