Frequently Asked Questions

Please check this FAQ and the main Commencement web page regularly, as new information will be posted as it becomes available.

How can I watch the Commencement ceremony?
The Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on the Lawrence website. The ceremony starts at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Sunday, June 14. Stay tuned to for more details.  

Will other events be broadcast live over the weekend? 
A Conservatory Concert will be broadcast live on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. CDT, and a Baccalaureate ceremony will be broadcast live on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. CDT. All will be available on the Commencement webpage, and archived recordings will be posted after the events.  

Will these livestreams be available outside of the United States? 
Yes. The ceremony will be livestreamed via our YouTube channel and will be available to individuals in all countries who have access to YouTube. An archived recording of the ceremony will also be available after the live event.  

Will the ceremony be archived for future viewing? 
Yes, the virtual Commencement 2020 ceremony will be archived on the University’s YouTube channel shortly after the ceremony is complete.

Will there be opportunities for seniors and families to share in the celebration of our graduates? 
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. Follow this link and search “lawrenceuni” to find two frame options. Stay tuned for a social media kit at

Will I receive a diploma? And when? 
Yes, all graduates will receive an official diploma. In fact, they will receive two: a digital diploma will be emailed to graduates the week after the Commencement ceremony, and the print diploma will be mailed to graduates later in the month of June. A diploma cover is being mailed to all graduates in advance of the Commencement ceremony.

Do I need a cap and gown? 
The University is sending each graduate a cap and tassel in advance of the Commencement ceremony, and the Lawrence University Alumni Association is offering to purchase gowns for all graduates. You can order your gown here: Please know that all gowns must be ordered by May 14 in order for them to arrive by June 14.

Graduates are encouraged to share photos of themselves in their caps and gowns (if available) with the University for inclusion in the virtual Commencement ceremony. 

Will there be a Commencement program? 
Yes. We will produce a Commencement program just as we have in years past, and the program will be mailed to graduates after the virtual ceremony.  

Will my honors be recognized? 
As in year’s past, your honors will be recognized in the Commencement program and on individual diplomas and transcripts. 

Will I receive cords? 
While the university does not provide cords or stoles, these items may be provided by individual Honor Societies, other student groups or organizations symbolizing their membership or achievements.

Will an on-campus ceremony for the Class of 2020 be held in the future? 
In addition to surveying the Class of 2020, the University has worked closely with the Senior Class leadership team to best determine how to celebrate the Class of 2020 on-campus when we're able to do so. Most seniors responded that they would like to return to campus in June 2021, in association with the University’s annual Reunion celebrations. We are currently working to finalize these plans for Reunion, and we will share them with the Class as soon as we have more information. 

Will the Class of 2020 ever get to walk across the Commencement stage?
We understand how important it is for every senior to be able to walk across the Commencement stage. Please know that this important milestone is being considered as part of our plans for the on-campus celebration in 2021, although final details have yet to be determined. More information will be shared as it becomes available.