Ceremony photos

Doctoral, MFA, and Medical Professional Degree Candidates will have their photo taken as they cross the stage at the Kohl Center to receive their diploma cover and a solo portrait after they exit the stage. Photo stations at Gates A and B will be available before and after the ceremony for graduate portraits with friends and family.

Bachelor’s, Law, and Master’s Degree Candidates can have portrait photos taken by Empire Photography on the sidelines before or after the ceremony at Camp Randall.

Proofs will be sent to graduates and their families within 48 hours of the ceremony. Your commencement is a once-in-a-lifetime moment so don’t miss out!

UW graduate in academic attire smiling while holding diploma cover.

Photos with Abe

Beginning Monday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 15 graduates may take photos with the Abe statue during the following staffed times when a safety ladder is provided.

Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Saturday, May 11 from 2–5 p.m.

Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Monday, May 13 – Wednesday, May 15 11a.m.–2 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change. Inclement weather will require the ladder to be stored.

Climbing the Abe statue without the specialized campus safety ladder is prohibited. Individuals who climb the statue without the safety ladder risk serious harm to themselves and to the artwork. The statue sits at a significant height above a hard ground surface. The statue may be slippery, and there are no specially designed railings or grip points. Risks include slips and/or falls, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, and potentially serious or fatal head, neck, back or spinal injuries. Individuals choosing to climb without the campus safety ladder acknowledge these dangers and proceed at their own risk.


Student wearing graduation attire siting on Abraham Lincoln statue.

Questions about your photos?

UW–Madison is proud to continue to work with Empire Photography, a locally owned small business established in 1983 by UW–Madison alumni Mark and Maggie Smith. Empire Photography has been photographing our commencement ceremonies for many years. If you have any questions, please email Empire Photography. You can also visit the Empire Photography UW–Madison Portal for more information.