They endured a jarring transition to online learning, the strains from teacher shortages and profound disruptions to their home lives.
Mnookin joins UW-Madison amid declining state funding, a decade-long tuition freeze and polls suggesting marginalized groups feel less safe on campus.
While most other COVID-19 policies will look the same on campus this fall, UW-Madison now only has a "limited number of temporary spaces" for COVID-positive students.
"I do not have the words to express to you how disappointed and sad I am to be telling you this," Blank said. "I was excited to be joining you at Northwestern, a world-class institution that is near and dear to my heart."
UW-Madison will begin demolishing two century-old buildings this week to make way for its new School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences.
Walsh has served as the board's vice president for the past year.
Rothman also expressed support for incoming UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, who was criticized by some state Republicans after she selected by the Board of Regents last month.
The UW Hospital Board has repeatedly said it could not recognize or bargain with a union under state law.
Diana Hess, dean of the UW-Madison School of Education, will become interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 1, when Provost John Karl Scholz takes over as the interim chancellor, UW said on Tuesday.
The Board of Regents unanimously selected Mnookin, law school dean at the University of California Los Angeles, to be UW-Madison's 30th chancellor. Mnookin's appointment will take effect Aug. 4.
Blank said she is feeling minor symptoms and is fully vaccinated and boosted. She added she is following CDC guidelines to isolate and work from home.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called Mnookin's hire a "blatant partisan selection." UW-Madison officials said Vos and Mnookin have not yet met.
Jennifer Mnookin has been named as the next chancellor to lead UW-Madison.
The ceremony's keynote speaker, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, urged graduates to understand "that adversity, discomfort, hardship, make you braver, smarter and stronger."
UW spring commencement ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., Saturday, May 14, 2022.
While both surveys found that 15% of students reported seriously considering leaving UW-Madison, the number of those who cited the campus climate or culture as the primary reason increased from 40% in 2016 to 56% last year.
Being back on campus auditing courses this semester reminded Dawn Proctor over and over again of the missed opportunity.
Scholz said it's going to take a three-pronged approach in order to address challenges being faced by UW-Madison, like the need for additional resources and the increasingly polarized view on the value if higher education.
Miranda also said she was dedicated to shared governance and, "It's kind of in my nature to do that."
UW-Madison chancellor finalist Ann Cudd is troubled by the statistics that show a large swath of the public believe leading research universities are headed in the wrong direction.
"I think there’s an opportunity to sell and celebrate that as a real national model for why public universities matter."
He stepped down as provost at the University of Utah at the end of 2021 and also worked as a corporate vice president at Microsoft.
The expansion of transfer programs may lead more state residents to pursue college degrees and could be a boon for Wisconsin's workforce, officials say.
UW-Madison waived the typical recruitment process because the position is a temporary appointment expected to last for a year or less.
The finalists emerged from an applicant pool that included 37 candidates, including seven women and 16 of whom self-reported as a person of color.
Corey Pompey ushered in a new era of the UW Varsity Band spring concert with plenty of pep, percussion and pyrotechnics.
The UW-Madison alumnus has decades of administrative experience within the UW System and at the state Department of Administration.
Board presidents are elected to one-year terms but typically serve for two years, making Manydeeds' decision to serve for one year slightly unusual.
The Zoe Bayliss Women's Cooperative, whose building will be demolished next year, rejected UW-Madison's offer to lease space in a dorm.