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Grandparents University

Grandparents University® (GPU) offers a unique opportunity for the young and young-at-heart to share in a love of learning. It’s a chance to create wonderful memories, strengthen connections, and enjoy hands-on activities in “majors” led by top UW faculty and staff.

Grandparents University 2021 will be virtual!

We are working to create a positive virtual experience for everyone that will include both live content that will be available Tuesday, July 6 – Friday, July 9, and pre-recorded content that will be available through July 31, whenever it’s most convenient for you and your family.

Everyone on the GPU mailing list who is also a Wisconsin Alumni Association member or recognized in Van Hise Society, Bascom Hill Society, or 1848 Society received an email on Monday, March 22 inviting them to register for the program. Because there are no capacity limitations this year, registration will remain until Monday, May 31. If you did not receive an invitation to register, and are an active member of any of these groups, please contact the Grandparents University team.

GPU Eligibility

Grandparents University is an intergenerational learning experience for children aged seven to 14 who are accompanied by a grandparent(s) or older adult relative(s) who is not their parent (the recommendation is one to two children per adult). Adults do not need to be UW–Madison alumni to attend. However, to be eligible to register, one member of the family — a grandparent, adult relative, or a parent of a grandchild — must be a Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) member or recognized in Van Hise Society, Bascom Hill Society, or 1848 Society. WAA membership is open to everyone. Learn about joining WAA today or renewing your membership at

If you have questions, email or call 608-308-5585. Because of the pandemic, the WAA staff is working remotely, so please be patient as we respond to inquiries as quickly as possible.

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    Access to register for Grandparents University is an exclusive Wisconsin Alumni Association member benefit. You must be a current WAA member, or be recognized in Van Hise Society, Bascom Hill Society, or 1848 Society to register for GPU. Learn about becoming a WAA member.

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