2019 Winter Commencement – Full Ceremony

2019 Winter Commencement – Full Ceremony

[ Music ]>>Announcer: Please
remain standing and join Lauren Lynne Shafer, Master of Music Performance
degree Candidate in singing the national anthem.>>[Singing] O, say, can you
see by the dawn’s early light, hat so proudly we hail’d at
the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright
stars thro’ the perilous fight, o’er the ramparts we watch’d,
were so gallantly streaming. And the rockets’ red glare,
the bombs bursting in air, gave proof thro’ the night
that our flag was still there. O say, does that star spangled
banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the
home of the brave? [ Applause ]>>Provost Scholz:
Thank you, Lauren, and the Mead Witter School
of Music Commencement Band. Please be seated. Good morning. I’m Karl Scholz, the
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs here at the
University of Wisconsin–Madison. It is my great pleasure
to welcome you to our 2019 winter
commencement ceremony. As Provost here at UW–Madison,
I work with the deans and directors of all of the
schools and colleges to ensure that we are offering
academic programs and an overall educational
experience that is second to none. Our faculty pride themselves
on our deep commitment to undergraduate, graduate
and professional education, and I am very proud of the
hard work and effort put forth by each and every faculty and
staff member here on our campus. Graduates, I hope
that during your time on campus you have
been introduced to and have embraced
the Wisconsin Idea. This is the notion that the
university is not bounded its campus borders but
should be present in all parts of the state. The Wisconsin Idea tells us that
the university should reach out and serve the citizens of the
state, the nation, and beyond. If we have done it right,
you are the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea. You will take what you’ve
learned here and demonstrate to the world the value
of a Wisconsin education. As you use your education,
and you serve others, the world will be better
because of your time here. At this time, it’s my pleasure
to introduce to you the members of our official party. I’m going to ask
each of you to stand up when your name is
called and remain standing. And I’ll ask the audience
to please hold your applause until all members of the platform party
have been introduced. Rebecca Blank, Chancellor. Our keynote speaker, Jason Gay. Our student speaker, Lisa Kamal. Eric Wilcots, Interim
Dean of the College of Letters and Science. Robert Golden, Dean
of the School of Medicine and Public Health. Linda Scott, Dean of
the School of Nursing. Kathryn VandenBosch, Dean of
the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Julie
Mead, associate dean of the school of education. Steven Swanson, Dean of
the School of Pharmacy. Steven Ackerman, Interim
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. Christina Olstad,
Dean of Students. Sarah Schutt, Chief
Alumni Engagement Officer and Executive Director of the
Wisconsin Alumni Association. Ray Cross, UW System President. Tracey Klein, UW
System Board of Regents. William Karpus, Dean
of the Graduate School. Margaret Raymond, Dean
of the Law School. Vallabh Sambamurthy, Dean
of the School of Business. Ian Robertson, Dean of the
College of Engineering. Soyeon Shim, Dean of the
School of Human Ecology. Mark Markel, Dean of the
School of Veterinary Medicine. Lori Reesor, Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs. Charles Hoslet, Vice Chancellor
for University Relations. Ray Taffora, Vice
Chancellor for Legal Affairs. Karl Martin, Interim Dean of
the Cooperative Extension. Guido Podestá, Vice
Provost and Dean of the International Division. Patrick Sims, Deputy Vice
Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice Provost
and Chief Diversity Officer. Susan Zaeske, Interim Director
of the Division of the Arts. Scott Owczarek, University
Registrar. Jeffrey Russell, Vice Provost
of Lifelong Learning and Dean of the Division of
Continuing Studies. Paul Robbins, Dean of
the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Jane Richards, Interim
Secretary of the Faculty. Terry Warfield, Chair of
the University Committee, the executive committee
of Faculty Senate, and Richard J. Johnson Chair
of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. Please join me in welcoming
these distinguished individuals. [ Applause ] I would now like to
introduce Rebecca Blank, Chancellor of the University
of Wisconsin–Madison. Chancellor Blank has led this
great university since 2013. She is an internationally
respected economist who has also spent time
in Washington, D.C., working in three different
presidential administrations. Most recently as Deputy
Secretary and Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Commerce under President Obama. Chancellor Blank received
her undergraduate degree in economics from the
University of Minnesota and holds a doctoral
degree in economics from M.I.T. She has served
on the faculty at Princeton, Northwestern and the University
of Michigan, where she was dean of the Gerald R. Ford
School of Public Policy. As Chancellor, she
has committed herself to maintaining the
university’s position as one of the world’s top centers
for discovery and research. Educating students to
compete in a global economy. And helping UW experts to
share knowledge and innovation with the state, the nation
and the world, what we call, as you have heard,
the Wisconsin Idea. Please welcome Chancellor Blank. [ Applause ]>>Chancellor Blank:
Good morning, everyone. Welcome to the winter 2019
commencement of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Congratulations to the new
graduates, and a warm welcome to all family and friends. I also want to welcome and
thank our guest speaker today. Jason Gay is a Wall
Street Journal columnist, sports reporter and a UW alum who has built a career
arguing why the University of Wisconsin Badgers are
better than the University of Michigan Wolverines,
or any other Big 10 team. In other words, Jason has
figured out how to get paid to do what many of
you do for free. [ Laughter ] Jason, we are all looking
forward to hearing from you, and I very much want to
thank you for being here. Class of 2019, you
are graduating at an historic year
for the university. We are marking the anniversaries
of two important events that changed our campus. The first, 2019 is the 150th
anniversary of the first women to earn bachelor’s
degrees from UW–Madison. [ Applause ] There were six women
in that class. You’re going to hear more
about them in just a moment, and their legacy, in a
brief video that we’ll show. The second event, 50 years ago,
following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,
students here at UW and indeed around the country staged
protests to draw attention to systematic discrimination
that was excluding students of color, and I might
note faculty of color, from higher education. Here in Madison, the Black
Student Strike ultimately involved close to 10,000
faculty, staff and students. It led to the creation of our
Afro-American Studies Department and prompted the administration
to make diversity a priority. Both of those anniversaries — and that’s worth applause too. [ Applause ] Both of these anniversaries
remind us that we are a public
institution that opens its doors to provide a college
degree for everyone who can show they’re
ready to take on the academic rigors
of this place. While we’ve not always
lived up to that promise — at times we have
been less welcoming than we should have been — it is imperative that
we remember our history and that we learn from it, to become an even
