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Celebrating the Class of 2021

Welcome to the DDEEA's Graduation Recognition, a digital celebration of the accomplishments of the Class of 2021.

To our graduating scholars: May the joy of college graduation be the defining memory of this challenging year — you did it! We're so proud of you and everything you've accomplished on your journey to becoming a UW–Madison graduate. We're going to miss you, but we also can't wait to see what you do next!

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The DDEEA Class of 2021

350 Graduating Seniors

107 Center for Educational Opportunity Scholars
6 First Wave Scholars
124 Mercile J. Lee Scholars
9 McNair Scholars
77 PEOPLE Scholars
32 Posse Scholars

Note: Some graduates were enrolled in multiple programs.

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Graduation Program

This commemorative program celebrates our 2021 graduates, listing their names and degrees by program. You may download the program to save or print.

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#UWGrad Scholars Reflections

Kingsley-Reigne Pissang

PEOPLE scholar Kingsley-Reigne Pissang is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Afro-American Studies from the College of Letters & Science.

Pissang has served as president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority student chapter and the Wisconsin Black Student Union, co-chaired UW’s Black History Month committee, and contributed frequently to The Black Voice. Originally from Detroit, Pissang is a co-founder and the current president of the Student Inclusion Coalition.

Claire Embil

First Wave 11th co scholar Claire Embil is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English & Religious Studies from the College of Letters & Science, with a Certificate in Art Studio.

After graduation, Embil will intern with the Passion Collective on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta, where she will design and complete a project that binds the intersections of faith and justice.

Shehrose Charania

Posse Chicago 16 scholar Shehrose Charania is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Health Equity from the School of Education, with certificates in Global Health & Public Policy.

Charania combines her identity as a Pakistani Muslim American woman and her passion for health promotion to combat health inequities. Her efforts led UW to name her its 2020 Newman Civic Fellow.

Dalila Ricci

Mercile J. Lee Scholars senior Dalila Ricci is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering.

Originally from New Jersey, Ricci works to amplify and support the voices of women of color in STEM. Her leadership led to an Erroll B. Davis Jr. Academic Achievement Award last fall, given by UW System to graduating seniors.

Watch: First Wave Scholar Isha Camara Graduation Speech

Isha Camara is a poet, performer visual and make-up artist from Minneapolis and a First Wave scholar graduating with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. Isha has been both the president and competing member of the UpRise Poetry Collective, and graphic design intern for the Multicultural Student Center, Gender and Sexuality Campus Center as well as the Wisconsin Black Student Union. Find more about Isha at