UW-Madison lets students pick a new name

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College presents a lot of choices. Pick your classes. Pick your friends. Pick your name.

The last option is newly available to UW-Madison students this fall. While the practice of reinvention with the help of a fake identification card has happened on college campuses before, this is the first time Wisconsin students will have the option of officially renaming themselves.

Students can opt out of what’s on their birth certificate and pick a first or middle name — or both — they’d prefer to be called. Welcome to the preferred names policy.

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