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September 4, 2018

Chancellor Rebecca Blank spoke to thousands of first-year students gathered for the Chancellor’s Convocation for New Students, a Wisconsin Welcome event held at the Kohl Center on Sept. 4. Plenty of other top university officials welcomed the students to UW–Madison, and Bucky Badger even joined in the fun. There are 6,860 new freshmen this fall semester.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank speaks to thousands of first-year students.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank speaks to thousands of first-year students. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Undergraduate Yogev Ben-Yitschak, a junior from Milwaukee, Wis., but who grew up in Northern Israel, speaks at convocation.

Undergraduate Yogev Ben-Yitschak, a junior from Milwaukee, Wis., but who grew up in Northern Israel, speaks at convocation. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Patrick Sims, vice provost for diversity and climate, addresses first-year students.

Patrick Sims, vice provost for diversity and climate, addresses first-year students. Photo by: Jeff Miller

First-year students listen intently.

First-year students listen intently. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Lori Reesor, vice chancellor of student affairs, speaks at the ceremony.

Lori Reesor, vice chancellor of student affairs, speaks at the ceremony. Photo by: Jeff Miller

From left to right, undergraduate student speaker Yogev Ben-Yitschak, Chancellor Rebecca Blank, and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf welcome UW-Madison mascot Bucky Badger to the stage at the end of the ceremony.

From left to right, undergraduate student speaker Yogev Ben-Yitschak, Chancellor Rebecca Blank, and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf welcome UW-Madison mascot Bucky Badger to the stage at the end of the ceremony. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf speaks to thousands of first-year students gathered for convocation..

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf speaks to thousands of first-year students gathered for convocation.. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf, center, welcomes Chancellor Rebecca Blank to the podium.

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf, center, welcomes Chancellor Rebecca Blank to the podium. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Following a prompt from speaker Lori Reesor, vice chancellor for student affairs, for audience members to introduce themselves during convocation.

Following a prompt from speaker Lori Reesor, vice chancellor for student affairs, for audience members to introduce themselves during convocation. Photo by: Jeff Miller

First-year students link arms and sing

First-year students link arms and sing "Varsity" at the end of the ceremony. Photo by: Jeff Miller

André E. Phillips, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, helps volunteers distribute

André E. Phillips, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, helps volunteers distribute "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes" following the convocation ceremony. The book, by Dan Egan, is the 2018-19 selection for Go Big Read, a UW-Madison common-reading program. Photo by: Jeff Miller

Bucky Badger and Chancellor Rebecca Blank help volunteers distribute complimentary copies of

Bucky Badger and Chancellor Rebecca Blank help volunteers distribute complimentary copies of "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes" following the Chancellor's Convocation for New Students at the Kohl Center on Sept. 4. Photo by: Jeff Miller

First-year students -- a few wearing College of Letters & Science-branded T-shirts -- depart convocation.

First-year students -- a few wearing College of Letters & Science-branded T-shirts -- depart convocation. Photo by: Jeff Miller

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