Winter 2022 Law, Master’s, Bachelor’s, PhD, DMA, MFA and Medical Professional Degree Candidates will have their photo taken as they cross the stage 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.

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. Each graduate is photographed as they receive their diploma and a solo portrait is also taken after they exit the stage. 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! If you have any questions, please email Empire Photography at

The Giant 2022 Numbers will be on Bascom Hill for graduate photos from November 16-23, come one – come all!

Portrait Sessions

Nov 16, 17, 30, 2022
Dec 1, 7, 8, 2022
10am-4pm each day

Location: Memorial Union Festival Room

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Photos with Abe

Nov 8 & 9, 2022
10:00am-2:00pm each day

Location: Top of Bascom Hill

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