Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a top diplomat on the world stage, will be the keynote speaker for spring commencement for the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Saturday, May 14 at Camp Randall Stadium.
Thomas-Greenfield earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1975 and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from UW in 2018, a year after she retired following a 35-year career in foreign service.
“I know that what I’ve achieved in my life is the result of the extraordinary education I received at this university and the connections I made here,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said in 2018, upon receiving an honorary doctorate from UW–Madison, according to UW News. “All the major milestones in my life would start here on this campus.”
From 2017 until her appointment by President Biden in November of 2020, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield led the Africa Practice at Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic commercial diplomacy firm chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will speak Saturday, May 14, at noon at Camp Randall Stadium. The ceremony is for all bachelor’s, master’s and law degree candidates. The ceremony for doctoral and professional degree candidates will be Friday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center.