June 29, 1853: The ceremony for laying the cornerstone of Main Hall took place, and the first president of the University, Edward Cooke, was installed.
July 1, 1857: Lawrence University's first Commencement ceremony was held for the four men and three women in the first graduating college class.
July 1, 1964: The consolidation between Lawrence College and Milwaukee-Downer College took effect and the institution's name became Lawrence University.
July 2, 1936: The Lawrence College Vacation Tour set sail for Europe on the SS Hamburg from New York.
July 3, 1848: The frame for the preparatory (academy) building, the first building on campus, was raised.
July 4, 1935: Henry M. Wriston's thirty-sixth birthday and the date he accepted the position as President of Lawrence University.
July 5, 1943: This date marked the beginning of classes on a new year-round schedule which would allow Lawrence students to "…obtain the maximum amount of college education before entering the armed services, and will also help meet the increasing demands for college trained women."