Convocation Events

2021-2022 Lakeland 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. As a COVID-19 precaution, the theatre will operate at 75% capacity until further notice.

September 2021

  • 2 – Opening Convocation, 11 a.m.
    • Our annual celebration of the start the academic year. This year's featured speaker is 2008 Lakeland graduate Kempton Freeman, cultural advisor for the Appleton Area School District.
  • 16 – Constitution Day Lecture: Sheboygan County Circuit Court Judge Samantha Bastil-"Are Constitutional Rights Different on College Campuses for Students?", 11 a.m.
  • 24 – Bradley Gallery Exhibit: Erica Huntzinger – Abstract Paintings Art Exhibit Reception/Convocation, 4:30 p.m.
    • Huntzinger, a Sheboygan resident, will be on hand to discuss her work. She is a veteran of numerous show throughout the country, mainly in her home state of Illinois and Chicago. Learn more at

October 2021

  • 1 – The Hook Up, 6 p.m.
    • The Hook Up begins with a conversation on how gender stereotypes contribute to rape culture and harm survivors. The program unpacks the practice of hooking-up, and identifies the differences between healthy hook-ups, regretted hook-ups and sexual assault. We will get you talking, sharing and laughing about the behaviors, stereotypes and cultural attitudes that contribute to these social issues.
  • Postponed – New date will be shared when finalized – Mission House Lecture, 11 a.m.
  • 9 – Lakeland Choir and Jazz Ensemble Concert, 3 p.m.
  • 21 – TEDxLU, 7:30 p.m.
    • Through the theme Innovation, Lakeland presents an evening with speakers that present new ideas, products, systems, methods, etc.
  • 22 – Violence and Silence, 3-4:30 p.m., Wehr Center Fieldhouse
    • Jackson Katz, Ph.D., will speak about gender, gender violence and the bystander approach. The Ulrich Center, Lakeland athletics, student activities and residence life have worked together to make this program happen. Katz is an educator, author and global thought leader renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He is co-founder of the multi-racial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and beyond. MVP was the first large-scale gender violence prevention initiative in sports culture and the U.S. military, and the program that introduced the "bystander" approach to the field. He is the founder and president of MVP Strategies, which provides sexual harassment and gender violence prevention training for small and large corporations, educational institutions and community organizations.
  • 28 – ComedySportz, 7 p.m.
    • Comedy Sportz is a comedy show played as a sport. You'll see one referee and two teams of players competing against each other in improv games based on the suggestions of the fans watching. Everything is made up totally on the spot. Join us for a hilarious night.

November 2021

  • 4 – Great Lakes Writers' Festival, 11 a.m.
    • Lakeland's annual celebration of the written word will feature readings from guest authors Ryan Ireland and Cathryn Cofell. Learn more at
  • 9 – Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration, 6 p.m., Campus Center Event Space
  • 11-14 – Fall Play: "No Power Tools," November 11-13, 7:30 p.m; November 14, 2 p.m.
    • This original play by Lakeland Theatre Director Charlie Krebs examines the romantic and professional choices made by a group of technical theatre majors in a state university back east.
  • 12 – Bradley Gallery Exhibit: Senior Exhibit: Fall Graduates: Nao Takahashi and other artists TBA: Reception/Convocation, 4:30 p.m.
  • 23 – Music Department Student Recital, 11 a.m.
  • 30 – Humanities & Fine Arts Colloquium, 11:15 a.m.
    • Successful Lakeland graduates who earned degrees in this area of study will return to campus to share their stories and advice with current students.

December 2021

  • 1 – Business & Entrepreneurship Colloquium, 11:15 a.m.
    • Successful Lakeland graduates who earned degrees in this area of study will return to campus to share their stories and advice with current students.
  • 2 – Lessons from Students, 11 a.m.
    • Students enrolled in the Advanced Public Speaking course will present individual speeches on "How to Pursue a Life Worth Living."
  • 3 – Science, Technology & Education Colloquium, 11:15 a.m.
    • Successful Lakeland graduates who earned degrees in this area of study will return to campus to share their stories and advice with current students.
  • 4 – Christmas at Lakeland, 7 p.m.
    • Lakeland's annual celebration of the Christmas season, featuring performances by LU's various instrumental and vocal ensembles.

February 2022

  • 15 – Founders' Day Lecture, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center Event Space
    • Pardeep S. Kaleka, executive director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, a de-radicalization expert and a trauma-focused clinical therapist, will lead a discussion on how extremism and international/domestic terrorism have seldom been addressed nor understood from a public health lens. His talked is entitled "Hurt People, Hurt People."
  • 25 – Essence of Heritage, 7 p.m., Campus Center Event Space
    • This annual, student-organized event pays homage to Black history and traditions through song, spoken word, dance and other programming.
  • 26 – Lakeland Choir and Symphonic Band Concert, 3 p.m.

March 2022

  • Spring Musical: "Once Upon a Mattress," March 31-April 2, 7:30 p.m.; April 3, 2 p.m.
    • This musical comedy is based on fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" where princesses are being auditioned for young Prince Dauntless to marry.

April 2022

  • 1 – Bradley Gallery Exhibit: Annual Art Student Exhibition Reception/Convocation/Award Ceremony, 4:30 p.m.
  • 6 – Spring Ethics Conversation: "What's All the Fuss About? A Conversation about Critical Race Theory", 6:30 p.m., Campus Center Event Space
  • 9 – International Night, 7:30 p.m.
    • This annual event is a celebration of the cultures of students attending Lakeland. Sponsored by LU Global Student Association.
  • 12 – Music Department Student Recital, 7:30 p.m.
  • 19 – Lakeland Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m.
  • 20 – Lakeland University Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, 9:30 a.m.
    • A celebration of academics that gives dozens of students in all the university's academic programs an opportunity to discuss research they've conducted this school year.
  • 20 – VOX Chorale, 7:30 p.m.
    • VOX is a Sheboygan-based women's vocal group that explores world culture through the realms of folk, rock, pop, blues and gospel. Learn more at
  • 23 – Lakeland Choir and Orchestra Concert, 3 p.m.
  • 25 – THIS EVENT IS CANCELED: Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Other events

  • International Night, date/time TBA.