Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

As the La Follette School’s Class of 2020 graduation speaker, Shireen Ohadi-Hamadani reflected on her grandmother’s life and envisioned a more just and equitable society. Ohadi-Hamadani said via video that she decided to attend the La Follette School to protect people like her grandmother.

Mark Hadley, deputy director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), challenged the La Follette School’s Class of 2018 to be reformers, to look for the good that exists, to build upon it, and to preserve it.

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson shared his commitment to The Wisconsin Idea – the principle that the university is intricately tied to the state – in the most recent issue of Public Administration Review (PAR).

With an emphasis on service, 48 La Follette School students celebrated their graduation Sunday, May 12 in the Wisconsin Capitol’s Assembly Chamber. How fitting, then, that one of the state’s most well-known public servants – former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl – attended the ceremony.

Razan Al-Dagher (MPA ’18) and Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) drew on family experiences for their messages to the La Follette School Class of 2018 on May 13 at the State Capitol.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson was right at home Sunday, May 15, when he addressed the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs’ Class of 2016 at the state Capitol. A two-time graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Thompson began his political career in the Wisconsin Assembly Chamber – the same room where 35 of the La Follette School’s 38 graduates received their diplomas.

Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin’s governor from 1987 to 2001, will address the 2016 Class of the La Follette School of Public Affairs during a graduation ceremony Sunday, May 15.

Reflecting on her own journey, Katherine Gehl challenged the La Follette School of Public Affairs’ Class of 2017 to take on challenges big enough that the possibility of failure is real and present.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson will receive an honorary degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison this May. The La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science nominated Thompson, who received bachelor’s and law degrees from UW–Madison in the 1960s.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs welcomes the creation of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since its creation in 1983, the La Follette School has blended nonpartisan rigor in scholarship with a direct application of the Wisconsin Idea in practice.