Alumni from UW–Madison's class of 2020 are gathering on campus this weekend to celebrate their commencement in-person.
The weekend of events will include a Saturday celebration at Camp Randall with guest speakers, music, campus traditions and photo opportunities.
Broadway star André De Shields will address bachelor’s degree candidates, while Dr. John Gottman, one of the most influential psychologists in the country, will address graduate degree candidates.
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“What drives me is the fact that I come from a hard-working family that experienced financial hardships,” Kleinhans says. “I developed a sense of determination, and I want to show people in similar positions that they can achieve so much if they commit to working hard and putting effort into the things they want to achieve.”
After a host of reforms to increase student success, average undergraduate time to degree decreased to less than four calendar years for the first time in 2019 and continued to shorten in 2020.
"I'm excited to speak with the graduates at UW, all of whom are working to achieve some important goals. Madison has always been a second home for me. The opportunity to give back to the school that gave so much to me is just a tremendous honor," says Lavelle.
Saying goodbye is hard, but luckily, I have memories and friendships that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.
In a visual tribute honoring the graduating Class of 2020, the names of graduates of the Wisconsin School of Business were projected onto the side of Grainger Hall.
“You have all received a superior education here — not in my kitchen, at Wisconsin,” joked the keynote speaker, author James Patterson. “There’s never been a better time to make use of everything you learned in school. You are prepared for this."