University of Wisconsin–Madison
Bucky Badger and students wearing graduation gowns and face masks jump and toss their mortar boards at the center of the Camp Randall football field.

Saturday, May 8, Noon

Bachelor’s Degree Candidate Ceremony

Keynote speaker: UW alumnus and Broadway star André De Shields

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Saturday, May 8, 4 p.m.

Graduate Degree Candidate Ceremony (including Doctoral, Law, Medical, Professional, and Master’s Degree Candidates)

Keynote speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: groundbreaking psychologist John Gottman, Ph.D.

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Prepare for Commencement

Graduate participation

If you are participating in an in-person ceremony on Saturday, May 8 you must complete a three-part Commencement Canvas Module by Friday, May 7 at noon, Central.

Reserve your cap and gown

Academic regalia is required for all graduates participating in an in-person ceremony on May 8. Be sure to reserve your attire if you haven’t already, and make plans to pick it up prior to May 8.

Request a program

The Spring 2021 Commencement Program will be printed and mailed using this request form. Quantity requests are limited to 10 per person.

Diploma and cover

Your diploma and cover will be mailed after grades have been entered, 6-8 weeks after commencement. You can update your diploma address to ensure it comes to the right location.

Prepare for Camp Randall

View the Camp Randall Map (pdf) to see where Badger Wellness Ambassador’s will be screening for green Badger Badges, gate entry and more. Graduates are encouraged to bring as little with you to the ceremony as you can, you can view the Carry-in Policy (pdf) for further details. Be sure to take your final test! A negative COVID-19 test is required for a green Badger Badge, use the Testing Schedule (pdf) to make sure you test in time.

Visitors: What to Expect

Every effort is being made to offer a safe, memorable and fun celebration for Spring 2021 graduates, while also following local, state and national guidance on public health and safety.

  • Attendance at Commencement is limited to Spring 2021 graduates only; family and friends may participate virtually via a live stream.
  • Tailgating, camping, and accompanying graduates to the ceremony site will be prohibited.
  • Visitors can expect most campus buildings to be closed to the public. Memorial Union and Union South are open with limitations.
  • Visitors should be aware that Dane County enforces COVID-related restrictions, including:
    • Limitations on gatherings
    • Face covering mandate
    • Limitations on businesses, including retail and hospitality
  • Visitors should expect adjusted restaurant, dining and bar options. As of this writing, only some restaurants and bars are open at limited capacity, and/or offering only take out dining. Delivery is available from many restaurants as well as several mobile food ordering and delivery apps. Many establishments are understaffed due to COVID workforce reductions, resulting in longer wait times for service.
  • We encourage you to contact area partners for more information on the current environment in Madison:

Questions or concerns?

COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Response Line: 608-262-7777


Wisconsin Athletics Ticket Office:

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

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

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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