From Superior to Kenosha, Green Bay to Madison, thousands of students marched to the strains of pomp and circumstance for this year's spring commencement.
At the UW, more than 6,000 students received degrees over the weekend.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave the keynote address Saturday, urging students to remember lessons they learned while staying in the capitol city.
"Some critics claim that Madison's progressive politics have made the city 78 miles surrounded by reality. But I want to suggest that the university's mission is very much anchored in reality and the educational progressivism of the best sort," Duncan said.
At UW-Whitewater, more than 1,400 students and their families packed the Kachel Fieldhouse Saturday.
The ceremony included graduates from all four of the school's colleges, and master's degree recipients.
Student speaker Raymond Fohtung, encouraged his fellow graduates to use their education to serve others.
"Whatever we become after this day, let us do it for somebody, for something, or for a purpose that is much greater or larger than ourselves," he said.
Fohtung is from Cameroon, in West Africa.
During his speech, he joked about acclimating to Wisconsin -- getting used to subzero winters, and eating lots of meat and cheese.