better institution. So whoever you are, if you
want to engage in the learning that takes place on this
campus, you are welcome here. Today we confer 1,770 degrees
upon our undergraduate, graduate, and professional
school students. About two-thirds of you
are here in person — and some others will participate
in the ceremony in the spring. December graduates are
an interesting group. It is pretty unlikely that
you came to UW planning to graduate in December. Some of you took a little more
time to reach this milestone. Maybe you did internships
or studied abroad. Some of you took a little
less time because you focused like a laser on completing
your degree. And some of you have
overcome great challenges to reach this moment. For today for you
has special meaning, and I want to share just
one of your stories. Umaima Mohammed Saed was 11
years old when her family had to flee their home in Baghdad
after a threat from Al Qaeda. For the next 7 years,
they were refugees. There was no opportunity
to work or go to school, so Umaima’s mother homeschooled
her and her siblings. Then, in 2014, the United
States granted them asylum and they settled in Wisconsin. Umaima worked hard to
build her academic skills, and finally achieved her goal
of admission to UW–Madison. Today, she earns her bachelor’s
degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the
School of Human Ecology. [ Applause ] She hopes to go on for a
master’s degree in our School of Medicine and Public Health. She is here with her
parents and her siblings — who are now UW students. Congratulations to Umaima. [ Applause ] I want to make a few
observations today about the value of the degree
that you are receiving, which represents one of the
biggest investments that you — or your parents — will ever make. As one of our students described
his graduation in December: “I am definitely hoping this is
the most expensive ticket I’ll ever buy to the Kohl Center.” [ Laughter ] In your time here at
UW, there’s been debate about whether a college
education is worth it. In the last year alone,
“The New York Times,” “The Wall Street Journal,” and “The Washington Post” all
published pieces questioning the value of a college degree. Before I became Chancellor, as
the provost noted, I was trained as an economist and as an
economist I am entirely mystified by those that question
the value of a college degree. Simply put, you have made
the best investment you will ever make. Yep. [ Applause ] The monetary returns on a
college degree are higher now than they have been at any
time in the past 50 years. College graduates earn far more
than non-college graduates, and this remains true even if
you adjust for the differences between those who do
and don’t go to college. It’s clear this university
gives you skills that this global economy
values more and more every day. But it’s not just
about the money. College graduates experience
better life satisfaction. More likely to marry, and
less likely to divorce. They’re healthier. They live longer than
non-college graduates. They’re more involved in
communities where they live, and more likely to do
volunteer work and to vote. Now you have chosen
particularly well. And I will say, because
this is the chancellor here, because you are graduating
from a school that is consistently ranked
as one of the best values in the U.S. But the value of a college degree
reflects a lot more than just the educational
quality and the price of tuition at the institution
that you attend. It also sends a reputational
signal about who you are. So, what will your
diploma from the University of Wisconsin tell
the world about you? Let me start with
the obvious answers. A UW degree tells the world
you understand the appeal of deep-fried cheese curds [ Laughter ] It tells the world that you
believe shorts are not an unreasonable clothing choice
on a 40-degree March day. It tells the world you will
always root for Badger teams and that you know there’s
no better place on earth on a warm summer evening,
than the Union Terrace. But to be more serious,
this is one of the top 25 universities
in the world. The credential you receive
today is a signal of excellence. [ Applause ] Your credential tells the
world you have deep knowledge of your academic field, and the
ability to function in a big, complex, and occasionally
daunting institution. But there’s another thing
that makes the University of Wisconsin in Madison special. That is our profound sense of
responsibility to be involved with the world and to be part of changing the world
for the better. That is the Wisconsin idea. And the class of 2019
has embraced this ethic in a big way. You’ve helped make UW the
number one school in the country for Peace Corps volunteers. That’s worth applause. [ Applause ] You’ve helped make the Madison
community a better place by doing 31,000 hours of
community volunteer work in the last year alone. [ Applause ] And you’ve set a new record for
voting on this campus and turned out to vote in far higher
numbers than your peers at most other schools. [ Applause ] As one of our alums said
recently, “People like to talk about all the things that “someone” really
ought to be doing. But at UW, they’re actually
doing those things.” But very few people can tackle
serious problems on their own. To make a difference in
the World, you also have to know how to collaborate. There is a growing body
of research that shows that groups Solve problems
better than individuals. And diverse groups solve
problems even better. And I hope you’ve learned
something about how to work with people from
many different fields and different backgrounds
while you were here. While living in the dorms, while
being part of a student club, while participating
in group projects. And no matter what school,
department, institute, or research center
you’ve been a part of, I hope you’ve experienced
an extraordinary community of scholars collaborating
across many different fields. I hope you’ll stay
connected with those friends and with your colleagues
here at UW, and that you will
use your education to make this world
a little better. Let me close by asking
you to do something. Friends and family,
this means you too. Take a moment to look at
the people all around you, next to you, right,
left, in front, behind. Today, we’re part of something
that is rare in this country and even on this planet — a peaceful and joyful gathering
of people from across the world, of every race and
every religion. People from Beijing, China;
Miami, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and every
point in between. People whose families
started on every rung of the economic ladder;
we’re all members of one big Badger family. This community is what a great
public university can create. Our doors are wide open to
Wisconsin and to the world. Families, thank you
for the support, the love you’ve given your
students over these years. Thank you for sharing these
wonderful people with us. Students, thank you for making
this university a better place while you were here. Keep in touch. Let us know how you’re doing. I can’t wait to hear
what are you going to accomplish in
the years ahead. Congratulations to each
and every one of you. Thank you and On, Wisconsin! [ Applause ] I told you earlier that
2019 is the anniversary of the graduation
of the first 6 women to earn bachelor’s degrees
here at UW–Madison in 1869. We’ve been celebrating this
milestone all year long. Our celebration not only
recognizes those first graduates, but the opening up
of possibility and opportunity that all of our graduates,
regardless of gender, continue to experience. Here are a few of their stories. [ Music ]>>Ever wonder what
