2019 Commencement  |  Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 10 a.m.

2019 Commencement Information 

Please read this information carefully.

Commencement exercises will begin at 10 a.m. on the Main Hall Green on Sunday, June 9. Seating opens at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome. No tickets are needed for the outdoor ceremony. Please plan for an open-air event.

In the event of extreme weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, or other severe weather, the rain site will be Memorial Chapel, with Stansbury Theatre, Harper Hall, and the Warch Campus Center serving as livestream viewing venues. Access to the rain site will require tickets. Students will be issued 2 tickets for the Chapel during Commencement rehearsal on Friday, June 7. If warranted by weather forecasts, a decision regarding any venue change will be made by the President and Provost on Commencement morning and communicated to the campus community, including graduates and the family members for whom we have email addresses by 7:30 A.M. Rain alone will not lead to a change in the Commencement venue. Inclement weather includes thunderstorms, severe wind, and other extreme weather conditions.

Any Lawrence student who does not wish to participate in the formal ceremony on June 9 must inform the registrar, Nancy Truesdell, in writing by Thursday, June 6.  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 9.

Commencement FAQ

Rehearsal (required)

Commencement exercises will be rehearsed in Memorial Chapel beginning promptly at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 7.  Participants will be receiving information pertaining to the Commencement ceremony. Tickets for the rain site will be distributed to graduates. Caps and gowns are not needed for rehearsal. A class photograph will be taken.


Lawrence University’s multifaith celebration of the spiritual journey of the class of 2019.  This service is designed by seniors for all members of the class and their families. The address to the class will be given by Constance Kassor, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. The service also includes recognition of the recipients of the Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin Award for 2019. The service will be held in Memorial Chapel on Saturday, June 8, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Senior Picnic

The picnic for the graduating class, their families, faculty, and staff on Saturday, June 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. has been relocated from Main Hall Green to 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 Catherine Kodat, Vice President for Student Life Christopher Card, and Dean Brian Pertl at the President’s home, 229 North Park Avenue, Saturday, June 8, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Academic Procession

Candidates for degrees will assemble no later than 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. More information about location is forthcoming. 

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 & Live Stream

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 (empirephotos.com), by phone (800-747-2941) or by email at customerservice@empirephotos.com. The ceremony will be streamed live and accessible via the Lawrence website.

Academic Caps and Gowns, Class Rings, Cards and Invitations

You may also order online now (collegegrad.herffjones.com) or by phone (800-837-4235). The website for orders closes at midnight on May 3. Orders placed after that time will be charged a late fee. Information about already-ordered invitations forthcoming. 

Cap and gown pickup will be June 5 and 6 from 10-4 p.m. Empire Photography will be on campus June 6 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.

19 Things to Know for Commencement 2019

Commencement Events

* Indicates the event will be live streamed at lawrence.edu

Friday, June 7, 2019

Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center
The Wellness Center will be open for your use on Friday,
June 7 from 8-4 p.m. You and your family will be
required to sign in at the Wellness Center.

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
Rain venue ticket distribution
Class photograph follows
Memorial Chapel

7:30 p.m.
Commencement Concert *
Featuring members of the Class of 2019
Memorial Chapel
Reception follows in Shattuck Hall, Room 163

Viking Room open until 2 a.m.
Memorial Hall

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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

11 a.m.
Baccalaureate Service *
A multifaith celebration of the spiritual journey of the class of 2019.  This service is designed by a group of seniors for all members of the class and their families.
Address by Constance Kassor, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Memorial Chapel

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Picnic for seniors, families, faculty and staff
Performance by the Lawrence University Grad Band
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 p.m.
Ice cream open house
Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
Sabin House, 739 Alton St.

Viking Room opens at 7 p.m.
Memorial Hall

Sunday, June 9, 2019

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

9:15 a.m.
Candidate assembly
Sidewalk west of Memorial Chapel
Rain site: Shattuck Hall

10 a.m.
Commencement exercises
Main Hall Green (plan for an open air event)
Rain Site: Memorial Chapel

Post-Commencement refreshments
Seeley G. Mudd Library Terrace
Rain site:  Warch Campus Center

Noon-4:00 p.m.
Senior Art Exhibition
Wriston Art Center Galleries


Watch the 2019 Commencement Ceremony LIVE!

The 2019 Commencement ceremony live stream will begin on Sunday, June 9 at 10 a.m.

Watch the 2019 Commencement Concert LIVE!

Graduating seniors from the class of 2019 are featured in the Commencement Concert.

The 2019 Commencement concert live stream will begin on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Commencement Concert

Watch the 2019 Baccalaureate Service LIVE!

A mutlifaith celebration of the spiritual journey of the class of 2019.

The 2019 Baccalaureate Service live stream will begin on Saturday, Jun 8 at 11 a.m.

Baccalaureate Service

General Information

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 Appleton Road 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: appletondowntown.org/getting-around/parking.

There is also university parking behind 320 E. College Avenue.

Accessible 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. 

Please note that Appleton’s annual Flag Day Parade will be held on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m.  Consequently, College Avenue will be closed between noon and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. At no time is parking permitted on College Avenue between Drew and Lawe Streets on Sunday, June 9.  Please comply with “no parking zone” and fire lane restrictions


Contact the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-236-6673 or foxcities.org 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 920-832-6525 OR commencement@lawrence.edu.