University of Wisconsin–Madison

Main Ceremony

Featuring remarks by Chancellor Rebecca Blank, a student speaker, deans, and keynote speaker, Badger alumna and World Cup winner, Rose Lavelle.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

2,117 Bachelor’s Degrees

526Master’s Degrees

289Doctoral Degrees

Keynote Speakers

Featured Video

A Message from Your Senior Class Officers

Congrats, Class of 2020!

Commencement and Beyond


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

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You’ve Got Mail!

Your Diploma and Cover will arrive in 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!

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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 Senior Class Gift

In an effort to destigmatize mental illness and spread awareness of mental health resources on campus, the UW-Madison senior class officers are dedicating the 2020 class gift to the Green Bandana Project.

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Keep the Celebration Going!

Be sure to find out how to celebrate with your School, College, Department and more. Check out these events for more details.

Virtual Events

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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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 by January 31, 2021 and receive a free 2020 charm, ready to attach to your own mini-Terrace chair.

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Get Your Watch Party Ready

You can set up your own Facebook watch party with family and friends. Set a date and time that works best for everyone – the ceremony content will be available after noon (CDT) on Sunday, December 13. To set up your Watch Party just follow these instructions.

Watch Party

Frame Your Badger Pride

Calling all Class of 2020 graduates and Badgers everywhere! We are SO proud of you. Now you can share YOUR #UWGrad pride with the world by adding a frame to your Facebook profile photo. Search “uwgrad” on the profile frames page linked below.

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Badgerfy Your Background

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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No matter how you choose to celebrate, share the moment using #UWGrad. We look forward to recognizing all of our graduates this December and our next email will contain more information about the virtual commencement celebration.


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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Winter commencement: Rose Lavelle lauds grads of ‘greatest university to ever grace this planet’

Chancellor Rebecca Blank praised the nearly 3,000 winter graduates for overcoming great challenges to get to this moment. The pandemic will shape this generation, she said, just as wars and terrorist attacks shaped prior ones.

Celebrate with winter 2020 graduates during virtual commencement ceremony

The prerecorded ceremony will be released at 11 a.m. central time on Dec. 13 and will remain available on the web so people anywhere can watch it at a time most convenient to them.

At 2020 winter commencement, notable graduates abound

As the first class of grads to spend an entire semester under the constraints imposed by COVID-19, they’ve shown remarkable fortitude and grace in completing their degrees under challenging circumstances.

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

“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.”

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.

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 […]

V. Craig Jordan, Michael G. Moore to receive honorary degrees from UW–Madison

Jordan, a groundbreaking cancer researcher, and Moore, a pioneer in the field of contemporary distance education, will be awarded honorary doctoral degrees during the winter 2020 commencement ceremonies in December.

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."

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