Spring commencement 2020: A virtual party heard round the world

Camp Randall wasn’t in the cards for commencement this spring, but University of Wisconsin–Madison graduates did get “Camp Patterson” — bestselling author James Patterson’s kitchen, impressively festooned with all manner of Bucky paraphernalia. 

“And I thought my dad had a lot of Badger stuff!marveled graduate Amelia Gonzales, a Patterson super-fan who had been eagerly anticipating the famous writer’s keynote address. 

Forced online like the rest of us due to the coronavirus pandemic, Patterson offered his remarks by video, part of a virtual commencement ceremony that became available on the UW–Madison homepage shortly after 12 p.m. on May 9. Viewing parties ensued around the globe.

Read the full story originally published by Doug Erickson.

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