puts the “W” in UW? Why women of course. We’re celebrating
UW Women at 150. [ Music ]>>Imagine Wisconsin
150 years ago. It was 1863, the height
of the American Civil War. The fledging University
of Wisconsin had lost much of its male population
to the battlefield. The times were right
to admit women. Such a great start,
except women were later put into separate classes
in the “Female College.”>>By 1869, the first group of trailblazers was
ready to graduate. We know they became a lawyer,
a high school principal, and a prominent suffragist who
worked with Susan B. Anthony.>>But before Commencement,
there was a hold-up. President Chadbourne scoffed
at the idea of conferring “bachelor’s” degrees to women.>>Did you ever wonder
why it’s called a “bachelor’s” degree
in the first place?>>Fortunately, the
Board of Regents decided that women should receive
the same degree as men.>>They also decided to
“honor” President Chadbourne by naming a building after him! The first all-women
dormitory, Chadbourne Hall.>>Women officially received
full co-educational status in 1874, and began
taking classes with men. They started working in biology
labs, and studying geology. At last, women had their
chance to delve into science.>>One of our alumnae became
the first woman geologist in the United States,
Florence Bascom, daughter of former UW
President John Bascom. The work of another alumna,
bacteriologist Alice Evans, led to one of the most important
advances in public health in the 20th century
— pasteurized milk.>>At the UW, women in
science were here to stay.>>The first known African
American woman graduated from the UW in 1918.>>Mabel Watson Raimey was fired
from her first job as a teacher because she was black. She went on to become
the state’s first female African-American lawyer.>>Soon other UW women
followed in her footsteps.>>Women like Vel Phillips, the
first African American woman to graduate from the UW Law
School, and the first woman and African American
to be elected to Milwaukee’s Common Council.>>Phillips championed fair
housing and civil rights and went on to become
Milwaukee’s first female judge and Wisconsin’s first
African American judge.>>We named a residence
hall after her.>>In every aspect of the collegiate
experience, UW women excelled. They proved their strength
in Physical Education. And showed their
aptitude for 3D design.>>Women participated in sports like basketball as
early as 1900.>>All across campus, women
pursued their passions.>>They didn’t hold
back on having fun. And still don’t. [ Music ]>>But UW women also
took life seriously. In the Army Nurse Corps
during World War II, Sidney Scott Cooper saw
that nurses were much more than physicians’ handmaidens.>>She devoted 60 years
to nursing education at UW and supported a 21st-century
vision for the School of Nursing.>>The theater was a stage for a
different battle, Civil Rights.>>Alumna Lorraine
Hansberry’s award-winning drama, “A Raisin in the Sun,”
became the first play by an African American woman
to be produced on Broadway.>>In the arts, UW women
transformed modern dance.>>Margaret D’Houbler founded
the first academic dance department in the nation.>>Zona Gale was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer
Prize for drama.>>Gerda Lerner founded the
nation’s first graduate program in women’s history.>>Ada Deer was the first
woman to lead a tribal nation and the Federal Bureau
of Indian Affairs.>>The first female drum major in the Big Ten was
UW’s Dee Willems.>>The first woman
and youngest person to head a Big Ten university
police force, Sue Riseling.>>The first female
chancellor in the Big Ten? UW–Madison’s Donna Shalala. Biddy Martin was UW’s second
female chancellor, and now, me.>>There are so many
more firsts for UW women!>>And, when it comes to
national championship teams?>>Badger women win!>>Looking back, we realize
how far UW women have come in 150 years. Where will you go next?>>Forward!>>And, On, Wisconsin! [ Music ] [ Applause ]>>I love that video. I am now delighted to introduce
our speaker representing the University of Wisconsin
System Board of Regents, Regent Tracey Klein. Regent Klein is a UW–Madison
alum who has served on the Board of Regents since 2016. She is also an attorney
and shareholder in the Polsinelli law firm in
Milwaukee, where she specializes in advising hospitals
and healthcare providers. If you are from Milwaukee, you
may have benefited from her work to improve civic engagement. Among other things, she’s been
a leader in building support for independent filmmakers, making Milwaukee a
destination for great cinema. Here at UW–Madison, we
know Regent Klein best from her long service
on the Board of Visitors for our Political
Science department. She is a loyal Badger. Please join me in welcoming
regent Tracey Klein! [ Applause ]>>Regent Klein: Thank
you, Chancellor Blank. Class of 2019, on behalf of the
University of Wisconsin board of regents, I wish you warmest and well-deserved
congratulations. I am especially proud
to be here today because as Chancellor
Blank mentioned, I am a proud Badger too. This is my Alma mater. I arrived here when I was 17
years old and I thought a portal to the universe had opened up. For all of us here today,
I believe the University of Wisconsin–Madison is a place of personal growth
and exploration. Where we’ve learned about the
world and where we’ve learned to discuss the issues of
the day in civil dialogue. Trust me, you won’t ever
forget your preparation here, whether it was something
you learned in an art history course, or sitting on a sunny
afternoon at the terrace. Your preparation here has
imbued you with the knowledge and critical thinking skills
necessary for success. So don’t ever be afraid
to ask that question. Is what I’m hearing correct? Did I actually get an
answer to that question? What is the appropriate
ethical response to the problem presented? You are a living embodiment
of the Wisconsin Idea. And as is our tradition, we follow the truth
wherever it leads. The University of
Wisconsin System is one of the finest public
institutions of higher education
in the nation. And Madison is its crown jewel. The University of
Wisconsin–Madison is ranked 8th in the world in research
dollars awarded. There are 25 Nobel Laureates
associated with Madison as alumni, faculty
or researchers. And this year, two UW–Madison
faculty members received Macarthur Genius grants. The Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel said it all in a headline last week. “We need 10 more Madisons
to drive our economy in the state and
in this region.” And, yet, we are
true to our mission to educate the people
of Wisconsin. Of the 3,700 new freshmen
that are from our state, one fifth of those Wisconsin
students attending Madison received Bucky’s Tuition
Promise which ensures the cost of tuition and fees are covered. 54% of our seniors
graduate without debt. And our average student
graduation rate is an amazing 3.96 years. So as you leave here today,
you leave as a graduate of a world-class university. One the world calls one
of the public Ivy’s. So I have three thoughts
to leave with you. One is, I hope you will find
a way to stay connected. It will benefit you in whatever
you choose to do in your life and in your career, so try to
find a way to stay connected. Secondly, I would
say, be ambitious, conquer the world,
and have a big life. But Err on the side of
kindness and tolerance in everything you do,
because that’s our tradition and that’s who we are. And last but not least,
there will be peace on earth if the Wisconsin Badgers
beat the Oregon Ducks in the 2020 orange bowl. So congratulations to all
of you, and, go Badgers. [ Applause ]>>Provost Scholz: That
