Class of 2022

Odyssey Graduation Ceremony

Celebrating the Odyssey Class of 2022!

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 2022 on May 4! The evening began with moving words from Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Odyssey Co-Directors Emily Auerbach and Kevin Mullen. The students then took the spotlight with a video filled with inspiring stories and powerful words before each student croseed the stage and received their Odyssey certificate. It was wonderful to have students, family, and friends together again in Great Hall cheering one another on. If you were unable to join us, please see below for the ceremony recording, the student film, the beautiful photos captured by Odyssey alum Hedi Rudd, and the 2022 graduation Oracle!

2022 UW Odyssey Project graduation ceremony >>

Odyssey Class of 2022 student video >>

2022 graduation photo gallery >>

2022 graduation Oracle >>

“Odyssey has not only changed my life, but my daughter’s life as well. Odyssey has given me hope, something I didn’t have before enrolling in this class.”

Cinderria, Odyssey '22

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2022 Friend of the UW Odyssey Project Award

Chancellor Rebecca Blank with Emily Auerbach and Odyssey students

Congratulations to Chancellor Rebecca Blank for winning the 2022 Friend of the UW Odyssey Project Award! In her nine years as UW-Madison Chancellor, Rebecca Blank has championed ways to make UW accessible to more students, including those with financial barriers. She has been a tireless advocate for the UW Odyssey Project, speaking and writing on the program’s behalf to key stakeholders and funders. She has been gracious to our Odyssey students and alumni, empowering them to believe they are indeed “college material” and welcome on the UW campus. As she ends her tenure at UW-Madison, we are proud to bestow on Chancellor Rebecca Blank the 2022 “Friend of the UW Odyssey Project Award.”