Join us Friday, May 13th for a light-filled ceremony in Memorial Chapel, followed by a celebration in the Conservatory's Music-Drama building.

Lawrence is also celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding. Join us Saturday, May 14th as we honor the shared history of Lawrence and the Fox Cities with a curated collection of presentations, performances, and gatherings across campus open to the community.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 13
Inauguration Ceremony & Celebration

Delegate Reception; Regalia and Ticket Pickup

5 p.m.–6:30p.m. Central | Music-Drama Center, Lobby 
All faculty and delegates are invited to attend this reception to receive their regalia and/or tickets ahead of the Inauguration Ceremony.  Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  

The processional line will form immediately following this reception at 6:30 p.m. outside Memorial Chapel.

This event requires advanced registration.

Inauguration Ceremony & Celebration

7 p.m.–10 p.m. Central | Memorial Chapel | Music-Drama Lobby
Join us for the Inauguration of Laurie A. Carter as the 17th President of Lawrence University. Following a light-filled ceremony in the Chapel, continue the celebration in Music-Drama lobby. 

Inauguration Ceremony tickets are limited and require advanced registration. The ceremony will also be livestreamed at


Saturday, May 14
Brighter Together

Lawrence University is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding in 1847. Established six years before Appleton would be incorporated as a municipality, we are a combined community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends throughout the Fox Cities. Honor our shared history and celebrate a bright future through a curated collection of presentations, performances, and gatherings across campus.

Harrison Symposium

9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Central | Main Hall  
This is an opportunity to recognize outstanding advanced work done by our undergraduates in the humanities and social sciences and to congratulate them on their accomplishments. Sessions are arranged by topic or field. Students present in a setting similar to a professional meeting, with 15 minutes for a paper presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions. All sessions are moderated by Lawrence faculty members. The students selected to participate in the Symposium emblematize core Lawrentian values. Families, friends, and members of the community are welcome and encouraged attend.

More information can be found on the Harrison Symposium website.  

Lawrence University Black Alumni Network (LUBAN) Brunch

10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Central | Warch Campus Center, Nathan Marsh Pusey Room
All Black alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to a special brunch honoring President Carter, Lawrence University’s first Black President. 

This event requires advanced registration.

Presidential History Exhibit

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Central | Seeley G. Mudd Library  
Visit the Seeley G. Mudd Library to learn more about our Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer Presidents.  

Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop and Print & Ceramic Sale

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Central | Wriston Art Center 
The pandemic hasn’t stopped our creative output! Come in and support local artists for this one-day event. There will be a variety of limited edition prints and ceramic pieces by both professional and student artists along with demonstrations throughout the day. 

Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.  

Sponsored by The Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop & the Ceramics area

Wriston Art Galleries Open

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Central | Wriston Art Center  
Spring Exhibitions:

  • I picture you, Puerto Rico: a Trigueñitas love letter to PE-ERRE 
  • The Kathleen R. and Robert K. Bourne Collection of Inuit and Northwest Coast Art 
  • Nirmal Raja and Lois Bielefeld: On Belonging 

Brighter Together Picnic

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Central | Main Hall Green  
Celebrate the Inauguration of President Laurie A. Carter and the 175-Year Community Partnership between Lawrence University and Appleton.

Food, live music, family entertainment, and more!

Food will be provided by:

  • Bon Appétit
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • On the Fritz Concessions
  • Sharay’s Ghana Style Brittle
  • The Knotted Cone

Live music:

  • Moreau Halliburton ’22 and Kate Stenson ’24: 11–11:45 a.m.
  • Lawrence University Mariachi Ensemble: noon–12:45 p.m.
  • VOODIS: 1–1:45 p.m.

We will also be shining a spotlight on some of our great neighbors and partners in the community:

  • African Heritage, Inc.
  • Appleton Area School District
  • Appleton Public Library
  • Be Well Fox Valley
  • Building for Kids Children’s Museum
  • Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities
  • Community Early Learning Center of the Fox Valley
  • Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
  • First 5 Fox Valley
  • Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
  • United Way Fox Cities
  • Volunteer Fox Cities
  • YMCA of the Fox Cities

Faculty/Alumni Talks

12:30 p.m.–1:20 p.m. Central

  • The Kindness Project: Bringing Mindfulness Training to Early Childhood Programs in the Fox Cities Community
    Beth Haines, Professor of Psychology, Lawrence University
    Thomas A. Steitz Hall of Science, Lecture Hall 102
  • Sharing the Light While Building Community
    Israel Del Toro, Assistant Professor of Biology, Lawrence University 
    Wriston Art Center, Auditorium
  • Bringing a Community Together for a 21st-Century Library
    Colleen Rortvedt ’95, Director, Appleton Public Library
    Warch Campus Center, Cinema (Level Two)

1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m. Central

  • May I be angry? Teaching Responsively During Times of Crisis
    Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd, Associate Professor of Education, Lawrence University 
    Michelle Johnson ’18

    Warch Campus Center, Cinema (Level Two)
  • Digital Interventions: Bringing Mindfulness to Adolescents in the Fox Cities
    Dr. Lori Hilt ’97, Associate Professor of Psychology, Lawrence University
    Wriston Art Center, Auditorium

Welcome Reception

1 p.m.–2 p.m. Central | Warch Campus Center, Esch Hurvis Studio
Members of the President’s Advisory Council, Alumni Board, Vikings Athletics Advocacy Council, and the Conservatory Innovation Collective are invited to connect with and celebrate President Carter at this special reception.

This event requires advanced registration.

Campus and Community—Connections Past & Present

2:15 p.m.–3 p.m. Central | Main Hall Green
Campus and Community together is an important part of the magic that is the Lawrence community.  From alumni and employees, to churches and businesses, we share a commitment to the thriving of both campus and city.  The Closing Celebration is an opportunity to recognize some Lawrence Luminaries who have exemplified the everyday connections that have made both communities better.  Come for the party, stay for the abiding relationships.

Spring Term Production towards precipice + glacier

3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Central | Stansbury Theatre
A multimedia exploration into forces that have shaped this land, and us. A devised work created through a student and faculty collaborative process. An ever-shifting environment of live sound, movement + text, the rise and fall of landscapes past and present.

Tickets are required to attend this performance. You can purchase tickets at

Jazz Series: Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

8 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Central | Memorial Chapel
Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing.

Tickets are required to attend this performance. You can purchase tickets at