was unexpected and awesome. Thank you, Regent
Klein, for your remarks. Our keynote speaker today
has joked that he got into UW–Madison only because a
sleepy admissions officer put his application in
the wrong stack. We know better. Jason Gay is creative,
clever, wise and funny — attributes that no doubt
jumped out on his application and that today make us very
proud to claim him as a Badger. Jason earned a bachelor’s
degree from UW–Madison in 1992. He majored in political
science, but as you’ll see, his career has taken him
in a number of unexpected and interesting directions. As a journalist, Jason has
been a writer and editor for publications ranging
from “Rolling Stone” and “GQ” to “The New York
Observer” and “Vogue.” Currently, he is the
sports columnist for “The Wall Street Journal,”
where he occasionally but firmly informs readers that the Badgers are the
best athletes in the world and that the Michigan Wolverines
must be stopped at any cost for the good of humanity. [ Laughter ] While Jason can be given
to just a bit of hyperbole, it is not an exaggeration to
say he is considered by many to be the best sports
journalist working today. The Society of Professional
Journalists said as much in 2016, naming him Sports
Columnist of the Year. Jason also writes a humor
column for the Review Section of the Wall Street Journal
and in 2016, he was a finalist for the Thurber Prize
for American Humor for his best-seller
“Little Victories.” The book is full of
rules for living — some hilarious, some
heartfelt, but all filtered through Jason’s unique
worldview. Please join me in giving a warm
Badger welcome to Jason Gay. [ Applause ]>>Jason Gay: Thank
you very much. If you can indulge
me for one second. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] It had to be done. Good morning. Thank you for having me. Thank you for that
kind introduction. Yes. It’s true. It’s me, JJ Watt. [ Laughter ] No, the truth is, my
name is indeed Jason Gay, and I am indeed a
sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal — which is kind of
like being the money and investing columnist
for ESPN. [ Laughter ] You know, when I was first asked to deliver the winter
Commencement speech to the class of 2019 at the University
of Wisconsin–Madison, I had the exact same
reaction that you had. Why? [ Laughter ] I mean, there must have
been a terrible mistake. There was a giant mix-up. I assume they sent the
invitation to the wrong person. I mean Chancellor
Blank, she’s very busy. She was probably
typing an email — she meant to type in JJ Watt’s
again and she got my name. She typed in Jason and eight
weeks later, here we are. But I won’t lie: everybody
up here has been very cool about covering up
for the mistake and pretending they
actually meant to do this. You’ve all been extremely
kind and I’m grateful. But make no mistake, some
people are definitely going to get fired for this. I mean. Come on. A Wall Street Journal columnist? You know, if there’s one
thing I remember from my time in Madison, it was how
first thing in the morning, after a long night on State
Street, my friends and I used to love to roll out
of bed and curl up with a nice warm broadsheet
copy of the Wall Street Journal. [ Laughter ] My friends, there are
graduates of this school who have won Nobel Prizes,
Oscars, and Super Bowls! JJ Watt, he raised $40 million
for needy people in Houston. Me? [ Applause ] That’s right, $40 million. [ Applause ] And me? I ate 27 griddle cakes at Mickey’s Dairy
Bar this morning. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] It’s true. I’m just some guy who
writes about sports in a daily financial newspaper
which might be read by some of your parents and grandparents
and great-grandparents and great-great-great
grandparents and occasionally uses
that column to make fun of those deadbeats at the
University of Michigan. It’s true. I believe wolverines
are weasels. [ Laughter ] Technically, Badgers are
related to weasels, too. But we are considerably
cuter and smarter. And we win more football games. [ Applause ] I actually thought for a
moment that some people from Ann Arbor might show up
here and protest my speech. I thought, that would
be really, really cool. And then I remembered: Michigan
never shows up in Wisconsin. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] It’s true. It’s true. You know, at “The
Wall Street Journal,” I’m surrounded by Wolverines. I got Wolverines to my
right, Wolverines to my left. I do my best to avoid them. But every once in a while, I’ll
run into them in the office, pushing very hard on
a door that says pull. [ Laughter ] Anyway, enough about Michigan. Let’s do a proper
welcome, like they told me in the instruction manual. Congratulations to you
all, the University of Wisconsin–Madison
class of 2019! [ Applause ] Congratulations to you, to your
parents, to your grandparents, to your great-grandparents,
to your siblings, your kiddos if you got
’em, to your professors, your assistant professors,
your TAs, your friends, your significant others,
your exes, your enemies, your landlords, your
baristas, your bartenders, your freshman year roommate
who clipped their nails in the middle of the night. And to the person who woke you
up in your seat 30 seconds ago and said, “Look at the guy
onstage with the funny hair.” Congratulations on
a mission well done. Today is a true life
milestone for you and for me. And to think: if you all had
just waited a little later to graduate, we could
all be outside in the nice springtime weather. But I love it. You know, this feels like
proper Wisconsin weather today. My children — my children
are with me here today. They’re up there watching
“Toy Story 3” on an iPad. [ Laughter ] They’ve never been
to Wisconsin before. And yesterday we had a real
authentic Badger experience. I took my children outside,
we were right by the lake. It was windy and I
showed them Lake Mendota, and the wind was
blowing in their faces. And I said, “Well,
kids, here it is, one of daddy’s favorite
places on earth. Madison, Wisconsin!” And they looked for
one and a half seconds and then we sprinted
as fast as we could into the nearest warm building. [ Laughter ] But I envy you. I miss this place. My time in Madison, like yours, was some of the most fun
I ever had in my life. You know, honestly,
if I regret anything, it’s graduating in four years. What was I thinking? I could have at least
stretched it out to six! Maybe seven. If I hadn’t finished
that last term paper, I could STILL be here. [ Laughter ] Back when I was at Wisconsin,
it was quite common for students to take a long time to graduate. But I heard something the
other day, from someone in the administration,
that was quite troubling. The average Wisconsin
student now graduates in less than four years. Modern Badgers, I
hate to say this, but you are doing
it entirely wrong. What is your hurry? I say stay in Madison
as long as possible. Have you been out there
in the real world? Have you seen what
it’s like out there? Do you watch the cable news? Life does not get
better than this. It may get warmer, but it
does not get any better. I went to school
here in the 1990s. The early 90s. These were simpler,
primitive times. Back then, Wisconsin was a
sovereign-rule glacial moraine occupied primarily by
woodchucks and kids from the Chicago suburbs. [ Laughter ] There were only two
buildings on campus. Humanities and State
Street Brats. [ Laughter ] The rest of the city? Cow pasture. [ Laughter ] I mean, students back then, we didn’t have social
media or smart phones. We didn’t even have
the internet. I actually have no idea
how we spent our time. We communicated by something
