Jesus Garza Noriega and family in front of blowup Bucky Badger

Returning adult students celebrated at drive-through event

Twenty students and their families met near Picnic Point in Madison to be congratulated at the Outstanding Adult Student Scholarships and Awards event.

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Alumni Park Bucky Badger sculpture, UW–Madison

Badger Ready grad prepares to take on the state capitol

Jason Glomp plans to use his degree in political science and certificate in public policy to support workers, labor unions and nonprofits.

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Images of all of the students in the UW–Madison Odyssey Project Class of 2021

Odyssey Project graduates, supporters celebrate determination in a challenging year

Students, staff and community came together to recognize the 18th graduating class of UW–Madison’s award-winning program.

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Baron Kelly, smiling, in front of a set of indoor windows

UW–Madison’s Kelly named to College of Fellows of the American Theatre

Congratulations to Professor Baron Kelly, joining the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Theatre in the honorary society’s next incoming class.

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Marianna Globacheva holding her child in front of Mount Rushmore in the background

Returning adult students receive awards for perseverance, community contributions

Each spring, UW–Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services recognizes the determination and leadership of returning adult undergraduate students with scholarships and awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award.

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Overcoming barriers of going back to school

Our student services coordinator Anne Niendorf shared her journey to getting a college degree, along with tips on being a returning adult student, with the Wisconsin State Journal. Get inspired by her story!

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French student Sonja Whipp at the Louvre Pyramid

Students make progress, stay connected in online continuing education classes

Online classes helped two students meet their personal and professional development goals.

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Kristy Jorgensen and family on the beach

Returning adult students dig deep to balance roles and responsibilities in COVID times

Kristy Jorgensen and Alex Hentzen are among 9,805 students 25 years old and older who were enrolled spring 2019 through 2020 at UW-Madison. Read about their challenges and triumphs.

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Hezouwe and Emily, arm in arm

Student’s remarkable journey to starting his undergraduate degree at age 28, living his dream

In his village of Koumea in Togo, Africa, 8-year-old Hezouwe Walada watched nearly half of his community—including three of his young cousins—die of malaria in early 2000. He decided then and there he wanted to …

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Odyssey Project online graduation full of pride, community, love

Even a pandemic cannot dampen the spirits of these graduates. In a Zoom ceremony that included more than 200 people, participants were treated to a cacophony of joy as they celebrated the resilient graduates of …

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Brian Benford standing at an Odyssey graduation and smiling in the distance

Odyssey student triumphs over the odds to get his master’s degree as an older adult

Brian Benford describes his educational journey as full of “potholes, roadblocks, angst and unfulfilled dreams. Starting in the 1970s, I attended many schools only to drop out because of costs, personal battles or family matters.” …

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UW-Madison Bascom hall with UW banner out front

Returning adult students receive awards for perseverance, leadership

Lifelong learning runs in Talesa Allen’s family. When her dad was 67, he went back to Madison College for a technical program. At the same time, Allen, 45, headed back to the University of Wisconsin–Madison—25 …

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