MADISON - The University of Wisconsin-Madison said goodbye to 5,400 graduates yesterday, but did so in an outdoor commencement ceremony for the first time in 25 years.

More than 44,000 family members and friends filed into Camp Randall Stadium for the mass graduation, where graduates stood collective by school rather than walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Former Utah governor and ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman delivered a keynote speech about problem solving and crossing invisible boundaries.

And to conclude the day under the sun, graduates participated in one final "Jump Around".


MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The University of Wisconsin ranks among the top 10 U.S. medical schools in producing graduates who go into family practice.

That's an encouraging trend that could help stem an expected shortfall of doctors.

A report this week says that one in six UW medical school graduates entered family practice in the last three years. The school's number 9 ranking in that category suggests Wisconsin's efforts to produce more doctors are working, especially to produce physicians willing to practice in rural areas.

Using federal and state programs, UW is providing more resources to study family practice and do residencies in rural areas.

That's important because more than half of graduates nationwide who do their residencies in rural areas stay in rural areas.