University of Wisconsin–Madison

Winter 2021 Commencement

Doctoral, Professional, Master’s, and Bachelor’s Degree Ceremony
Sunday, December 19 at 10 a.m. (CST)
Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton Street

Featuring remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank, keynote speaker Manu Raju ’02, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent, and student speaker, Jai Khanna.


Final closed captions will be added later this week.

Commencement and Beyond

Winter 2021 Commencement Program

The Winter 2021 Commencement Program is available for viewing! Printed copies will be distributed at the Kohl Center on Sunday, December 19. Unable to attend but need a printed copy? Email us at and we can mail them to you.

Commencement Program

Class of 2021 Commencement Seating Diagram — Kohl Center

Graduates, find out where you will be sitting during the Winter 2021 Commencement at the Kohl Center. Look for your School, College or Degree information on this seating map. You may also email us at for assistance in identifying where you should sit.

Seating map for graduates

Free Parking and Shuttle Service

Campus Parking Lots will be free beginning on Friday, December 17 at 4:30 p.m. through Sunday, December 19 at 5 p.m. School bus shuttles running every 10 minutes will be available on Sunday, December 19 along University Ave. and Dayton Street between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. View this parking and shuttle map for details.

More parking and shuttle details

Kohl Center accessibility

Diploma and cover

Diploma covers will be available for graduates as you walk across the stage at the Kohl Center. Your diploma 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! Unable to attend the ceremony in person? You can pick-up your diploma cover at the Registrar’s Office at 333 East Campus Mall, or request one to be mailed to you by emailing

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You Earned It: Get a 2-Year Complimentary WAA Membership

This special offer is the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s way of saying, “Congrats, Grad!”

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Wisconsin Union Lifetime Memberships

Don’t miss this limited time opportunity to save 75% on a Wisconsin Union Lifetime membership. As a student member, you’ve enjoyed all the access and perks that membership provides. For just $50 you can maintain your Wisconsin Union membership for life. Join now, enjoy forever!

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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

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

Wearing their hearts on their mortarboards

A little paint, glue, beading and sparkles can transform a graduation cap into a piece of art reflecting the wearer’s Badger memories.

‘Look at us now:’ Graduates reclaim Kohl Center traditions for 2021 winter commencement

Sunday’s winter commencement ceremony marked a sweet return to an in-person celebration at the Kohl Center following a one year pause and a virtual winter commencement in December of 2020 due to COVID-19.

Meet some of the exceptional graduates of winter 2021

This year’s winter graduates are an accomplished bunch — they’ve created new student organizations, toured the world on music stages, undertaken important research, and won major awards

Pandemic brought life lessons for Jai Khanna, winter commencement student speaker

Khanna said weathering the pandemic offered lessons. “It was a great time to bond. And I learned a lot about myself because there was so much time to think.”

Veteran congressional reporter to address graduates at UW–Madison 2021 winter commencement

Manu Raju, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, has covered politics in Washington for nearly 20 years. But before Capitol Hill, there was Bascom Hill.

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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