University of Wisconsin–Madison

Virtual Family Weekend 2020



Thank you for joining us for Family Weekend 2020. We hope you find the content on this webpage to be helpful, engaging, and fun. Explore the offerings below and check out a variety of live events created just for you. You can also use the navigation section directly below to find information of interest.

We want to begin by sharing remarks from Chancellor Rebecca Blank. Since we are not able to gather in-person for our annual Chancellor’s Welcome Reception, we hope you enjoy this video message for Badger families.

Let us know if have any questions by emailing If you’re not able to join us live this weekend, the content below will continue to be available to you afterwards, at the same links and here on this page.

We also invite you to share pictures and stories of whoever is in your #BadgerFamily with us on Facebook – whether that is chosen family, friends, parents, grandparents, or pets. On, Wisconsin!

Live Events

Join us for a variety of events and panels occurring Friday and Saturday. All events will be captioned live via a link in the YouTube video description, and all will be available for viewing any time after the event.

College of Letters & Science Honors Program Event

Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 4-5 p.m. CDT
Zoom Event Link:

Current Letters and Science Honors Program students and families – please join us on Friday, October 16 at 4 pm (CDT) for conversation and an information session held via Zoom. Honors Faculty Director Sabine Gross, Associate Directors Sara Stephenson and Matt Kohlstedt along with other Honors team members will explain opportunities the Honors Program provides, answer your questions, and offer details about any of the Program’s aspects. This is a live event that will allow you to ask questions.

Please note that while students not currently enrolled in the Honors Program in the College of Letters & Science are able to join, this event will be tailored and most useful to those already in the program.

For questions and accommodations, please contact

Virtual UW-Madison Campus Tour

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 3:45-4:45 p.m. CDT
Event Link (Link will become live 30 minutes before the start of the event):

Come join a few UW-Madison student tour guides on our newest virtual campus tour! On this tour, you will be guided through the vibrant city and campus and learn more about different sites, places, and how students enjoy spending their time in the city. Learn more about how UW-Madison is pushing boundaries and constantly growing as a place for research, athletics, and individual growth.

How to Join Session:

Blackboard is fully committed to ensuring all products and services we deliver are both usable and accessible to all users regardless of age, ability, or situation. For information, please visit

  • Open the link in your browser.
  • After the page loads, type your name and select Join Session.
  • If this is your first time joining the session, complete the audio and video set up and add a profile picture.

Best Practices for Best Experience:

  • Use a hard-wired (Ethernet) connection, if available, or a Wifi connection. If using Wifi, try to be as close to the router as possible.
  • Close other programs. Close all programs and streaming services on your computer except for the browser you are using for your Collaborate session.
  • Keep your browser current. Only use up-to-date Internet browsers that are supported by Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Limit video use. Use video during the session only when necessary.
  • Use supported mobile browsers. If on a mobile device, use a supported mobile browser. For the best experience, use Safari on iOS devices and Chrome on Android devices.
  • Use headphones. Cut down on the background noise and use headphones.
  • Disable Adblockers. Browser Adblockers can turn off your audio and video and can cause buttons to not show up.

Badger Talks with Veronica Rueckert

Veronica Rueckert, former host and producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time,” is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s National Media Relations Specialist. Before that, she hosted the state-wide call in program, “The Veronica Rueckert Show” and was a producer on WPR’s Peabody Award-winning program “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” distributed nationally by Public Radio International.

Learn more on the Badger Talks website.

Terrace Coloring Pages

Enjoy these downloadable Terrace-themed coloring pages created by Wisconsin Union artists. Click the images to download and print the coloring pages.

Cook with the Wisconsin Union

Missing some of your Wisconsin Union favorites? Wisconsin Union Dining at Home brings you step by step copycat recipes.

Music Performances

Enjoy these music performances from UW’s Wisconsin Singers, the Madison World Music Festival, and the Wingra Quintet.

Wisconsin Singers

Featuring the top talents from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Singers entertains more than 50,000 annually with stellar vocals, stunning choreography and spectacular big band sound from the past forty years. Wisconsin Singers students come from a variety of majors across campus, all of whom have a passion for excellence, either onstage as a performer or working behind the scenes in backstage or entertainment management internships. Recognized as the very first collegiate pop music ensemble that features song, dance, and live instrumentals, Wisconsin Singers has been touring the country since 1967.

Madison World Music Festival

Music and dance from unique and unexpected parts of the world, this festival is a celebration of cultures. Historically the Madison World Music Festival has taken place on the famous Memorial Union Terrace and the Willy Street Fair every fall. 

The 2020 Madison World Music Festival featured artists from Ho-Chunk Nation, Russia, Guinea, Latin America, Jordan and Haiti. We hope you enjoy this virtual event!

Live with Wingra Quintet

An exclusive premiere performance by the Mead Witter School of Music’s faculty woodwind quintet with commentary by Alicia Lee, The Wingra Quintet performs selections from the eclectic character pieces in Nine Romanian Children’s Songs by Bela Bartók and Endre Szervanszky’s energetic and engaging Fúvósötös Wind Quintet. The performance was recorded early this spring in the Collins Recital Hall at UW-Madison’s beautiful, new Hamel Music Center, and is being premiered through Badger Talks Live.


Do you have #FutureBadgers at home? Take a look at these family-friendly events.

University Book Store Giveaways

Enjoy this 20 percent off use code for your entire online purchase.

And register to win a $100 e-gift card from the University Book Store!

University Book Store 20 percent off coupon


The Red Shirt

Get The Red Shirt™, 13th Edition Today!

Nothing beats classic university style! This design features a fun retro script with a spirited swoosh — and a familiar face peeking through. Plus, 25% of every sale supports need-based student scholarships, courtesy of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. It’s a fun shirt with a serious mission.

Future Events

Share the events below with your student – or partake in them yourself!


Latinx Heritage Month

National Transfer Student Week

FAFSA Frenzy

Upcoming Badger Talks

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