The Class of 2020 is unlike any other. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, it persevered, overcoming a difficult final semester and finishing strong. We’re proud to say more than 550 students are graduating from programs within the School of Education this month. Our graduates move forward, well prepared to tackle the challenges that come their way. As educators, healthcare professionals, and artists, it’s your time to lead and inspire your communities and the world.
A message from Dean Diana Hess
Due to ongoing public health concerns, UW–Madison’s May Commencement ceremony is not possible at this time. Despite the lack of in-person celebrations, we want you to know how proud we are of all of our Spring 2020 graduates! In this video, School of Education Dean Diana Hess shares a message to our Spring 2020 graduates.
Congratulations and best of luck. And remember, you may no longer be a student — but you’ll always be a Badger!
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Education Studies BS
"UW–Madison has been, and always will be, my motive to challenge myself. The Wisconsin Idea, I have learned throughout my time as a Badger, has let me view the world in a broader perspective."
Special Education BSE
"I want to thank my husband and my three awesome kids for supporting me. I am so grateful to have had the chance to be a part of UW–Madison. It was a dream come true."
"I joined the art program midway through college and it has been the foundation of greatness. I hope to create my own animation studio."
Curriculum and Instruction MS
"I am beyond excited to begin the next chapter of my life as a high school chemistry teacher in Tucson, Arizona."
Laura Patricia Minero
Counseling Psychology PhD
"Con todo mi corazon, I want to thank my parents, Silvia and Carlos Minero. I would not be receiving my doctorate if my parents had not made the selfless and brave decision to leave everything and everyone they knew in Mexico, to come to the U.S."
Theatre and Drama BS
"This journey has taken me 40 years to complete — but complete it, I did. Now into grad school for an MFA in costume design. It’s still not over!"
Rehabilitation Psychology BS
"I’ve always had a passion to help people. I didn’t know how until I took a RPSE 300 class my freshman year. I would like to thank my parents and my brothers for supporting and loving me every day from LA."
Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis PhD
"One of my favorite UW–Madison memories outside the classroom was, of course, meeting Bucky at a men’s basketball game. On, Wisconsin!"
Health Promotion and Health Equity BS
"Having minimal knowledge about public health and health disparities as a freshman, Dr. Corrie Norman's course about healthcare and religion really opened my eyes to the need for culturally humble health professionals."
Educational Psychology MS
"I have met so many amazing teachers from around the country in my cohort. This program has helped me become a stronger, better teacher for my students.”
Bailey Jane Seymour
"I am looking forward to whatever comes next, I feel prepared, and I am grateful for the community that will continue to support me in the future.”
"As a graduating senior, this pandemic has given me a lot of time to reflect on my time at UW–Madison. I have met a lot of amazing people here who have helped me to find my path in life."
—Cecilia Rosborough, Kinesiology BS