Captain America coming to Lawrence University to deliver the Commencement address in June drew plenty of interest. A Marvel superhero will do that.

Our story announcing actor Anthony Mackie, Marvel’s new Captain America, as the 2022 Commencement speaker was the year’s No. 1-viewed news story on the Lawrence website. A member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2014, Mackie’s character, Sam Wilson (The Falcon), has taken the shield from Chris Evans’ Captain America. It’s the latest step in an impressive Hollywood career for the actor who was mentored by Lawrence President Laurie A. Carter while a student at The Juilliard School.

In his Commencement speech, Mackie urged the Lawrence graduates to believe in their journey and to always advocate for a better world.

“The race is not given to the swiftest or to the strongest but the one who endures to the end,” Mackie said. “I beg of you all, endure, endure, endure.”

The Mackie announcement tops a list of most-viewed Lawrence stories that also includes new programs being launched, old friends returning to campus, and talented students excelling.

Here are the top 10 most-viewed stories of 2022:

1: Marvel star Anthony Mackie to be Lawrence’s 2022 Commencement speaker

Anthony Mackie speaks at Lawrence's 2022 Commencement on Main Hall Green.
Anthony Mackie (Photo by Danny Damiani)

“I am honored and excited to address the graduates of Lawrence on this monumental day on their journey to becoming their best selves.” Anthony Mackie

2: 'Doing Nothing' course helps students build skills to unplug, think deeply

Constance Kassor poses for a portrait on Main Hall Green.
Constance Kassor (Photo by Danny Damiani)

“We’re trying to equip them with some skills and resources to combat their stress, in order to promote creativity and deep learning. We believe that this will help students in their other courses, in their college careers, and in life after Lawrence.” Constance Kassor

3: Jack Nilles tried to ignite a work-from-home trend 48 years ago. It’s finally here

Photo of Jack Niles '54 infront of a bookshelf
Jack Nilles '54

“I keep saying lately, ‘after 48 years, I’m an overnight success.’” Jack Nilles ’54 (this story posted in August 2020 but keeps drawing an audience)

4: The Lawrence Advantage: an investment in our students

Main Hall cupola lit up at night following the Inauguration ceremony of President Laurie A. Carter
Main Hall (Photo by Danny Damiani)

“This is being funded by alumni and friends of the university who want to pay it forward. They are our incredible alumni who have gone on to be innovators and leaders all over the world. They want to give the next generation those same opportunities, the same advantage that comes with a Lawrence education.” President Laurie A. Carter

5: Tom McKenzie returns to Door County to help guide Björklunden to new heights

Tom McKenzie poses for a photo on a bench carved with the name Bjorklunden.
Tom McKenzie '95 (Photo courtesy of Jason Klotz)

“I had often imagined moving back from the city, giving my daughter more access to nature, and here was a way to do it while challenging myself professionally in a very interesting way.” Tom McKenzie ’95

6: Teaching excellence, first-year experience cited as U.S. News ranks Lawrence among top liberal arts colleges

Professor Allison Fleshman works with a student during a chemistry lab.
Allison Fleshman teaches in Principles of Chemistry: Energetics and Dynamics. (Photo by Danny Damiani)

Lawrence University is ranked as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Wisconsin and one of the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings.

7: Lawrence launches business and entrepreneurship major

Student interacts with faculty in class
Innovation & Entrepreneurship classoom (Photo by Danny Damiani)

“We have taken a liberal arts mindset to building this major, emphasizing the importance of multiple perspectives and big-picture thinking.” Adam Galambos

8: Five Lawrence faculty set to retire after decades of impactful service

Graduate with mortarboard that reads, "the adventures start now"

“In my time at Lawrence, the institution has never abandoned the value of the liberal arts. That doesn’t mean that we’ve been stuck all these years in some crusty past. It means we are constantly and thoughtfully navigating how to respect knowledge, to re-interpret tradition, to attempt to grasp what of the present might determine the world’s future existence.” Eilene Hoft-March

9: 2022 grads talk next steps, lessons learned as they bid farewell for now

Graduates walk through the faculty line as faculty applaud during the processional at the start of Commencement.
Commencement 2022 (Photo by Danny Damiani)

“At Lawrence, I have become a field ecologist, a writer, and a computer scientist; during my next steps, I get to take these skills and use them to make a difference” – Molly Long ’22

10: Maggie McGlenn earns 2022 Watson, will study elements of fashion, sustainability

Maggie McGlenn works with cloth materials in Lawrence's theater costume shop.
Maggie McGlenn '22 (Photo by Danny Damiani)

“I was drawn to the opportunity because it allows me to take something I love so much—fashion, clothing, sewing—and give it such a greater perspective. I hope that through this opportunity I can find a way to do what I love the most in a way that is also good for the world and everyone in it.” Maggie McGlenn ’22