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Viral video: Student commencement speaker’s address tops 3.5M views

January 15, 2020

Lisa Kamal, a standout geology major, opened her commencement speech by singing a few lines from the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” She went on to explain that the cast recording had become a coping mechanism for her during some dark times. It struck a chord with viewers online.

Jason Gay’s 2019 winter commencement address

December 15, 2019

"I think it’s important to do the homework, to prepare, and take the serious stuff seriously. But I also think it’s useful to always carry some humility, to acknowledge we are not always in control of our stories; how often it's moments of chaos, luck, and strange bends of the universe that conspire to teach us, to push us, challenge us – and bring us to thrilling events like this ceremony today."

Notable grads: winter commencement 2019

December 10, 2019

On Sunday, Dec. 15, hundreds of students will complete their UW–Madison studies by walking across the Kohl Center stage at winter commencement. Every graduation ceremony is rich with personal stories. Here are just a few from this year’s winter graduates.

Student commencement speaker: Scholarship opened a rewarding academic path

December 4, 2019

Lisa Kamal says she auditioned to be the student speaker for winter commencement because she believes she has something to say about keeping an open mind and adapting to one’s circumstances.

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.