Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 --- 10:57 a.m.
Beginning in the spring of 2014, UW-Madison will hold a single commencement ceremony for undergraduates at Camp Randall.
The current plans are to hold the ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 17th.
Currently, the university hosts four ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday for all undergraduate majors and most master's students. The UW says the new plan has the advantage of bringing 6,000 graduates together in a single venue.
Roughly 6,000 graduating students, along with their families (estimated at over 40,000 people) would attend the Camp Randall ceremony. The event would be shorter than current ceremonies. A commencement speaker has not yet been identified.
The new plan was developed from a partnership between Chancellor Rebecca Blank and the officers of this year's senior class.
Whether or not there will be changes to the Friday ceremony honoring Ph.D., DMA and MFA candidates, as well as professional degree recipients, is still under discussion.
"This change will help us celebrate together on a grander scale while still involving the more personal elements that students look forward to throughout their time at UW-Madison. I'm excited to partner with students to provide an experience that is meaningful for everyone who attends."
-Chancellor Rebecca Blank
"Sitting alongside your entire graduating class will be a really powerful experience. Regardless of your major, school or college, commencement is an opportunity to think about the time we've shared with all our fellow Badgers, and there's no better place to reflect on that than inside Camp Randall."
-Class President Joe Meeker