University of Wisconsin–Madison

Important Update for Graduates:

Herff Jones, a company that provided cap and gown rentals to a small percentage of graduates this spring, has shared information about the theft of some customers’ payment information.

The University Bookstore is aware of this concern and working to gather additional information. If you believe you may have been impacted, please call Herff Jones at 855-535-1795 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Please also report any fraudulent charges to your bank/credit card provider.

Bachelor’s Degree Ceremony

Saturday, May 8, 2021, Noon

Featuring remarks by Chancellor Rebecca Blank,
keynote speaker André De Shields and student speaker, Lusayo Mwakatika.

Graduate Degree Ceremony

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 4 p.m.

Featuring remarks by Chancellor Rebecca Blank and honoary degree recipient, John Gottman, Ph.D.

Keynote Speakers

Featured Videos

Commencement and Beyond

Celebration and Graduate Recognition

Schools, colleges, units, departments and organizations are ready to celebrate the Class of 2021! Check out the schedule of celebrations for additional information.

Celebration Events

Welcome to Alumnihood!

The Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) wants to help you hold onto what you love about the UW by presenting a complimentary, two-year membership — plus BONUS Wisconsin felt pennant magnet. Becoming a WAA member is the best way to continue your Wisconsin Experience — wherever your degree takes you. Activate your no-cost, two-year membership today! Make sure to keep an eye out for your alumni pin and welcome letter in the mail; it will have instructions on how to activate your complimentary membership.

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Wisconsin Union Lifetime Memberships

The Wisconsin Union Association celebrates your accomplishment and is pleased to offer you a lifetime Wisconsin Union membership for just $50. This represents a 75% discount in recognition of your achievement, especially during this challenging final year. Your membership provides a lifetime of connection to a place that’s been an important part of your time on campus, and discounts and opportunities that will keep you coming back.

Purchase Your Union Membership

Class of 2021 Playlist

Whether in-person or online, the class of 2021 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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Commencement program

The Spring 2021 Commencement Program is available for viewing. If you need to request a printed program, please contact us at If you requested a printed program, they will be mailed out in mid-June.

Diploma and cover

Your Diploma and Cover will arrive 6-8 weeks after grades are entered. Be sure to update your address in your MyUW Student Center to ensure your hard-earned degree documentation arrives in the right place!

Update Your Diploma Address

One Word, One Wish

Share your message with the Class of 2021! Create a Tribute video with one word that describes the class of 2021 and/or one wish you have for graduates as they start their next chapter.

Share a message

Send Your Grad a Video

Send a video message directly to your graduate. With DIY Tributes, you can create an uplifting and commemorative video montage that includes friends and family members as a celebratory keepsake.

Submit a tribute

Virtual UW Backgrounds

The Wisconsin Alumni Association would like to welcome the Class of 2021 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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Celebrating the Class of 2021

Pat Connaughton of NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks to speak at celebration for 2020 graduates

As previously announced, UW–Madison will welcome graduates of spring, summer and winter 2020 back to Madison Sept. 17-19 for a celebration of their achievements.

Message to grads: “You don’t have to do this alone”

Saturday’s ceremony for graduate and professional students featured advice from John Gottman, a pioneer in the psychology of relationships.

Back where they belong, undergraduate Badgers rock Camp Randall

Thousands of UW–Madison’s graduating seniors made a triumphant return to Camp Randall Saturday for an undergraduate commencement ceremony that was both a jubilant celebration of all they’ve achieved and a defiant response to a devastating year.

Photo gallery: Spring 2021 Commencement

After a year like no other, Saturday’s commencement was filled with new sights and beloved traditions.

UW–Madison senior wins prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

Cheryl Mulor plans to pursue a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University with a focus in sustainable design and construction. She hopes to one day return to Kenya and own her own company.

Video: Graduating students remember, reflect

Members of the Class of 2021 share some of their favorite memories, lessons learned, and what they will miss the most from their time on the UW–Madison campus.

Thousands of UW students to graduate Saturday at Camp Randall commencement ceremonies

The in-person gatherings — one for undergraduates, the other for all graduate degree candidates — will be limited to graduates only (no guests) because of the ongoing pandemic.

Meet some of the notable UW–Madison graduates of spring 2021

The pandemic couldn’t hold them back — they’ve won major national academic honors, appeared on network TV shows, helped classmates avoid COVID-19, improved the campus, and even won a Grammy.

Student commencement speaker Lusayo Mwakatika advances agriculture in his homeland

While in Madison, Student commencement speaker Lusayo Mwakatika worked on a project to renovate the agricultural sector in his home country of Malawi. He also did stand-up comedy.

Student to student: Seniors’ best memories at UW

At this point, graduation is less than two weeks away. For my fellow graduates, the final days of our undergraduate careers are coming to an end. It is absolutely crazy to think that soon we will be college graduates. How time flies! Many of us are looking back at our time in Madison and recalling […]


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Land Acknowledgement

Each year, Commencement provides an opportunity for our Badger community to acknowledge the Ho-Chunk, people of the Big Voice, the inhabitants and communities who have called this land home since time immemorial.

Land acknowledgement plaque

"Humans have called this place home for 12,000 years and counting. Today, the University of Wisconsin–Madison rests in the ancestral land of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the People of the Big Voice, who have called this place Teejop (day-JOPE) for time immemorial. We as a university community continue to create and build upon our partnerships with the 12 First Nations of Wisconsin. We as a state university respect the inherent sovereignty and unique legal status, as affirmed and set forth in state and federal law, of the First Nations of Wisconsin."

To continue to learn more about the Wisconsin’s first nations, visit: