UW -Madison commencement held at Camp Randall, first time in decades

Camp Randall filled with black gowns, colorful tassels and proud parents this afternoon.

"Amazing! finally done," said one new grad.

Camp Randall is a place that holds tradition, radiates pride, and means a lot more for any UW student.

It showed as students sang and swayed when "Varsity" played. It also showed each time "go Badgers" and "on Wisconsin" came from the mouths of graduates, speakers and families.

"It's fitting that we end here at Camp Randall," said Joseph Meeker, Senior Class President.

"The spirit and energy that fills this stadium for a few Saturdays every year is more emblematic of Wisconsin than anything I can imagine," said Meeker.

Camp Randall was grounds for the first commencement ceremony in over 2 decades.

Vice Chancellor Vince Sweeney said they stopped having the ceremony at Camp Randall because the number of graduates seemed to be too big.

Sweeney said putting the ceremony together was a lot of work, but worth it. They expect to be at Camp Randall again next year.

"I'm the first commencement speaker in 25 years that gets to stand in Camp Randall and say those timeless important words, 'Go Badgers,'" said Jon Huntsman, keynote speaker and former Utah governor.

Camp Randall, was almost highlighted as much as the graduates themselves.

"There's a passion that manifests here on game day. We belt, 'Build Me Up Buttercup', sling our arms over our neighbor to sing 'Varsity,'" said Meeker.

In the blur of fans of parents and friends in the stands, sat Caryn Bulovsky. She and her husband both graduated from UW at Camp Randall. Today she gets to see her son, Andrew Bulovsky, do the same.

"At Camp Randall, which is a big venue with the football team, that, I think is important," said Caryn Bulovsky.

Her son is Senior Class Vice President, and he helped lead the students into another, well loved Camp Randall tradition.

"The 4th quarter is about to start and you know what that means. Hit it," said Meeker.

With that, "Jump Around" began playing, and all the graduates went up and down. It was a highlight of the special day.

One grad told us that, and even showed us her graduation cap, which donned the anthem's title.

It's one example that grads didn't take the ceremony too seriously; they knew it was a cause for celebration.

Huntsman agreed.

"Go out and do something great, but before you do, go out and celebrate!" said Huntsman.

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