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 under the tent on Sunday, June 9.  Seating opens at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome.  No tickets will be distributed. 

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.

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. Caps and gowns are not needed for rehearsal. A class photograph will be taken.

Senior Picnic

The university invites members of the graduating class, their families, faculty, and staff to a picnic on Main Hall Green on Saturday, June 8, 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 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 on the walk east of the Memorial Chapel no later than 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 9.  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 & 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 web page.

Lawrence will also provide a designated area for guests to take photographs during the ceremony. Please be considerate: use the space provided to avoid crowding the stage or aisles and please limit your time to allow other families to take photographs of their graduates.

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 17 and 18 from 10 - 4 p.m. You may also place our 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.

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.

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
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
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 p.m.
Ice cream open house
Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
Sabin House, 739 Alton St.

Viking Room opens at 8 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 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 2019 Commencement Ceremony LIVE!

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

The Commencement Concert (Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.) and Baccalaureate Service (Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m.) will also be live streamed.

General Information


Note: 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.

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.

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 the Office of the President at 920-832-6525 OR to deanofstudents@lawrence.edu, 920-832-6596.

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