Photo gallery Photo gallery – Commencement 2019

May 10, 2019
Photo of a waiter delivering plates of food to the table where speaker J.J. Watt and others are seated.

Keynote speaker J.J. Watt, left, enjoys breakfast Saturday morning at Mickies Dairy Bar with Chancellor Rebecca Blank (opposite Watt), Athletic Director Barry Alvarez (right) and Deputy Athletic Director Chris MacIntosh (opposite Alvarez). Photo by: Jeff Miller

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Graduates use their mortarboards to express their feelings... Photo by: Jeff Miller

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look forward to new challenges ahead... Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of mortarboard reading

thank family and friends... Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo of a mortarboard with wings made out of newsprint

show off their artistry... Photo by: Bryce Richter

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and put in a plug to future employers. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of graduate sporting pink fluffy slides.

Soon-to-be-graduate Rachel Crews wears a pair of pink Ugg slides as family members make pictures of the her outside Camp Randall Stadium. Photo by: Jeff Miller

A group of students poses with the Graduation Bucky statue.

Graduation Bucky traveled to Camp Randall to be ready for photos with students. Photo by: Jeff Miller

A graduate and his girlfriend share a kiss.

Evan Lallensack (left), receiving his bachelor's in materials science, gets a kiss from his girlfriend before the ceremony. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo of graduate with his arm around Graduation Bucky

Jeff and Judy Brozynski photograph their son, Danny, with Graduation Bucky. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of graduates posing outside Camp Randall.

Soon-to-be-graduates pose for a photo. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of players with the hockey trophy.

Graduating members of the women's hockey team brought some bling to the ceremony: the NCAA National Championship trophy they recently won. From left: Annie Pankowski, Sophia Shaver, Mikaela Gardner, Emily Clark and Maddie Rolfes. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo of a crowd of graduates entering the stadium.

Students enter the stadium dancing to the song "We Are Family" before the start of Saturday's ceremony. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of the UW MadHatters singing on stage.

Members of the UW MadHatters lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline." Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo of J.J. Watt speaking at the podium.

"You should have as big dreams as you want in this world," speaker J.J. Watt told the graduates. "I once had a teacher tell me that my dream of being in the NFL was unrealistic. Well, hello." Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo of a graduate video chatting on her phone.

Brittany Neal (left), receiving her master's degree in social work, video chats with family during the ceremony. Photo by: Bryce Richter

A crowd of 45,300 turned out for Saturday's ceremony.

A crowd of 45,300 turned out for Saturday's ceremony. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of a graduate holding a plush Bucky Badger

Dengsheng Chen, earning a master's degree in economics, holds a plush Bucky Badger. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of two graduates smiling and giving a thumbs up

Kylie Jackson, left, receiving her bachelor's in rehabilitation psychology, celebrates with Anisa Yudawanti, receiving her bachelor's degree in education studies. Photo by: Bryce Richter

Photo of graduates moving the tassels on their mortarboards.

School of Nursing graduates MacKenzie Femrite, left, and Lauren Wilmet move their tassels to the right side of their mortarboards to mark that they've graduated. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of the chancellor and Watt leading the procession out of the stadium.

Chancellor Blank and J.J. Watt lead the procession out of the stadium following the ceremony. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of a graduate playing the trumpet and wearing sunglasses that read '2019.'

Juju Dessert, a UW Marching Band member graduating with a bachelor's in entomology, borrows a friend's trombone to play "Swingtown" one more time with her band mates following the ceremony. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of a woman carrying balloons and flowers.

A guest carries an assortment of congratulatory balloons and flowers before Friday's commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center. Photo by: Jeff Miller

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Suriya Xiong (right) and Phoua Yang (left), both receiving their doctoral degrees in pharmacy, display personalized graduation caps celebrating their Hmong heritage during Friday's ceremony at the Kohl Center. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of a new graduate being hugged by a professor.

Tanvi Thakkar (left), earning a Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders, receives a congratulatory hug from Ruth Litovsky, professor in communication sciences and disorders. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of Steve Miller receiving his honorary degree.

Steve Miller, lead guitarist and vocalist of the Steve Miller Band, receives his honorary degree from Chancellor Rebecca Blank. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of Thomas Brock being hooded for his honorary degree.

Thomas Brock receives an honorary doctorate for his accomplishments in science and conservation. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of a mortarboard reading,

The ceremony marked the 150th anniversary of women earning the first bachelor's degrees at UW. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Photo of J.J. Watt speaking at podium.

Saturday's keynote speaker, J.J. Watt, surprised graduating student athletes by dropping in on a Friday reception in their honor. David Stluka/Wisconsin Athletics

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