Important Reminders

Spring Commencement

Commencement offers the chance to celebrate all that your student has accomplished during his or her college years.

UW–Madison’s spring commencement ceremony for undergraduate, law, and master’s degree candidates will be held in Camp Randall Stadium at noon on Saturday, May 16, with Katie Couric serving as the keynote speaker.

Schools, colleges, and some academic departments will hold recognition events throughout the commencement weekend, scheduled around the main ceremony, to allow graduates and guests time to mingle with deans and faculty and to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2015.

Visit the commencement website for details about the weekend’s events, shuttle and parking information, accommodations for graduates and guests with disabilities, the carry-in policy, and more.

For questions about the commencement ceremony, call 608-263-2400 or email

For questions related to degree requirements or other academic matters related to graduation, call the Office of the Registrar at 608-262-3811 or email

Memorial Union Graduation Events

The Memorial Union Terrace is hosting a graduation weekend dance party with two great bands for the whole family. Join the fun on Friday, May 15th at 9 p.m. for 16 Candles, an 80’s cover band from Chicago;  and on Saturday, May 16th at 8 p.m. for V05, a disco cover band from Madison. Concerts will be moved to the Rathskeller in the event of inclement weather.

Ask a question / Haga una pregunta

If you have a questions regarding your student or the university, you can always connect with a Parent Program staff member directly by phone, chat, and email. We are available Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at 1-877-262-3977.

Si desea a ponerse en contacto con un miembro del personal del Programa para Padres con cualquier pregunta sobre su estudiante o la universidad, recuerde que puede usar nuestro sistema de chat en línea Haga una Pregunta.

State Budget Process

In February, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker introduced his 2015–17 biennial state budget, which includes a funding proposal for the University of Wisconsin System. For ongoing updates as the budget moves through the legislative process, visit To understand how proposed state budget cuts affect the UW, visit

Tuition Increase

Chancellor Blank explains the need for tuition increases for out-of-state undergraduates and professional school students. The increases were approved on April 10 by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

Web Chat Transcripts

The Parent Program, in collaboration with other campus offices, sponsors several web chats throughout the year. Topics include how to make housing decisions, learning about financial aid resources, and more. If you have missed our previous web chat sessions, you can find an archive of our chat transcripts online.

Send a Smile

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your Badger? Nothing puts a smile on your student’s face more than receiving a small token that shows you are thinking of him or her. The Parent Program provides easy tips and ways for you to “Send a Smile” to your student. A few options are listed below:

  • The Parent Program, in partnership with Fresh Madison Market, provides fresh food gift baskets that you can have shipped to your student’s door.
  • University Housing also provides care packages, birthday cakes, exam treats, and gift cards.
  • Many other options, including our free e-postcards, are also available at our Send a Smile web page.

Many students appreciate receiving items from home, as well. Recently, Badger parents shared what they’ve sent to their students in our Facebook Group. Here are some suggestions:

  • Homemade food, such as cookies and brownies
  • Gift cards to their student’s favorite restaurants around campus
  • Decorations for the home
  • Letters or pictures from home

Summer Health Services

Students who are staying in Madison for the summer — but who are not taking classes — can pay the Student Health Fee to have continued access to University Health Services (UHS). UHS is open Monday through Friday during the summer months, with the same hours and services as the academic year. The fee is a one-time payment of $86 that grants eligibility for UHS visits from May 25 until August 31, 2015.

The fee must be paid prior to a student’s first summer appointment. UHS will begin accepting payments on May 1. Payments may be made online via credit card or in person via cash, check with ID, or credit card at the cashier in room 8501, Student Services Tower, 333 East Campus Mall. Hours are 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Students covered by the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) have access to UHS without paying the summer fee.

As a reminder, access to UHS is not a substitute for having comprehensive health insurance, which is recommended for all students.

For more information about UHS or insurance options, visit the University Health Services website, or call 608-265-5600.

Key Dates

Visit the parent Program website for important dates.

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