2020 Virtual Commencement  

On Sunday, June 14, at 10:00 a.m. CDT, we gather to honor and celebrate the Lawrence University Class of 2020 at the first virtual Commencement in the history of Lawrence.

A Message from President Mark Burstein

In March, we announced that Lawrence would move to distance learning for the rest of this academic year. At that time, I promised that we would do our best to recognize your achievements and celebrate your graduation, even if we could not all be together on Main Hall Green. Over the last six weeks, we have been working closely with the Senior Class leaders to ensure that we celebrate you in a way that reflects the many contributions you have brought to Lawrence during your time on campus.

We will host a virtual ceremony on June 14, starting at 10 a.m. CDT, during which the names of all graduates will be read, and your accomplishments celebrated. Renowned poet and freshman studies favorite Natasha Trethewey will be your commencement speaker, and one of your classmates will address you as senior class speaker.

Watch President Burstein’s full remarks to the Class of 2020:


Information for Seniors

Seniors will have an opportunity to submit a photo to be featured in the virtual Commencement ceremony on June 14. More instructions, as well as additional information regarding caps and gowns, is available on the Information for Seniors web page.

We’re exploring several ways to involve graduates and families on social media, including our already available Facebook Profile Frames for the Class of 2020 and yard sign templates. Explore the 2020 Celebration Kit

Commencement Weekend Virtual Celebrations 

This year's Commencement celebrations are being held virtually. Please visit this page frequently for updates and final information.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Commencement Concert
7:30 p.m.
Find the Commencement Concert livestream and program here.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Baccalaureate Service
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Commencement Ceremony 
10:00 a.m.

All events will be broadcast live via go.lawrence.edu/commencement.
All listed times are Central Daylight Time.

Senior Art Exhibition 2020

Studio art major senior exhibitions are now available for viewing online

Celebrating the Class of 2020

Take part in celebrating the Class of 2020 the following ways:

  • Offer your congratulations during the ceremony using the live chat feature on YouTube. Go to Lawrence's YouTube channel and log into your Gmail or YouTube account to make a live comment for everyone to see.
  • Show your love on social media. Post on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LawrenceGrad to add you photo, video, or message to the collection of congratulations on a feed on this page (coming soon).
  • Check out the Celebration Kit to find Facebook profile frames, GIFs, a playlist, and more ways to celebrate our seniors.