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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Welcome to the DDEEA’s Graduation Recognition 2020, a digital celebration of the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. Please accept these air hugs, recorded memories, photos and online honors until we can gather in person.

To our Graduating Scholars: May the joy of college graduation be the defining memory of this challenging year — you did it! But before you go out to contribute to a world that needs your talents, intelligence and creative compassion, it’s time to reflect on the journey and embrace your achievement.

The DDEEA Class of 2020

337 Graduating Seniors

103 Center for Educational Opportunity Scholars
60 Chancellor’s Scholars
17 First Wave Scholars
11 McNair Scholars
74 PEOPLE Scholars
50 Powers-Knapp Scholars
34 Posse Scholars

Note: Some graduates were enrolled in multiple programs.

You did it!

A message from Deputy Vice Chancellor Patrick Sims

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Graduation Program

This commemorative program celebrates our 2020 graduates, listing their names by program, and includes many photos of our students.

You can download the program to save or print, or view it as an e-book complete with student speaker videos.

View the Program

Download as an E-Book

Hear From Our Class Speakers

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Center for Educational Opportunity student speaker Michelle Ubah

Chancellor's Scholars student speaker Kenneth Fiala

First Wave student speaker Penda Smith

McNair Scholars student speaker Mikayla Buford

PEOPLE student speaker Samad Qawi

Posse student speaker Shiloah Coley

Powers-Knapp student speaker Ashley Higgins


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Jeri Bryant Jeri Bryant from Madison wrote on May 11, 2020 at 2:12 pm:
Once again, I am truly impressed at the way a graduating class has changed UW-Madison for the better. I am proud that I have had the opportunity to engage with so many of you and learn from you. You are going in to a very different world and I am excited to see how your contributions will shape it for the better. I am thankful for your contributions to my efforts to see STEM students graduate ready for the workforce and confident in their abilities to thrive. Congratulations grads!
Rachelle Eilers Rachelle Eilers from Middleton wrote on May 8, 2020 at 7:40 pm:
Wow... crying over here! So so proud of all the graduates. You worked tremendously hard and YOU DID IT! I’m so blessed to be able to have worked with some of the best of you! Your impact will forever live in my heart. Thank you for making an impact on me and UW forever. Con muchisimo amor ❤❤
Jamila Siddiqui Jamila Siddiqui from Madison, WI wrote on May 8, 2020 at 6:42 pm:
Yeah!!!!!! So proud of all of you! I know we'd normally be dancing it up, just know I'm dancing for you all in my home right now. High fives and best wishes to you all!
Amihan Huesmann Amihan Huesmann from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 5:13 pm:
Seeing you all gives me hope. You have accomplished so much, and you're going to go on to accomplish much more. UW chose you, and you belong at UW. So many folx who passed through the Physics Learning Center so I won't name everyone, but I'm especially proud of Penda Smith from First Wave. You are going to do it!
Stephanie Woodson Stephanie Woodson wrote on May 8, 2020 at 5:05 pm:
I am so honored to have endured the past 4 years with you all! You are AMAZING people and are currently/and will continue to do AMAZING things! Congratulations to everyone and special shout out to PEOPLE 2016 Cohort and McNair Graduating Scholars! I love you all!!!
Heidi Hakseth Heidi Hakseth from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 4:06 pm:
Congratulations DDEEA Class of 2020! You persevered, you overcame, you graduated. Be proud of all you've achieved. YOU make us proud to work in the DDEEA. On Wisconsin!
Patrick Sims Patrick Sims from Madison, WI wrote on May 8, 2020 at 4:03 pm:
Hey DDEEA Graduates. You all are absolutely amazing! I can't say enough good things about and how you all have come together to celebrate each other. Can't wait to see you b back for homecoming and all of the other alumni type things that you will now get a chance to participate and show your Badger Pride. Much love you to all! In community! Patrick
Miriah Albouras Miriah Albouras from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 3:22 pm:
YOU BELONG! YOU ARE UW! Congratulations to all DDEEA Scholars, graduates and special shout out to PEOPLE Scholars! 😄 You all are so amazing and inspiring to others, you are meant for great things and we are thinking of you on your special graduation day. On Wisconsin! 👌👏
