Meet Some of the Notable UW–Madison Graduates of Spring 2021

The pandemic couldn’t hold them back — they’ve won major national academic honors, appeared on network TV shows, helped classmates avoid COVID-19, improved the campus, and even won a Grammy.

Here’s a look at just a few of the students who will be graduating from UW–Madison May 8. Consider them a small subset of the excellence of the Class of 2021.

Her campus legacy? The first South Asian a cappella singing group

Mahima Bhattar

As a freshman, Mahima Bhattar noticed there was no a cappella singing team among the South Asian performing arts student organizations. She soon rectified that, founding Wisconsin Waale (Vaa-lay) as a sophomore. The name means “Wisconsin people” in Hindi. “We wanted to make sure that our team was inclusive and represented various experiences on our campus, and so this name signifies that we are all Wisconsin people,” says Bhattar, a sociology and economics major from Naperville, Illinois. Bhattar served as co-director of the India Student Association her junior year and has been a part of Sex Out Loud, a peer-to-peer sexual health resource. Being part of the South Asian community and working in sexual health education has inspired her to go into public health and work on health equity across cultural groups.

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