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Welcome, Recent Grads!

When you graduate from UW–Madison, you become part of an alumni community that’s more than 460,000 strong. The best way for proud Badgers to unite and stay connected to the UW is to turn to the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA).

Keep in Touch

Now that you’re a graduate, stay connected to the UW by updating your contact information. It takes only a few minutes to ensure that the university and fellow Badgers feel as close as ever.

Make sure you provide your preferred contact information (including your primary, email and mailing address) now.

Congratulations, Graduate!

Now that you’re a full-fledged Badger, here are some important things you’ll want to do:

UW Alumni Pin

Show off your alumni pin.

The alumni pin is a rite of passage for UW–Madison graduates. Yours will arrive in the mail from WAA within a few weeks of graduation. Wear it proudly for all to see. You’ve earned it!

Bucky UW Penant

Activate your complimentary two-year WAA membership.

It’s our way of saying, “Congrats, grad!” Fill out this form so you can start enjoying two years of exclusive Badger benefits and perks — absolutely FREE.

Badger Bridge

Use your connections.

Take advantage of WAA’s resources to make connections with other alumni (you’re one of us now!), get advice, and advance your career.

Well Read Bucky looks out onto a sunset over Lake Mendota

Enjoy alumni events.

Whether you’re attending a panel on current issues, toasting at brunch, or splashing into Lake Mendota at Recent-Grad Weekend, there are countless alumni experiences to enjoy year-round.

Various chapter paper signs

Start having big Badger fun!

Check out your local WAA chapter or affinity group for game-watch parties, volunteerism outings, and other events.


Flaunt your Badger pride online.

To keep your U-Rah-Rah going, display spirited digital goodies like virtual backgrounds, GIFs, social media frames, and more. They’re all free, and they’ll help you feel like you’re right back at your alma mater.

Check out the Recent-Grad Council.

Become a peer voice for recent UW graduates. You’ll help WAA plan events and develop new programs to benefit students and recent grads. In return, you’ll build your personal and professional network of Badgers — and get a complimentary two-year WAA membership with all its perks!


WAA Glossary

Alumni — people who have been (but are no longer) registered students at UW–Madison. Graduation is indicated by degree years (e.g., Tommy Thompson ’63, JD’66). For alumni who leave without completing a degree — or for students who have not yet graduated — degree years are marked with an x to indicate when they would have graduated or will graduate (e.g., Lorraine Hansberry x’52).

Affiliate Groups — spirited alumni groups that unite Badgers who participated in the same campus organizations or activities, such as UW band members, house fellows, artists and performers, and others.

Affinity Groups — identity-based communities where alumni can connect, celebrate those who make a difference, support students during their time on campus, and more.

Chapters — geographically based groups that offer local Badgers a variety of social, professional, educational, and philanthropic opportunities to stay connected and make a difference where they live.

One Alumni Place (OAP) — the visitor center and event space beside Alumni Park on the shore of Lake Mendota. It features seating by a cozy fireplace, a collection of books and artifacts that highlight the alumni experience, a rooftop deck, and an outdoor gathering space with spectacular views of the park and the lake.

Recent Grads — anyone who is within five or six years of graduation. These alumni are often aged 22–28 but may be of any age.

Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB) — a student organization directly associated with WAA, dedicated to linking students past, present, and future. WASB hosts a variety of spirited events and programs throughout the year to connect alumni with current and prospective students.