Interim Associate Dean Ray Vanderby takes the lead at the Graduate School Degree Dash September 2, 2016 (photo: Bryce Richter, University Communications)


Graduate School Degree Dash
Friday, September 1, 2017

Doctoral Derby: 8:00am
Master's Mile: 8:30am
Start/finish line location: Bascom Hill
Check-in must be completed 15 minutes prior to race start. See options for check-in on the registration form.

Maps will be available on this page closer to the event date.

Routes close at 10:00am. Racers should plan to finish by this time.


Get your semester off to a fast start! Join fellow graduate students, faculty and staff for the 2nd Annual Degree Dash hosted by the Graduate School at UW-Madison.

Set your goal for 5.7 miles for the Doctoral Derby (no, you don’t have to be in a Ph.D. program to participate), or for 1.75 miles for the Master's Mile (for those who need to “graduate” early).  Race distances are based on average time-to-degree

You will meet fellow students, faculty and staff, tour campus, come away with a t-shirt or water bottle, and gather information that will help you to start your semester off quickly. And the best part is, whether you come in first or last place, you’ll get a diploma at the finish line. All are encouraged to participate in this event – new and current graduate students, faculty, staff and family members.

Teams are encouraged and eligible to win prizes. All racers must register individually, and if you are part of a team, you will need to indicate your team name when completing the race registration.

Degree Dash, September 2, 2016 (photo: Bryce Richter, University Communications)

Degree Dash, September 2, 2016 (photo: Bryce Richter, University Communications)

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