called a telephone — a crude device, usually
affixed to a wall, through which human beings
talked to each other, verbally without using emojis. We listened to Cypress
Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, the Grateful Dead and a
new band named Nirvana. We wore a lot of
terrible baggy clothes. We survived mostly on bratwurst
and Babcock’s ice cream. And we never, ever won
any sporting events. It was like going to
school at Northwestern. [ Laughter ] These were different
time, different times. My old college roommate
is here today. We used to live around the
corner on West Mifflin Street. And if you think it’s
bizarre to see me up here giving a commencement
speech, imagine how he feels! [ Laughter ] I still owe him rent money. [ Laughter ] Somehow we made it through. We survived and made it to
the end just like you today. What a fantastic class this is. So young, so motivated,
so much smarter than me. There are Badgers today
graduating from more than two dozen different
countries. Faraway places like Australia,
Kenya, Denmark, Stevens Point. [ Laughter ] Iraq, Venezuela, Eau Claire,
Poland, Finland, Sheboygan. [ Laughter ] Ghana, Iceland, Appleton,
Zimbabwe, Oshkosh, Uganda, the Syrian Arab Republic,
Fond du Lac, Peru, Waukesha, Oman and of course, the proud
independent Arctic nation of Green Bay. [ Laughter ] My congratulations
to all of you. You are Badgers for life. It is honestly the
best thing to be. I mean, look at Chancellor
Blank. She went to the University
of Minnesota. [ Laughter ] And then she got another degree from a two-month online
internet college called MIT. [ Laughter ] Then she worked at Princeton, which is another
online internet college, and then Northwestern
and Michigan. She basically spent her entire
career behind enemy lines. But now she’s a Badger. And she’s a Badger for life. You know, Chancellor Blank, she
recently went for her physical and her Doctor fold her
her bloodstream is now 70% cheese curds. [ Laughter ] Which, as we all know,
is quite healthy. And the statewide average. That’s what Wisconsin
does to you. And today? Today is a special day. You’re about go out into
this wide, wide world, with only one firm obligation. And you know what it is. You can’t move back into
your parent’s house. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] I mean, come on. Your parents? This college journey of yours
began with big aspirations. Maybe you were the first
person in your family to ever go to college. Maybe you’d become
a neurosurgeon. Or an astronaut. Or a lawyer. Or a movie director. Or best of all, maybe you’d
become a brand influencer on Instagram or TikTok. [ Laughter ] Now all your parents
want is for you to not move back into the house. Even if they say they want you
to move back into the house, even if your mom says
“It would be kind of nice to have my baby back
into the house again.” Your mom is lying. [ Laughter ] She does not really mean that. Mom and Dad have moved on. [ Laughter ] They’ve taken your childhood
bedroom and turned it into a lounge with a pool table,
a trampoline, and a Tiki bar. [ Laughter ] OK. That’s not true. I’ll level up. Here’s the truth: your Mom
and Dad are growing marijuana in your childhood bedroom. [ Laughter ] Come on! It’s basically
legal now. It’s a multibillion-dollar
business and it’s only going
to get bigger. Just trust me. Your parents don’t want
you back in the house. Still, it might happen. It might. I know this, because
I moved back into the house. [ Laughter ] Oh, boy, was that fun. Graduating from college,
where I had my own apartment, full autonomy over my life. Coming home, waking up
in the morning and going into the kitchen where I
grew up, and being greeted by the death stares
of my mom and dad. Dad would be there in his Oxford
and khakis ready for work; mom would be halfway
out the door to her job. And I would be standing
there, shirtless, in my Bucky Badger pajama
bottoms, waiting for them to leave so I could
go back to bed. [ Laughter ] Somehow, I got out of there. And you will, too. And if I can impart one
bit of wisdom as you go out into the great
big world, it’s this. Are you ready? This is the big reveal. Nobody, nobody out there really
knows what they’re doing. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] I know! I know! This is not the kind of thing
that somebody is supposed to admit in a college
Commencement speech. I am supposed to be up here
delivering sage life lessons and pearls of hard-earned
insight. But I promise you:
this is insight. This is quite sage! It really is a great
secret of life that we’re often
sadly too embarrassed and too self-conscious to admit. Nobody out there has it
all completely figured out. Everyone is scrambling in
their own way, every day. Don’t believe those
charlatans out there who are writing self-help books. There’s a whole industry
of know-it-alls, nonsense. Ignore it. People who claim that they
have life all figured out, they have it figured
out less than anyone. I mean, even your parents. You parents, I mean,
they’re battling too. Your parents, they seemed
so smart and so together. You know they could pay for
dinner and fold laundry. But trust me, they’re making
this up as they go along, too. And this is good. This is truthful and honest. It is healthy and human. It’s incredibly important to
acknowledge our vulnerabilities, our frailties, and our
imperfections in all the times that we’re struggling. There’s zero shame
in that, to struggle, to occasionally get it wrong. I mean, I am a sports columnist. I get it wrong somewhere between
300 and 450 times a week. My life is constantly humbling. I was thinking about this, as I
sat down to write this speech — 45 minutes ago at
Helen C. white. [ Laughter ] And you know, 11 years ago,
to this day, I was laid off, like so many were
at the recession at the end this decade. I was handed that
sad cardboard box and told to back up my stuff. It was barely a week
before Christmas. And I remember going home to
my tiny New York apartment to my future wife Bessee,
who is also here today, also watching “Toy
Story 3” on an iPad. [ Laughter ] But back then, she
was sitting there, in our tiny New York apartment,
and as tears began to well in my eyes, I said,
“Honey, I don’t know how, but exactly 11 years from now, I am going to give the
winter commencement address to the class of 2019
at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.” [ Applause ] “Also honey, I don’t
know how I know this, but Donald Trump
will be president and there will be a TV
show with a Baby Yoda.” [ Laughter ] I didn’t say those things. I don’t remember what I said. But I remember how I felt. I remember thinking,
this is really humbling but it’s also strangely
exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want
to relive any of that again. And I think it’s important,
as you go out there, to do the homework, to prepare, to take the serious
stuff seriously. But I always think at
all times it’s useful to carry a little
humility with you. To recognize that we
are not always fully in control of our own stories. How it’s often moments of chaos
and luck and strange bends in the university that
conspire to teach us and push us and challenge us, and bring
us to thrilling events like this ceremony today. A quick story. Not long ago, a minister in California named Lydia Sohn
interviewed a bunch of people between the ages of 90 and 96. These were really old people. These people remembered the
first time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. And she interviewed
them about happiness. And there’s a belief that human
happiness happens on a curve. People are said to be happiest
when they’re very, very young, and don’t have a
