UW-Madison commencement ceremony to take place Saturday

Posted at 3:22 PM, May 06, 2020

MADISON — UW-Madison will be hosting a virtual commencement ceremony Saturday to celebrate their 2020 graduates.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, UW-Madison announced they would be hosting a virtual ceremony in order to protect the safety of their staff, students, and families.

This virtual ceremony will not be live but will be available here beginning at noon central time on Saturday. This video will remain on the website so that students and families can watch it at any time convenient to them.

The university is also planning to host an in-person celebration for the students once it is safe to do so.

"The Class of 2020 has been resilient and adaptable, finishing their schooling in the midst of a global pandemic. I hope they will celebrate their accomplishments," says Chancellor Rebecca Blank. "Their diplomas from this great public institution tell the world they are ready and able to help build a future that will prevent such tragedies."

According to a press release from the school, 8,460 degrees will be conferred during the ceremony. There are 6,241 undergraduate, 1,352 masters and 867 doctoral degrees.

The ceremony will include speeches from the university chancellor, senior president, senior vice president, and keynote speaker James Patterson.

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