A graduation cap decorated with flowers.

2021 Commencement 

Join Lawrence University in celebrating the journey and accomplishments of the Class of 2021!

Commencement 2021 will be on Sunday, June 13, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. The university will host an in-person, outdoor ceremony for graduates and two guests at the Banta Bowl. All graduating seniors can participate in the ceremony, including those who are currently living off-campus.

Like many of the events of the past year, Commencement 2021 will look different than past ceremonies. This year, our goal is to celebrate our graduates, while also ensuring the health and safety of all in attendance.

To ensure that friends and family from around the globe can join in our celebration, Commencement 2021 will be streamed live at 10:00 a.m. on June 13.

Details regarding Commencement celebrations will continue to be updated throughout the spring. Please visit this page often for updates. Additional information can be found in the Commencement 2021 FAQs.

Commencement 2021 Weekend Celebrations 

Please also join the Lawrence community for celebrations throughout Commencement Weekend. All listed times are Central Daylight Time.

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13

Senior Art Show
The Class of 2021 can request a time for friends and family to visit the Senior Art Show. Visits are available the following days/times during Commencement Weekend:

Friday, June 11, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 13, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fill out this form to request a visit date and time. Contact wriston-gallery@lawrence.edu with any questions.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Commencement Concert
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Baccalaureate Service
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 13, 2020

Commencement Ceremony
10:00 a.m.

Please note that additional events may be added and that some events may be virtual. Please visit this web page frequently for the most up-to-date information.


Information for Guests


Explore a list of Lawrence’s recommended local accommodations or contact the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Parking at the Banta Bowl will be limited, with priority given to those individuals needing accessible parking or other special needs. Parking will be available at the Mead Pool parking lot (across John Street) and on the the north side of Banta Court. No parking is allowed on the south side of Banta Court. 


For the safety of those attending Commencement exercises we ask that you not bring pets, other than those needed for assistance, to the ceremony.


Questions can be directed to the Office of the President at 920-832-6525 or emailed to commencement@lawrence.edu.