care in the world — like my kids up there
who are now watching “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
on the iPad. And then, on the other
side of the curve, people are supposedly happiest
again when they are later in life, when they are
older, retired and liberated to enjoy the little things, like spending their
grandchildren’s college fund on a condo in Fort Lauderdale. [ Laughter ] And in the middle of the curve,
which is the part that I’m in, and the part you are
about to go into, this is supposedly the
hard part, the tough part. This is when people
go out into the world. They get jobs, have
kids, their crises. Relationships happen;
relationships fall apart. Perfectly good adults
start walking around in public in sweat pants. This should be the hardest,
part, the unhappy part. It makes sense, doesn’t it? But these 90 to 96-year-olds,
they told Reverend Sohn — they told her something
different. They said they were happiest
in the harsh middle part, when their lives were the
craziest and messiest. When all their kids were still
in the house, and tracking mud through the living room, and setting small
fires in the backyard. They were happiest when they
were trying to balance all of it — work and
family and figuring out how to pay for things. These people were
approaching 100 years old and they told her
they were happiest when their lives were
the most chaotic. I think that’s remarkable
wisdom. My friends, you’re about to step
out into this beautiful chaos. You’re probably going to
have a job or two or 12 that you don’t really like. You’re going to have good
bosses and bad bosses and many, many mediocre bosses. You’re going to worry
about money. You’re going to freak out
about where you should live. You’re going get your
heartbroken a few times, both professionally
and personally. And, I hate to say it, but
at least one night per year, you’ll sit in your bedroom and he eat an entire cheese
pizza all by yourself. [ Laughter ] Maybe that was last night. [ Laughter ] But please, as you go
out there, remember this. Nobody is a life expert. Nobody has it all figured out. Everyone is making this
up as they go along. At least partly. So embrace that uncertainty
and chaos. Be kind and civil to
your fellow human beings, even on the internet. Call your Mom and Dad on the
phone every now and again. Text messages don’t count. And do me a favor,
read a newspaper. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] Newspapers are still really good
for you, just like cheese curds. My sincere congratulations
to every one of you. You have my gratitude and
my awestruck admiration. Promise me that when walk out
these doors into that wonderful, life-affirming Wisconsin
cold, you’ll change the world. And then you’ll sprint back
into the nearest building, and warm yourselves
up back again. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Chancellor Blank: Thank
you, Jason, for those remarks. At this time, we will
now confer our Doctoral and Professional
degree candidates. I call upon William Karpus,
Dean of the Graduate School.>>Dean Karpus: Candidates
for the degrees Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor
of Musical Arts, and Master of Fine
Arts will please rise. Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor: Dean Karpus.>>Dean Karpus: These scholars
have devoted significant time to graduate study and research. In addition, they have defended
theses or presented exhibitions that have been accepted
by faculty committees as substantial contributions
signifying scholarly or professional achievement
in their respective fields. They are presented for the
highest academic recognition in their fields given
by the university. The degree Doctor of Philosophy,
Doctor of Musical Arts or Master of Fine Arts.>>Chancellor Blank: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the Graduate School and
under the authority granted by the Board of Regents of the
University of Wisconsin System, you will receive the
degree Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts,
or Master of Fine Arts. In testimony thereof, you
will receive your diplomas. Candidates please be seated. [ Applause ] I now call upon Robert
Golden, Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health.>>Dean Golden: Candidates for
the degrees Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Genetic
Counselor Studies, Master of Physician
Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health
will please rise. Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank:
Dean Golden.>>Dean Golden: These scholars
have successfully completed the requirements of the courses
of study in medicine, physical therapy,
medical genetics, physician assistant
studies, or public health. Upon the recommendation of
the faculty of the School of Medicine and Public Health, I present these candidates
for degrees.>>Chancellor Blank: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the School of
Medicine and Public Health and under the authority
granted by the University of Wisconsin System
Board of Regents, I confer upon you the
degree Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Genetic
Counselling Studies, Master of Physician
Assistant Studies, or Master of Public Health. In testimony thereof, you and your colleagues will
receive your degrees. Please be seated. [ Applause ] I now call upon Margaret
Raymond, Dean of the Law School.>>Dean Raymond: Candidates
for the degrees Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Laws Legal Institutions
will please rise. Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor: Dean Raymond.>>Dean Raymond: These scholars
have successfully completed the requirements of the
courses in law. Upon the recommendation of
the faculty of the Law School, I present these candidates
for degrees.>>Chancellor Blank: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the Law School and under the
authority granted by the Board of Regents of the University
of Wisconsin System, you will receive the degree
Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, or Master of Laws
Legal Institutions. In testimony thereof, you
will receive your diplomas. Candidates please be seated. [ Applause ] I now call upon Linda Scott,
Dean of the School of Nursing.>>Dean Scott: Candidates
for the degree Doctor of Nursing Practice
will please rise. Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank: Dean Scott.>>Dean Scot: These scholars
have successfully completed the requirements of the
courses in Nursing. Upon the recommendation of
the faculty of the School of Nursing, I present these
candidates for degrees.>>Chancellor Blank: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the School of Nursing and
under the authority granted by the Board of Regents of the
University of Wisconsin System, you will receive the degree
Doctor of Nursing Practice. In testimony thereof, you
will receive your diplomas. Please be seated. [ Applause ] Candidates please remain seated
until the marshals instruct you to proceed to the platform. [ Music ] [ Music ]>>Doctor of Philosophy,
Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Fine Arts. [ Music ] [ Reading Graduate Names ] School of nursing. [ Reading Graduate Names ] School of law [ Reading Graduate Names ]>>Chancellor Blank: I again
call on William Karpus, Dean of the Graduate School who will present the
candidates for master’s degrees.>>Dean Karpus: Candidates for the following master’s
degrees will please rise. Master of Accountancy. Master of Arts. Master of Business
Administration. Master of Engineering. Master of International
Public Affairs. Master of Music. Master of Professional
