Tag Commencement

Watt to grads: ‘When you figure your dream out, remember it will not be a straight path’

May 11, 2019

NFL star and philanthropist J.J. Watt's teleprompter-free speech was one of the more freewheeling — and perhaps memorable — commencement addresses in Badger history.

Photo gallery – Commencement 2019

May 10, 2019

Experience the weekend's celebrations in images.

Friday ceremony inspires with words from honorary degree recipients

May 10, 2019

Commencement weekend kicked off with a ceremony at the Kohl Center for about 900 doctoral, medical professional, and master of fine arts students.

Commencement spotlight: UW grad uses brother’s injury as inspiration for research

May 8, 2019

Stefanie Henry will graduate from UW as a double major in neurobiology and French, along with an extensive background in nervous system trauma research that is inspired by her brother’s spinal cord injury.

Medical school grad follows mother’s footsteps in rural medicine

May 6, 2019

Mary Finta, who will graduate with an M.D. on May 10 from the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, has spent the past two years following her passion for rural medicine.

Meet ‘The Monarch’

May 6, 2019

The newly unveiled statue, "The Monarch," celebrates the 150th anniversary of women receiving degrees at UW–Madison and was designed by artist Victoria Reed to represent female empowerment and influence.

Commencement 2019: A look at some of this spring’s notable graduates

May 6, 2019

Members of the Class of 2019 are already making their mark in academics, research and public service. Meet a few of this year's notable graduates.

Tune in to WFAA’s podcast with commencement speaker J.J. Watt

May 3, 2019

J.J. Watt once dominated Camp Randall with his defensive skills as he played football for the Wisconsin Badgers. On May 11 he returns in a very different role: spring commencement speaker!

Commencement spotlight: For graduate, a happy ending that almost didn’t happen

May 1, 2019

Nicholas Jackson is a study in perseverance. After setbacks, hardships and false starts, he will graduate on May 11.

Commencement spotlight: ‘Exceptional’ grad to enter Air Force Nurse Corps as one of its youngest members

April 24, 2019

On May 11, Delora Prange will graduate from UW–Madison with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. A few weeks later, at age 21, she is expected to become one of the youngest members of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps.

Steve Miller, Tom Brock to receive honorary degrees

February 14, 2019

This year’s recipients of honorary degrees from UW–Madison are both rock stars — one literally, the other in microbiology. The honorees are Steve Miller, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Thomas Brock, who helped usher in modern molecular biology.

J.J. Watt, a powerhouse on and off the field, to be commencement speaker

February 6, 2019

Watt, who attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 2008-10 and played for the Badgers, will share his approach to life with graduates on May 11. “I can’t wait to get back to Camp Randall,” he said.

2018 UW–Madison winter commencement to take place on Sunday

December 12, 2018

The University of Wisconsin–Madison will award degrees to about 3,320 undergraduate, graduate and professional students this semester, with just over 1,000 of them expected to take part in winter commencement.

At winter commencement, notable grads abound

December 10, 2018

This Sunday, thousands of winter graduates will earn degrees from UW–Madison. Each has an impressive story to tell. Here are just a few of the remarkable tales behind the names you’ll hear at the Kohl Center.

Commencement spotlight: Long journey makes nursing degree all the sweeter for JoAnn Brink

December 5, 2018

After working on it for 20 years, Brink will earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UW–Madison. “There was no way I was not going to finish that degree.”

For student commencement speaker, years of writing and performing lead to Kohl Center stage

November 28, 2018

Jamie Dawson, a seasoned spoken word artist and member of the First Wave program, has been chosen as the student speaker for winter commencement.

Heavy hitter Allan ‘Bud’ Selig tapped as 2018 winter commencement speaker

October 31, 2018

Selig is no stranger to campus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in American institutions (political science and American history combined) in 1956 and is one of the university’s most involved and supportive alumni.

At Camp Randall, a jubilant, emotional (and dry!) 2018 commencement

May 12, 2018

During his remarks, keynote speaker David Muir briefly went live on Instagram with a crowd shot on his phone. The audience roared. “That’s the sound of Badgers about to change the world,” Muir said.