University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Saturday Ceremony

Saturday, May 14, 2022, Noon

Featuring remarks by Chancellor Rebecca Blank,
keynote speaker Linda Thomas-Greenfield and student speaker, Barni Shiferaw.

Ceremony program

Recap: ‘Cherish your freedoms’ and ‘be kind,’ Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield tells 2022 graduates

Photo gallery: Saturday Spring Commencement roundup

Friday Ceremony

Friday, May 13, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

Featuring remarks by Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Ceremony program

Recap: ‘Serve others,’ chancellor entreats celebrating UW graduates

Photo gallery


Final closed captions will be added later this week.

Celebrate Your Graduate

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!

Wisconsin Union Lifetime Membership

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.

Digital Freebies

As a Badger grad, you know that one of the best parts of UW alumnihood is sharing (read: bragging about) your Badger roots far and wide — including in the digital sphere. We want to help you deck your tech with full-on Badger Pride! Check out these digital freebies from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Diploma and cover

Your diploma will be mailed after grades have been entered, 6-8 weeks after commencement. Update your address to ensure it delivers to the correct location. Learn where to pick up your diploma cover.

Questions or concerns?


Share a message

As our gift to you (and the graduating class), we invite you to upload a short video message to our Tribute Community Page that honors your graduates. Share one word that represents the class of 2022 and/or one wish you have for them as they move on to the next chapter. Uploading a video is simple and easy. Content will be shared with graduates after the ceremony this weekend. Thank you for sharing a Tribute!

Additionally you can surprise your grad with congratulations and well wishes from their entire family and friend group with a personal graduation video montage. The UW-Madison Parent and Family Program partnered with Tribute to make this service FREE for UW-Madison grads and their families. ($29.99 value)

Attend an event

Watch from the Unions

The Wisconsin Union team invites you to a livestream of the Camp Randall Stadium graduation ceremony at Union South’s outdoor Sun Garden and indoor Sett, or Memorial Union’s outdoor Terrace or indoor Rathskeller. Seating is first come, first served, and there are thousands of seats and dining options. Find more information about these and other Union-hosted graduation events, such as free concerts and free professional photos of grads on big Terrace chairs.

School and college events

Make sure to celebrate with your school, college, unit, department, or organization. Check out the schedule of celebrations for additional information.

Recent-Grad Weekend

It’s time for a new summer tradition! You’re invited to kick back, relax, and soak up the fun of Madtown with fellow UW alumni who have graduated within the past eight years on June 24-25. Join us for a weekend of reconnection and celebration, featuring access to exclusive receptions and social mixers, a rooftop brunch, a Madison Mallards game with bottomless food and beverages, Badger trivia night, DJay Mando ’16, and more. Questions: Contact Karla Foster at

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Photo gallery: Saturday Spring Commencement roundup

Scenes from the UW–Madison 2022 graduation ceremony held at Camp Randall Stadium.

‘Cherish your freedoms’ and ‘be kind,’ Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield tells 2022 graduates

An estimated crowd of just over 42,000 people, including graduates, attended the first spring commencement ceremony since 2019 that was in person and open to all family members and friends.

2022 spring commencement, Day 1

Celebratory scenes from before, during and after Friday’s ceremony for graduating doctoral, MFA and medical professional students.

‘Serve others,’ chancellor entreats celebrating UW graduates

More than 800 doctoral, MFA and medical professional students attended UW–Madison commencement at the Kohl Center on Friday. The rest of this year’s graduates will receive their degrees Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

Students — and campus — all dressed up for commencement

Late spring — when flowers emerge and another class prepares to graduate – is one of the most beautiful times on the UW–Madison campus.

Students graduating from UW-Madison after tuition-free college

University of Wisconsin-Madison students will take the stage Saturday for commencement ceremonies, and some of those students will be graduating debt-free, thanks to Bucky’s Tuition Promise. (via NBC-15)

Woman gets second chance at graduation she missed 36 years ago

Dawn Proctor graduated in 1986 but circumstances beyond her control prevented her from participating in the commencement ceremony. Now 67, she will be among Saturday’s graduates at Camp Randall Stadium. (Photo: Kayla Wolf, Wisconsin State Journal)

Meet some of the notable UW–Madison graduates of spring 2022 

Many of these members of the class of 2022 have left a lasting impact on campus, and some have already made a mark far beyond UW–Madison.

‘Exceptional graduate’ wins fellowship to travel, volunteer

Claire James will travel the world on a Wolff Fellowship award that allows her to volunteer with community initiatives and understand more about the intersections of economics, poverty and geography.

Meet Barni Shiferaw: Student speaker for spring commencement

“I’ve loved UW ever since I came to campus, and I’ve had an incredible experience here, so it will be fun to reflect on that and to hopefully inspire the other graduates.”

Fulfilling a promise — 3,500 times over

Bucky’s Tuition Promise has created an affordable gateway to higher education for Wisconsin students from households making less than half of the state’s average family income. Meet some of the scholars the program is helping this year.

Alumna Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to speak at spring commencement 

“I know that what I’ve achieved in my life is the result of the extraordinary education I received at this university and the connections I made here,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has said.


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