University of Wisconsin–Madison

Main Ceremony

The Chancellor’s Convocation is a formal welcome for new students to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. During this virtual event, you will be introduced to the legacies of our campus—past, present, and future. Welcome to UW–Madison!

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Welcome, New Students!

School and College Welcome Messages

Agricultural and Life Sciences




Human Ecology

Letters & Science



Join Us In Singing Varsity

Faculty Welcome

Land Acknowledgement

Each year, Convocation 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:

Convocation and Beyond

Check out more details about your School & College Orientation

Wisconsin Welcome

Wisconsin Welcome is a series of welcome programs and events designed to introduce new students to campus and the UW-Madison community from August 27 thru September 20, 2020.


Welcome Week at the Union

The Wisconsin Union welcomes you back to campus with a bunch of activities to help you get to know our spaces and places that make the Union a home-away-from home for all students.

Visit the Union


COVID testing site on Henry Mall

Covid testing sites open

Lecture hall seats with stickers on some reading Have a seat

Preparing classrooms for students’ return

Free Scoop of Babcock Ice Cream

Ice cream illustration reading Welcome new Badgers!

Welcome, new students! Keep an eye on your email inbox to get your personal code for a free scoop of Babcock ice cream, courtesy of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. We’re so glad you’re here!

The W project

Students on football stadium field forming gian human W and words reading the W Project

Participate in “The W Project,” an interactive first-year welcome event. Enjoy a warm welcome from the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s chief alumni officer, Sarah Schutt; Dean of Students Christina Olstad; and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Gabe Javier.


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