Sue Carlson Sue Carlson from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 2:40 pm:
Congratulations to all of the spring 2020 graduates. In particular, I would like to recognize the accomplishments of the masters and doctoral graduates from the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics. Well done, everyone!
Lori Reesor Lori Reesor from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs wrote on May 8, 2020 at 2:38 pm:
CONGRATS to the Class of 2020! Your speeches were wonderful and a highlight of my day. I wish we could have celebrated together in person. You made UW-Madison a better place and I am confident you will make our world a better place. We need brave leaders like you. Thank you for sharing your gifts and being you!! On, Wisconsin!
Maj Fischer Maj Fischer from UW-Madison International Division wrote on May 8, 2020 at 2:11 pm:
Congratulations Class of 2020! The best half hour of my week was listening to your class speakers; thank you all for your inspiring words, but more so for your inspiring work throughout your time on (and off!) campus. Special shout-outs to Shiloah and others like her who participated in international learning experience to further broaden their worldview. Thank you for including international education in your degree experiences. All the best.
Larry Nesper Larry Nesper from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 2:06 pm:
Congratulations on completing your course of study and achieving all you have at UW-Madison. Be confident that you leave here well-prepared to face the great uncertainty that is before us. All the best to you in the days to come.
Wren Singer Wren Singer from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm:
Congratulations on a historic achievement. You did it! Our future is bright with you as our next leaders.
Gail Ford Gail Ford from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 1:56 pm:
👏Congratulations to the class of 2020 DDEEA Scholars! We are so proud of your perseverance and your achievements! Extra sauce and love to our PEOPLE College Scholar Graduates! ❤
Becky Ryan Becky Ryan from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 1:56 pm:
BIG Congrats to Environmental Studies students! Hope Peterson Rashad Lavigae Tiam Watt Esmeralda Tovar Alberto Kanost Ashley Doebereiner Joshua Graham Martin Calderon Kevin Crosby Yeline Del Carmen Austin Gladden Olivia Aviles Mari Kielczewski Adriana Salse AND Jeremy Sanford Best wishes to you all!
Jonathan Gramling Jonathan Gramling from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm:
We are so proud of you. They say what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. Y'all are one of the strongest classes to ever graduate from UW-Madison. Go forth and do the great things you are destined to do!
Amanda Walsh Amanda Walsh wrote on May 8, 2020 at 1:52 pm:
Big congratulations to all the DDEEA graduates! Your perseverance through this semester speaks to your strength and talents, and I know each of you will go on to leave your mark on the world, making it a better place for your being in it. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!
Betsy Wood Betsy Wood from Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 1:44 pm:
A warm congratulations to all of you. Your presence on campus has enriched the experience of faculty, staff, and your fellow students. Your accomplishments set the bar high for those who are yet to arrive, and I know I will one day see your name in lights, on a marquee, cited in a research paper, on a viral Ted Talk or in a press release accepting a global award. We still here will say Ha! I knew it! Special shout out from Biological Systems Engineering to our Posse Scholars; Devonte Foley and Sarah Neufcourt. I can't wait to see where your wings will take you. On Wisconsin!
Michael Maguire Michael Maguire from [UW-Madison, CNPL] - Madison wrote on May 8, 2020 at 1:43 pm:
Congrats! … Kalina, Abby, Paige, Camille, Damon and Patong. As DDEEA Graduating Scholars in the Class of 2020, you are the pride of our Community & Nonprofit Leadership program, too! I’ll miss you [and … didn’t I tell you that you will graduate?! 😊].
Danielle Croegaert Danielle Croegaert from School of Human Ecology wrote on May 8, 2020 at 1:42 pm:
Congratulations, scholars, and congratulations on your graduation! Thank you for being strong contributors to our campus community- you are ready to make an amazing impact on the world around you! On Wisconsin!

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