May 11, 2020 | By Wisconsin School of Business | Back to news

Wisconsin School of Business graduates got to see their names in lights during a special finale to commencement weekend: the 1,094 Business Badgers Light the Way Forward live stream.

Using projection mapping, WSB illuminated the Park Street façade of Grainger Hall with animated graphics on Saturday, May 9 from 8:30 p.m. until midnight. The rotating graphics included the names of every WSB graduate along with congratulatory messages, unifying themes, and quotes from the School community.

The project was live-streamed for remote viewing and remains available on WSB’s Facebook page.

 

Grainger Hall is lit up in red to celebrate graduates.
Grainger Hall was illuminated to celebrate WSB graduates with the “1,094 Business Badgers Light the Way Forward” live stream. Photo by David Giroux
The exterior of Grainger Hall is illuminated with congratulatory messages for graduates
The projection spanned four stories and stretched 150 feet across the exterior of Grainger Hall. Photo by Paul L. Newby II
Passersby watch as the exterior of Grainger Hall is illuminated with congratulatory messages for graduates
Though most watched from home, a few observers came in-person to see the names of WSB graduates rotate across the building. Photo by Paul L. Newby II
Passersby watch as the exterior of Grainger Hall is illuminated with congratulatory messages for graduates
WSB graduates cheered as their names appeared in lights. Photo by Paul L. Newby II
The exterior of Grainger Hall is illuminated with congratulatory messages for graduates
With no in-person commencement, WSB recognized the Class of 2020 in a fun and innovative way. Photo by Paul L. Newby II

Thousands of supporters tuned in to the live stream. Here are some of their reactions:

“I am so blown away by how beautiful this is, and to see our daughter’s name
in the light show from CT! Priceless. Thank you.”
–Parent of a WSB graduate

“Congrats, everyone!! We did it!”
–WSB graduate

“What a great tribute to graduates!”
–WSB alum

“So awesome! Speaks volumes about how the school feels about [its] students.
Can’t wait for [my son] to start his BBA program in the fall. On, Wisconsin!”
–Parent of an incoming WSB student


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