The University of Wisconsin Class of 2019 held its graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium and saw a familiar face deliver the commencement speech.
Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and former Badgers great J.J. Watt returned to Madison to give the address to the graduates and more than 35,000 of their family and friends in the stands. Watt famously went from walk-on with Wisconsin to earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2010 to being a first-round NFL draft pick the following spring.
Here is his full speech, along with some highlights from social media.
Once a Badger, Always a Badger
Welcome home, @JJWatt!
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) May 11, 2019
— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) May 11, 2019