UW-Madison holds in-person commencement ceremonies for class of 2021

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MADISON, Wis. — After another year of online learning and uncertainty, graduates in UW-Madison’s Class of 2021 tossed their caps at Camp Randall on Saturday to celebrate the next chapter of their lives.

This year, students were welcomed back into Camp Randall for commencement. In-person attendance was limited to graduates, ceremony participants and staff. The university said more than 7,600 students earned degrees, including 5,493 undergraduate students, 1,266 masters’ degree students and 871 doctoral candidates.

About 5,100 people attended the undergraduate ceremony, which included faculty and administrators.

The commencement ceremony was also livestreamed on the university YouTube page and can be watched at any time.

Actor and singer André De Shields, who graduated from UW-Madison in 1970, invoked the pandemic and the police killing of George Floyd in his video keynote address to undergraduates, encouraging graduates to transform the world with their talent.

Everyone at Camp Randall was required to either have a recent negative COVID-19 test, be fully vaccinated or have a recent positive test within a specific timeframe. Masks and social distancing were also required.