Lakeland University will award degrees to more than 600 students on Saturday at the institution's 155th commencement.
A total of 645 students will graduate, including 447 undergraduates and 198 graduate students. A graduate student ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m., with an undergraduate ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., both in the Wehr Center fieldhouse on Lakeland's campus.
Both ceremonies will be streamed live via the internet at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/lc.
Additional details about the ceremony can be found at https://lakeland.edu/graduation.
This will be the school's first graduation ceremony as Lakeland University; the institution adopted this new name on July 1, 2016.
Lakeland offers classes at its main campus in Sheboygan County and through its Evening, Weekend and Online program with seven centers in Wisconsin.
Michael Lanser, a veteran leader of the regional higher education landscape, will deliver the commencement address at the graduate ceremony. Lanser will retire this summer following nearly 30 years of service at Lakeshore Technical College, including 13 years as president.
Lanser will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
The Rev. John McFadden, a Lakeland trustee emeritus, will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony. McFadden, who served on the Lakeland board for two decades, writes and speaks extensively about aging, spirituality and dementia.
John and his wife, Susan McFadden, will each be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoring their work in aging and their commitment to the community.
Under Lanser's leadership, LTC expanded education options for students in areas such as wind energy and nuclear technology, agribusiness, advanced manufacturing and hospitality, including the creation of the Lakeshore Culinary Institute.
Three times, Lanser has guided LTC to placement among the Top 150 Community Colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute, which honors institution that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students.
Lanser serves on a number of local, state and national boards. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota, a master's and educational specialist degrees from Truman State University and his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.
John and Susan McFadden are co-authors of "Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship and Flourishing Communities."
In retirement, John has served as volunteer chaplain for two years at an extended care facility, with a particular focus on pastor presence to persons with advanced dementia, and five years as workplace chaplain for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.
He previously served as senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Christ in Appleton, Wis. His board experience includes serving as the president of Goodwill Industries' board as well as on the board for the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Community.
John joined the Lakeland Board of Trustees in 1995. He served on the Academic & Student Affairs Committee for a number of years, before assuming the chair in 2012. He also served on the board's executive committee for the last four years of his tenure as a trustee.
A prolific writer and researcher, Susan McFadden is professor emerita of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she taught from 1985-2012.
In retirement, she continues to work with faculty colleagues, undergraduates and graduate students on research related to dementia, and she's authored a number of white papers. In 2011, Susan helped establish the Fox Valley Memory Project (FVMP), an organization that offers programs and services for people living with dementia.
Susan and John facilitate one of the seven monthly FVMP Memory Cafes, events that offer two hours of enjoyable stigma-free social connection for people with dementia and their care partners.