Commencement Ceremonies

Plans for 2020 Commencement ceremonies are still being developed, alongside campus planning to safely reopen for Fall 2020 instruction.

The University’s Commencement ceremonies are among the most special events we hold on campus each year. Celebrations this year will call on all of us to be flexible and creative so that we can recognize graduates and their families in ways that are both jubilant and safe for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please look for additional details on 2020 Commencement ceremonies, beginning with our Winter 2020 ceremony, in early Fall.

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View the university’s plan for returning to in-person instruction this fall and learn about health measures being put in place for everyone on campus.

Commencement Speaker Announcements

James Patterson, the world’s top-selling author of the past 20 years, will be the commencement keynote.

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John Felder ’74, one of the primary organizers of the Black Student Strike of 1969 at UW–Madison, will be the Alumni speaker.

Save the Date: Winter Commencement 2020

Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degree Candidates 
Sunday, December 13, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton Street