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Save the date: UW–Madison sets weekend to celebrate 2020 graduates

April 29, 2021

The weekend of events will include a Saturday celebration at Camp Randall with guest speakers, music, campus traditions and photo opportunities.

Broadway star, prominent psychologist to be speakers at commencement

March 24, 2021

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.

Student to student: How professors are stepping up

December 9, 2020

With fewer in-person lectures, professors have had to find new ways of teaching and also have had to gain a new sense of understanding for their students. Meet a few who've really stepped up.

Sven Kleinhans, student commencement speaker, has overcome challenges to excel in higher education

December 2, 2020

“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.”

UW–Madison recognized nationally for success in increasing graduation rates

October 28, 2020

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.

Soccer standout Rose Lavelle to address winter graduates

September 30, 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.

Student to student: A farewell to the campus I love

May 13, 2020

Saying goodbye is hard, but luckily, I have memories and friendships that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.

Business grads get their names up in lights

May 10, 2020

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.

Spring commencement 2020: A virtual party heard round the world

May 9, 2020

“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."

Lighting it up for the 2020 graduates

May 8, 2020

Graduates don't get to celebrate in Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center this year because of the social distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. So to mark Saturday's virtual graduation ceremony, the UW Athletic Department lit the two venues in red Friday night to honor the Class of 2020.

Student to student: 6 of the best tunes from the class of 2020 spotify playlist

May 6, 2020

Music is the gateway to the soul. Or, in this case, graduation. In anticipation of virtual commencement, the UW–Madison senior class officers have put…

What to expect at virtual commencement

May 6, 2020

A first-ever virtual commencement means exploring new ways to connect to Badgers across the globe and a chance to celebrate with loved ones, whether at home or through virtual platforms.

Seniors to make most of online commencement, celebrating at home

May 1, 2020

“My mom is going to cook a huge gorgeous meal, we are going to drink champagne, watch the ceremony, and cry."

Notable grads: A few of the outstanding students at spring commencement 2020

May 1, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak changed a lot of things at UW–Madison this semester, but the excellence of the spring 2020 graduating class was not one of them.

Student forges special bond with commencement speaker James Patterson, her childhood reading hero

April 29, 2020

Marie Aguirre has become friends with Patterson and his wife Susan. She’s also been a recipient of their generosity — the couple supported her college studies with a generous scholarship.