Photo gallery Photo gallery – Commencement 2019
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).
Graduates use their mortarboards to express their feelings...
look forward to new challenges ahead...
thank family and friends...
show off their artistry...
and put in a plug to future employers.
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.
Graduation Bucky traveled to Camp Randall to be ready for photos with students.
Evan Lallensack (left), receiving his bachelor's in materials science, gets a kiss from his girlfriend before the ceremony.
Jeff and Judy Brozynski photograph their son, Danny, with Graduation Bucky.
Soon-to-be-graduates pose for a photo.
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.
Students enter the stadium dancing to the song "We Are Family" before the start of Saturday's ceremony.
Members of the UW MadHatters lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline."
"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."
Brittany Neal (left), receiving her master's degree in social work, video chats with family during the ceremony.
A crowd of 45,300 turned out for Saturday's ceremony.
Dengsheng Chen, earning a master's degree in economics, holds a plush Bucky Badger.
Kylie Jackson, left, receiving her bachelor's in rehabilitation psychology, celebrates with Anisa Yudawanti, receiving her bachelor's degree in education studies.
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.
Chancellor Blank and J.J. Watt lead the procession out of the stadium following the ceremony.
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.
A guest carries an assortment of congratulatory balloons and flowers before Friday's commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center.
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.
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.
Steve Miller, lead guitarist and vocalist of the Steve Miller Band, receives his honorary degree from Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
Thomas Brock receives an honorary doctorate for his accomplishments in science and conservation.
The ceremony marked the 150th anniversary of women earning the first bachelor's degrees at UW.
Saturday's keynote speaker, J.J. Watt, surprised graduating student athletes by dropping in on a Friday reception in their honor.