The following message from Chancellor Blank was sent to UW–Madison faculty, university and academic staff on May 19.
To our employees,
Nearly two weeks ago, I had the chance to look out at our assembled graduating class at Camp Randall Stadium on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon.
Students, all of whom had green Badger Badges, sat together, shared photos and hugs and were able to cap off their UW–Madison careers with Varsity and fireworks. Seeing their collective joy at being able to celebrate together and in person was high among the happiest moments in the past 18 months.
This graduation was special for all who attended and it was only possible because of the exceptional work everyone has done over the year. Each of you played a role in helping the university carry forward its essential mission amid a global pandemic.