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Canvas - Changing Your Displayed Name (UW-Madison)
Canvas displays your University Preferred Name. Many other systems on campus also display your preferred name.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison follows a Preferred Name policy that was established in Fall 2013. All NetID holders may designate a preferred name, which is consumed by most university systems.
Using a preferred name is entirely optional. However, if you designate a preferred name in My UW, that is the name will appear in Canvas. If you don't designate a preferred name, your legal name will appear in Canvas.
Canvas users are unable to change their display name from directly within Canvas. Instead, if you wish to change your display name, you'll need to access My UW and modify your personal information. Your name change will appear in Canvas the next time the system gets new user data. To enter or change a preferred name, see Preferred Name - Service Description.