Convocation Events

Spring 2020 Convocation Events

Below is a list of upcoming convocation credit-giving events. For a full list of events, see the calendar of events.

All events are in the Bradley Theatre unless noted.


Jan 28, 2020  //  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Convocation Speaker: Lee Neagle
  • We welcome back Lee, a 2003 Lakeland graduate with a degree in psychology, who has nearly two decades of experience with mental health treatment on a national scale, heading up and creating programs at treatment facilities across the country, with his most recent role being executive director of the Aloria Health Institute for Education and Research. He is an active lobbyist on Capitol Hill as an advocate for eating disorder treatment and is formally a board member of the Residential Eating Disorder Consortium. Lee also served on the advisory committee for the adoption of eating disorders standards with The Joint Commission. Lee has lectured nationally for the last several years on a wide range of topics including eating disorder awareness/identification, perfectionism, mindfulness and experiential therapies.


Feb 13, 2020  // 
7:00 pm

TEDxLakelandUniversity


Feb 14, 2020  //  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Bradley Art Gallery Opening
  • Studio Art Majors Senior Exhibit: Alyssa Gabrielse (on display until 3-18)

Feb 18, 2020  //  6:30 pm  //  Laun 209

The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar
  • Shaukhat Ali, executive director of Rohingya American Society in Milwaukee, will talk about the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar. Ali is from the first Rohingya refugee family to settle in Wisconsin, more than 15 years ago. Today he is the founder and executive director of the Rohingya American Society. In 2008, he was hired by the Catholic Charities' Refugee Resettlement program, becoming a key player in Rohingya settlement in Milwaukee. Ali also heads his own business as an interpreter. Ali is in regular touch with Rohingya groups across the country and makes trips back to Myanmar to advocate for the Rohingya.

    This program is presented as part of Lakeland's LU for REAL (Religious Education, Awareness and Literacy) series, which seeks to broaden students' understanding of different religious faiths and engender respect for diverse cultures..

Feb 22, 2020  //  7:00 pm

Essence of Heritage
  • This annual, popular student-organized event pays homage to black history and traditions through song, spoken word, dance and other programming.

Mar 1, 2020  //  3:00 pm

Winter Symphonic Band & Choir Concert
  • Welcome the band and choir back to campus from their spring tour during the annual homecoming concert.

Mar 4, 2020  //  6:30 pm  //  Laun 209

LU for REAL: Religious traditions of the Hmong
  • Sheboygan resident Xia Vue Yang will discuss religious traditions of the Hmong. Yang moved to Sheboygan in 1981 to work as a chemical engineer with Ametek/Pentair Water Treatment. He also owns/operates the Union International Market in Sheboygan and for 37 years was a volunteer radio DJ for a program popular with the Hmong American citizens in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties.

    This program is part of the LU for REAL series.

Mar 18, 2020  //  6:30 pm  //  Campus Center - Event Space (2nd Floor)

Rape Culture on Campus: We All Have a Role in Ending Sexual Violence
  • Meredith Minister, associate professor of religion and affiliate professor of gender and women's studies at Shenandoah University, will address what rape culture is and its effects on students. She is the author of "Rape Culture on Campus" and the coeditor of "Rape Culture and Religious Studies: Critical and Pedagogical Engagements." She has extensive training and experience in facilitating group discussions on difficult topics.

    This program is presented as part of the Ulrich Center's Conversations on Ethics and Justice series and this topic was selected due to high interest from Lakeland students.

Mar 24, 2020 // 11:00 am - 12:00 pm  //  Campus Center - Event Space (2nd Floor)

Mary Chung & Carlos Feller Guest Artist Recital
  • Chung and Feller perform as a musical duo featuring a variety of chamber literature, in particular 20th century music, for flute and piano. The couple has performed internationally in Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Switzerland.

Mar 31, 2020   //  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Founders' Day Lecture: Rev. Starsky Wilson
  • An annual celebration of the founding of Lakeland invites a thought leader to campus to speak. The Rev. Starsky Wilson is president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based grant making organization supporting a movement for child well-being in St. Louis. For a decade he pastored Saint John’s Church, an inter-racial, inner-city congregation. After the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., Wilson led the Ferguson Commission. In 2015, they released the ‘Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity’ Report, calling for sweeping changes in policing, the courts, child well-being and economic mobility.

Apr 2-4, 2020  //  7:30 pm

Spring Musical: "The Fantasticks"
  • The world’s longest-running musical tells the story of a wall and the two families on either side. Enter a world of moonlight and magic where a boy and a girl are tricked into falling in love by parents who stage a dangerous abduction, setting the scene for a heroic rescue. The deception weaves a tangled web which is painted through stunning and unforgettable music transcending cultural barriers.

Apr 3, 2020  //  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Bradley Art Gallery: Student Art Exhibition & Awards
  • This annual event is a celebration of the awesome artwork created by our students during the academic year. (on display until 5-4)


Apr 5, 2020  //  2:00 pm

Spring Musical: "The Fantasticks"
  • The world’s longest-running musical tells the story of a wall and the two families on either side. Enter a world of moonlight and magic where a boy and a girl are tricked into falling in love by parents who stage a dangerous abduction, setting the scene for a heroic rescue. The deception weaves a tangled web which is painted through stunning and unforgettable music transcending cultural barriers.

Apr 14, 2020  //  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Music Department Honors Recital
  • Come support your LU classmates in this special event featuring music majors/minors performing their solo literature for voice and instruments studied during the spring semester.

Apr 17, 2020  //  7:30 pm

International Night
  • A festive night of culture as our international students give us a taste of their homelands through music, dance and a variety of other performances. An annual highlight that’s not to be missed!

Apr 21, 2020  //  7:30 pm

Spring Symphonic Band & Chamber Orchestra Concert "Heroes"
  • Heroes come in many forms, from the superhuman heroes of fiction to the real life heroes who defend our freedoms. This concert explores music celebrating many of the heroes who inspire us. The program will include music from “Olympica” by Jan van der Roost and John Williams’ iconic “Hymn to the Fallen,” as well as works by Aaron Perrine, James Curnow and Alan Silvestri.

Apr 22, 2020

Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Day
  • A celebration of all things academic! The day kicks off in the Bradley Theatre with learnings from faculty to set the tone for research presentations from students in all academic areas.

Apr 26, 2020  //  3:00 pm

Spring Choir Concert


Apr 27, 2020
  //  7:00 pm

Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert “Big Band and Brews"
  • The Lakeland Jazz Ensemble will present a fun-filled program with both traditional big band standards and more contemporary numbers. Come join us in the Campus Center to have a drink, grab a bite and kick off the last week of classes with a relaxing evening of jazz.