UW-Madison announces Allan 'Bud' Selig as 2018 winter commencement speaker

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced Wednesday that Allan "Bud" Selig, commissioner emeritus of Major League Baseball will deliver the charge to December graduates.

Selig earned a bachelor's degree in American Institutions (political science and American history combined) in 1956 at UW-Madison. Selig co-teaches the advanced level seminar “Baseball & Society Since WWII” and maintains an office in the Department of History, where he established the Allan H. Selig Chair.

Selig, who lives in Milwaukee, founded the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970 after buying the Seattle Pilots and moving them to Milwaukee. He owned the Brewers until becoming acting commissioner of Major League Baseball in 1992.

This has been a big year for his beloved team, who came within one game of the World Series.

Selig was named the official commissioner in 1998 and served until 2015. In total, he presided over the national pastime for more than 22 years.

“We are so excited to have Bud Selig speak at this year’s winter commencement,” says Ronald Steinhoff, senior class president. “As the ninth commissioner of baseball, previous team owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, and fellow Badger, Mr. Selig’s legacy of ethical leadership continues to have an impact in Wisconsin and around the country."

Commencement speakers are selected and recommended by the senior class officers.

Winter Commencement is on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Kohl Center.