French Studies. Master of Public Affairs. Master of Science. And Master of Social Work. [ Applause ] Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank:
Dean Karpus.>>Dean Karpus: On
the recommendation of the graduate faculty,
I present these candidates for the master’s degree in
their respective fields.>>Chancellor Blank: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the Graduate School and
under the authority granted by the Board of Regents of the
University of Wisconsin System, you will be admitted to the
appropriate master’s degree and in testimony thereof, you
will receive your diploma. Candidates please be seated
until the marshals instruct you to proceed to the platform. [ Music ] [ Reading Graduate Names ] [ Music ]>>Provost: It is
my great pleasure to introduce Director
Scott Teeple and members of the university’s Mead
Witter School of Music band who will play our musical
selection this morning, ‘Songs to Thee Wisconsin, arranged by Professor
Michael Leckrone. [ BAND PLAYING ‘SONGS
TO THEE WISCONSIN’ ] [ Applause ] Thank you, Director
Teeple and band members, for your special contribution
to our program today. It’s now my pleasure to
introduce our student speaker, Lisa Kamal, who will
offer remarks on behalf of the graduating class. Raised in Malaysia,
Lisa had never been to Wisconsin before arriving
to UW-Madison as a freshman. Yet few students have embraced
what we call the Wisconsin Experience as fully as Lisa. She threw herself not
only into her studies, but also got involved with many
other enriching opportunities we offer here both in and
outside the classroom. A geology major, Lisa
earned numerous honors for her academic work, including
a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the
university’s top research grant. The Geological Society of
America saw Lisa’s potential, too, presenting her with
its “On to the Future” Award for underrepresented
students in geosciences. Outside of her major, Lisa
has explored her creative side through performing arts,
especially dance classes. And like so many of you, she is leaving campus
better than she found it. Through her work with the
Malaysian Students Association, she helped bring back and
invigorate Malaysian Night, an annual cultural celebration. She participated herself
in the productions, singing, dancing and acting. After commencement, Lisa will
be returning to Malaysia to work for an oil and gas corporation
owned by the government. I am pleased to invite Lisa
to offer remarks on behalf of the graduating class. [ Applause ]>>Lisa Kamal: Thank
you, Provost Scholz, for that kind introduction. Thank you, Chancellor
Blank, senior class officers for this incredible honor. [Singing] Raise a glass to
freedom, raise a glass to all of us, telling the
story of today. [ Applause ] In my junior year of
college, Listening to the “Hamilton” sound track
became my coping mechanism that would get me
through the day. In case you don’t know
the musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it
tells the story of an orphan and immigrant who became one of
the Founding Fathers of America. After listening to the album,
I dove into the fandom, memorized all of the songs
while walking to class, and waiting for the bus,
and before I went to sleep. I came here on a scholarship,
a long way from my home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This opportunity to be here,
at the prestigious University of Wisconsin–Madison,
did not come easy or cost little, for any of us. My hopeful freshman
self had started out college with big dreams. I wanted to make the most
of my time here because just like Hamilton, there’s a
million things I haven’t done. In the beginning, the
unknown was exciting. Remember those days? I could justify struggling in
Calculus, or chemistry, because, I was only a freshman. And I thought, by the
time I am a senior, I’ll be a pro at everything. But as students, we
juggle a lot on our plates. We juggle our studies,
relationships with friends and family, and in my case,
most of them were abroad, separated by a 14-hour
time difference. Most importantly, we
work towards the promise of a great future for ourselves. While I was carrying the
expectations of many, the heaviest ones were my own. When I didn’t meet them, the person I disappointed
the most was myself. My second year in college, I
suffered burnout to the point of losing motivation
to finish this degree. I’d overwhelmed myself
past my breaking point. I kept chasing things that
would look good on my resume, but I stopped feeling passion
for anything I did or learned. And the truth was, all I wanted
to do was sleep all the time. I was so desperate to find
the spark of enthusiasm, the same one we all overflowed
with at the beginning, only to feel so helpless. But friends, look at where you
are, look at where you started. You made it here
to the last act. You did it day after day. You made the choice to rise up
and give yourself another chance to start over every
single morning. And for me, I sang like my
life was a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. And believe me, you did
not throw away your shot. Because, if you graduated
having completed most of your course work, from the
comfort of your own bed staring into your laptop, you made it. I see you. If you graduated having
spent all hours of the day in the library or evenings
in coffee shops, you made it. I see you. Or, if you are anywhere
in between, you made it. I see you. There’s everyday human
experiences that give weight and substance to the certificate
you are about to receive. Every sacrifice, every bit
of energy that you dragged out of you every morning,
even if all you managed to do was scratch the bare
minimum, you are here today, you are graduating today,
and I am proud of you. I am immensely proud of you! Now at the end, I look back and
keep thanking God, teachers, and mentors, mental
health counselors at the University
Health Services. My family and friend who helped
carry me through till today. I thank Lin-Manuel Miranda
for writing his songs, and helping me finish
my Nina story, and for reimagining
diverse representations on the Broadway stage. Madison, I’ll miss your
winters, your sunsets, your super frozen lakes. But I look forward to the
future that the University of Wisconsin has
prepared me for. I love this school
with all my heart. My fellow graduates, as you
proudly leave this campus, remember the dark moments that
shaped us from the ground up, the good times that
we are grateful for, and the person we
became because of it. [Singing] We’re going to
teach them how say goodbye, stay goodbye, one last time. Congratulations, Badgers. [ Applause ]>>Provost: Thank you, Lisa,
for your Wonderful remarks. Friends, from the moment you
enrolled at this university, you’ve been Badgers,
but in a moment, you will move your
tassel and graduate. You’ll become part of an
illustrious group of UW alumni. When you leave the Kohl Center
and move away from campus, the Wisconsin Alumni Association
will serve as a bridge to connect you to
classmates and friends. It’s a lifetime link
to your alma mater. As you head on to the
next chapter of your life, your alumni association
will remind you that a piece of you remains in Madison. So please turn to the video
screens and take a minute to consider all that you’ve done
over these last four-ish years. Welcome to alumnihood. [ Music ] [ Applause ] At this point in our program, I’m pleased to acknowledge those
bachelor’s degree candidates who have distinguished
themselves scholastically by ranking in the top 20%
of their school or college or by participating
in the honors program. These graduates are attired
with honors stoles — solid cardinal red, or
white with red chevrons. I would like these
