University of Wisconsin–Madison

Main Ceremony

Featuring remarks by student leaders, Chancellor Rebecca Blank, deans, and keynote speaker, author James Patterson.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

6,241 Bachelor’s

1,352 Master’s


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Global Badgers

As we celebrate, here’s a look at the many places the Class of 2020 call home.

Commencement and Beyond


A condensed program with a letter from the Chancellor and graduate names is available digitally (PDF.)

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You’ve Got Mail!

Many items will be mailed to your Diploma Address this summer — including, of course, your diploma! — so be sure to update your address in the MyUW Student Center

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Keep the Celebration Going!

Check out all of the ways to celebrate with your School, College, Department and more!

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Welcome to Alumnihood!

The Wisconsin Alumni Association is here to keep you connected to your alma mater. A special mailing, including your graduation pin and details on a two-year membership to WAA, will be coming your way soon.

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Class of 2020 Playlist

Whether in-person or online, the class of 2020 knows how to have a good time. Celebrate their achievements with some classic feel-good tunes and a few songs that define their college experience.

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Virtual UW Backgrounds for Grads

The Wisconsin Alumni Association would like to welcome the Class of 2020 to the Badger family! Ready to keep your U-Rah-Rah going? Check out these spirited virtual backgrounds so you’ll never feel too far away from your soon-to-be alma mater and favorite campus spots.

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Wisconsin Union Lifetime Memberships

In acknowledgement of your fortitude and resilience, the Wisconsin Union Association has offered you, the class of 2020, free lifetime Wisconsin Union memberships.

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Commemorative Photo

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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Soccer standout Rose Lavelle to address winter graduates

“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.

Spring commencement 2020: A virtual party heard round the world

“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.”

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

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 together a grad playlist with some classic feel-good tunes and a few songs that define their college experience. Whether you’re a soon-to-be alumni, freshman with a possible case of senioritis or […]

Seniors to make most of online commencement, celebrating at home

“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

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.

Airman of the Year, a UW–Madison senior, is helping with state’s COVID-19 response

Alex King enlisted in the Wisconsin Air National Guard in September of 2016 — the same month he began classes at UW–Madison as a freshman. He’s juggled school work and military training ever since, excelling at both.

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

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.

Senior class officers announce 2020 class gift dedicated to Green Bandana Project

In an effort to provide education on mental illness and spread awareness of mental health resources on campus, the UW-Madison senior class officers have announced a new fund to support the Green Bandana Project.   Created by a former UW-Madison student, the Green Bandana Project — organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-UW — has […]


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