Odyssey Graduation Ceremony

Celebrating the Odyssey Class of 2023!

Andrea with diploma.

Thank you so much to those of you that were able to join us either in person or via Zoom as we celebrated the incredible and resilient UW Odyssey Project Class of 2023 on May 3! The evening began with moving words from Dean Jeffrey Russell and Odyssey Director of Adult Education, Kevin Mullen. Then each student took the spotlight, sharing inspiring stories and  powerful words at the podium before receiving an Odyssey certificate. It was wonderful to have students, family, and friends together in Great Hall cheering one another on. If you were unable to join us, please see below for video excerpts from the ceremony, the beautiful photos captured by Odyssey alum Hedi Rudd, and the 2023 graduation Oracle!


2023 UW Odyssey Project graduation ceremony clip

2023 graduation photo gallery

2023 graduation Oracle

2023 Friend of the UW Odyssey Project Award

Congratulations to Jeffrey Russell for winning the 2023 Friend of the UW Odyssey Project Award! A UW Professor of Engineering, Jeff has served as the vice provost of lifelong learning and dean of Continuing Studies since 2011 and has championed Odyssey ever since. He notes, “Odyssey is emblematic of education at its best.” Calling his support of Odyssey one of his proudest accomplishments on campus, Jeff notes Odyssey’s transformative power as it empathetically meets its learners “where they are, as they are, and on their terms”  in an environment giving them “a growing sense of agency, free of judgment, eager for greater self-discovery, and aspiring to fulfilling lives.” We proudly give this award to Dean Jeffrey Russell and thank him for his visionary support of the UW Odyssey Project.

Emily, Brian, Char, and Jeff
Left to right: Odyssey Executive Director Emily Auerbach, Brian Benford (Odyssey '07), Char Braxton (Odyssey '06), and Dean Jeffrey Russell

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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I'm grateful for starting this new journey, continuing my college education, and for being able to bring my son with me on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Monèl, Odyssey '23
Talaisha, Kahleeh, and Bucky Badger
Odyssey 2022 graduates
Odyssey 2022 graduation
Odyssey 2022 graduation
Odyssey 2022 graduation
Jonathon, Rebecca Blank

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