Photo gallery Chancellor welcomes new students at convocation

September 3, 2019

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.

 

Photo: Three students walk down a crowded library mall.

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. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: A crowd of red-clad freshman mug for the camera.

Incoming freshmen show their ability to "throw up a W" at the Letters & Science luncheon on Library Mall. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: A woman takes a selfie with Bucky Badger.

Selfie with Bucky Badger? Check off one item on the freshman's to-do list. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: A man speaks at a podium to red-clad students.

Eric Wilcots, interim dean of the College of Letters & Science, welcomes freshmen as they attend a luncheon before the Chancellor's Convocation. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: Bucky Badger wades in the Haggenah Fountain.

UW mascot Bucky Badger entertains incoming freshmen by wading in Hagenah Fountain. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: A group of students sit on the grass and eat.

Students eat at a luncheon on Library Mall ahead of the Chancellor's Convocation. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: Crowd filling Kohl Center under scoreboard

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. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Blank taking aiming cellphone camera at crowd

Chancellor Becky Blank takes the first official portrait of the new class on her phone. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: Student in cadet uniform

A color guard of student cadets from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) presents the American flag for the singing of the National Anthem. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: Keeler speaking at podium

Kasey Keeler, professor in the School of Human Ecology, discusses the Native American heritage of UW-Madison. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Patrick Sims, deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, vice provost and chief diversity officer, also addressed the students.

Patrick Sims, deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, vice provost and chief diversity officer, also addressed the students. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: Boudnik speaking at podium

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. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: Image from video

Incoming students were treated to a video montage of tips and good wishes from UW juniors and seniors. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: Students seen from behind with arms around shoulders

Students lock arms and sing "Varsity” for the first time as classmates. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Blank handing book to student

Chancellor Rebecca Blank helps distribute complimentary copies of "The Poison Squad," the 2019-20 selection for Go Big Read, at Convocation. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo: Closeup of person's hand holding bowl of stickers and another person taking one

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. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Person writing with a marker on a whiteboard full of comments in various colors

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. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo: Students holding cups of ice cream

New students enjoy free cups of Babcock Dairy ice cream during a social event at Alumni Park. Photo by: Jeff Miller

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