distinguished graduates to stand and ask everybody to join me in
recognizing their achievements. [ Applause ] I think Jason Gay would like to
join you after the celebration to figure out how you did it. [ Laughter ]>>Chancellor Blank:
I’ve got a problem here. I seem to have lost
my — All right. Let’s put that back
where it belongs. Otherwise my mic will go off. All right. Costume adjustment over. At this time, we will confer the
bachelor’s degree candidates. And let me call about Kathryn
Vandenbosch, Dean of the College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences. [ Applause ]>>Dean VandenBosch: Candidates
for bachelor’s degrees in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
will please rise. [ Applause ] Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank:
Dean VandenBosch.>>Dean VandenBosch: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, I present these candidates
for the following degrees. Bachelor of Science. Bachelor of Science-Agricultural
Business Management. Bachelor of Science-Biological
Systems Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Nutrition
and Dietetics. Bachelor of Science-Landscape
Architecture. Candidates will remain standing.>>Chancellor Blank: I now
call upon Vallabh Sambamurthy, Dean of the School of Business.>>Dean Sambamurthy: Candidates
for bachelor’s degrees in the School of
Business will please rise. [ Applause ] Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor: Dean Sambamurthy.>>Dean Sambamurthy: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the School of Business,
I present these candidates for the degree Bachelor of
Business Administration. Candidates will please
remain standing.>>Chancellor: I now call upon
Julie Mead, associate dean of the School of Education.>>Associate Dean Julie Mead: Candidates for bachelor’s
degrees in the School of Education will please rise. [ Applause ] Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank:
Associate Dean Mead>>Associate Dean Mead: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the School of Education,
I present these candidates for the following degrees. Bachelor of Fine Arts. Bachelor of Science-Art. Bachelor of Science-Art
Education. Bachelor of Science-Athletic
Training. Bachelor of Science-Dance. Bachelor of Science-Education. Bachelor of Science-Education
Studies. Bachelor of Science-Health
Promotion and Health Equity. Bachelor of Science-Kinesiology. Bachelor of Science-Physical
Education. Bachelor of Science-Rehabilitation
Psychology. Bachelor of Science-Theatre
and Drama. Candidates will please
remain standing.>>Chancellor Blank: I now
call upon Ian Robertson, Dean of the College
of Engineering. [ Applause ]>>Dean Robertson: Candidates
for bachelor’s degrees in the College of
Engineering will please rise. [ Applause ] Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank:
Dean Robertson.>>Dean Robertson: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the College of Engineering,
I present these candidates for the following degrees. Bachelor of Naval Science. Bachelor of Science-Biomedical
Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Chemical
Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Civil
Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Computer
Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Electrical
Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Engineering
Mechanics. Bachelor of Science-Engineering
Physics. Bachelor of Science-Geological
Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Industrial
Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Materials
Science and Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Mechanical
Engineering. Bachelor of Science-Nuclear
Engineering. Candidates will please
remain standing.>>Chancellor Blank: I
now call upon Soyeon Shim, Dean of the School
of Human Ecology.>>Dean Shim: Candidates for
bachelor’s degrees in the School of Human Ecology
will please rise. [ Applause ] Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank: Dean Shim.>>Dean: On the recommendation
of the faculty of the School of Human Ecology, I
present these candidates for the following degrees. Bachelor of Science-Community
and Nonprofit Leadership. Bachelor of Science-Human
Development and Family Studies. Bachelor of Science-Human. Bachelor of Science-Interior
Architecture. Bachelor of Science-Personal
Finance. Bachelor of Science-Retailing
and Consumer Behavior. Bachelor of Science-Textiles
& Fashion Design. Candidates will please
remain standing.>>Chancellor Blank: I now call
upon Eric Wilcots, Interim Dean of the College of
Letters and Science.>>Dean Wilcots:
Chancellor Blank>>Chancellor Blank:
Dean Wilcots.>>Dean Wilcots: Candidates
for bachelor’s degrees in the College of Letters
and Science will please rise. [ Applause ] Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank:
Dean Wilcots.>>Dean Wilcots: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the College of
Letters and Science, I present these candidates
for the following degrees. Bachelor of Arts. Bachelor of Arts-Journalism. Bachelor of Landscape
Architecture. Bachelor of Music. Bachelor of Science. Bachelor of Science-Applied
Mathematics, Engineering and Physics. Bachelor of Science-Journalism. Bachelor of Social Work. Candidates will please
remain standing.>>Chancellor Blank: I
now call upon Linda Scott, Dean of the School of Nursing.>>Dean Scott: Candidates for
bachelor’s degrees in the School of Nursing will please rise. [ Applause ] Chancellor Blank.>>Chancellor Blank: Dean Scott.>>Dean Scott: On the
recommendation of the faculty of the School of Nursing,
I present these candidates for the degree Bachelor
of Science-Nursing. Candidates will please
remain standing.>>Chancellor Blank: On the
recommendation of the faculty and under the authority
granted by the University of Wisconsin System
Board of Regents, you will all be admitted to the
bachelor’s degree appropriate to the courses you
have completed. In testimony thereof, you
will receive your diplomas. Class of 2019, the moment has
arrived when you transition from students to alumni. Tradition dictates that
before degree conferral, candidates will wear
their tassel on the right side
of the mortarboard. After commencement, to symbolize
your new status as graduates, your tassel moves to the left. This is the time. Graduates, move your tassels. [ Applause ] Candidates will please be seated
until the marshals instruct you to proceed to the platform. [ Band playing processional
music ] College of Letters and Science. [ Reading Graduate Names ] School of nursing. [ Reading Graduate Names ] College of engineering. [ Reading Graduate Names ] School of education. [ Reading Graduate Names ] School of business. [ Reading Graduate Names ] College of agricultural
and life sciences. [ Reading Graduate Names ] [ Applause ] [ Music ]>>Chancellor Blank: One
more round of applause for all of our graduates. [ Applause ] Congratulations to
all the graduates. Thank you to the family members
and friends whose support and encouragement helped
make today possible. Best wishes to all of
you and On Wisconsin. [ Applause ] To conclude our celebration
today, please join the university’s
Mead Witter School of Music band in the singing of our
alma mater, ‘Varsity.’ Everyone up. [ Music ]>>[All singing] Varsity! Varsity! U rah rah! Wisconsin! Praise to thee we sing. Praise to thee our
Alma Mater U rah rah! Wisconsin! [ Applause ] [ Band playing recessional ]

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  1. Congrats Lisa, u made us all proud

  2. Congrats Lisa..well said!

  3. congrats lisa kamal…

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