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2018 Commencement

Commencement exercises will begin at 10 a.m. on the Main Hall Green under the tent on Sunday, June 10.  Seating opens at 8:30 am.

Seating is unassigned and first-come, first served.

Any Lawrence student who does not wish to participate in the formal ceremony on June 10 must inform the registrar,
Anne Norman, in writing by Thursday, June 7. It is assumed all eligible graduates will be in attendance unless informed to the contrary.  All obligations to the university, academic as well as financial, must be met before Commencement day, June 10.

Rehearsal (required)

Commencement exercises will be rehearsed in Memorial Chapel beginning promptly at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 8.  Participants will be receiving information pertaining to the Commencement ceremony.  Caps and gowns are not needed for rehearsal. A class photograph will be taken.

Senior picnic

The university invites members of the graduating class and their families to a picnic on Main Hall Green on Saturday, June 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The rain site for this event is the Warch Campus Center..

President’s reception

Members of the graduating class and their families are cordially invited to a reception held by President Mark Burstein, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Catherine Kodat, Vice President for Student Life Christopher Card and Dean of the Conservatory Brian Pertl at the President’s home, 229 North Park Avenue, Saturday, June 9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Academic procession

Candidates for degrees will assemble on the walk east of the Memorial Chapel no later than 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 10. In the event of inclement weather, all candidates are to go directly to their seats by 9:30 a.m. Please be prompt!

Commencement information center

The Hochkammer Information Desk at the Warch Campus Center will be open throughout Commencement weekend. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide service to students and their families. You may contact the Information Desk in person or by calling 920-832-7000.

Commencement photographs/webcast

As a service to graduating seniors and their families, Empire Photography will photograph each student receiving a diploma during the ceremony. In order to  receive complimentary proofs as quickly as possible you can pre-register with Empire at (, by phone (800-747-2941) or by email at The ceremony will be webcast live and can be viewed on the Lawrence website (
NOTE:  Empire Photography will also be on campus June 7 during cap and gown pickup from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. to take cap and gown portraits. This is a complimentary portrait sitting with no obligation to order.

Academic caps and gowns, class rings, cards and invitations

Place your order at the Graduate Fair in the Warch Campus Center for caps, gowns, rings, graduation
cards and invitations. The sale will be held on April 19 and 20. You may also place your order online now ( or by phone (800-837-4235). The website for orders closes at midnight on May 4. Orders placed after that time will be charged a late fee.

Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center

The wellness center will be open for your use on Friday, June 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You and your family will be required to sign in at the wellness center.

Commencement Events

Friday, June 8, 2018

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Senior Art Exhibition
Wriston Art Center Galleries

2 – 3 p.m.
Commencement rehearsal for seniors
Caps and gowns not needed
Class photograph follows
Memorial Chapel

8 p.m.
Commencement Concert
Featuring members of the Class of 2018
Memorial Chapel
Reception follows in Shattuck Hall, Room 163
Viking Room open until 2 a.m.
Memorial Hall

Saturday, June 9, 2018

8:30 a.m.
Phi Beta Kappa initiation and breakfast (members only)
Pusey Room, Warch Campus Center

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Senior Art Exhibition
Wriston Art Center Galleries

10:30 a.m.
Baccalaureate Service - a multi-faith celebration of the spiritual journey of the class of 2018. This service
is designed by a group of seniors for all members of the class and their families.
Address by David McGlynn
Associate Professor of English
Memorial Chapel

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Picnic for seniors, families and faculty
Performance by the Lawrence University Grad Band
Main Hall Green
Rain site: Warch Campus Center

1:30–3:30 p.m.
President’s reception for seniors and families
President Burstein’s home, 229 North Park Ave.

2:30-4:00 pm
Ice cream open house
Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
Sabin House, 739 Alton St.

Viking Room opens at 8 pm
Memorial Hall

Sunday, June 10, 2018

7:30–9:00 a.m.
Complimentary continental breakfast
Andrew Commons, Warch Campus Center

9:15 a.m.
Candidate assembly
Sidewalk east of Memorial Chapel
Rain site: Report directly to the tent
at 9:30 a.m.

10 a.m.
Commencement exercises
Main Hall Green (under the tent)
Post-Commencement refreshments
Seeley G. Mudd Library Terrace
Rain site:  Warch Campus Center

Noon-4 p.m.
Senior Art Exhibition
Wriston Art Center Galleries

Watch the 2018 Commencement Ceremony LIVE!

The 2018 Commencement ceremony live stream will begin on Sunday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m.

General Information

Note: Handicapped parking is located adjacent to Memorial Chapel. Shuttle service for individuals needing special assistance will be provided to the Warch Campus Center and Main Hall Green from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and again at the conclusion of Commencement until 1 p.m. Post-Commencement pick-up will be at the College Avenue crosswalk adjacent to the library.

Directions to Campus

The Lawrence campus is located just east of downtown Appleton.

From the north or south: Take Highway 41 to the College Avenue exit. Proceed east four miles through downtown Appleton.

From the east: Take Highway 41 to the Highway 441 bypass. Take Highway 441 south to the College Avenue exit and proceed west on College Avenue.

From the west: Take Highway 10/441 east to the Oneida Street exit and proceed north to College Avenue. Proceed east on College Avenue through downtown Appleton.


For City of Appleton parking ramps see their website at:
There is also university parking behind 320 E. College Avenue.


Contact the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-236-6673 or for lodging suggestions.


For the safety of those attending Commencement exercises we ask that you keep pets, other than those needed for assistance, away from the campus green area.

Questions can be directed to the Office of the President at 920-832-6525 OR to, 920-832-6596.

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