Commencement is a time of celebration. This page of our website provides details about this very special time in the lives of our students. It includes a schedule of events for August 22 and other information needed to help you plan your special day. Graduates will receive an email with more information about registering for the ceremony and ordering commencement attire, as needed.
All three in-person ceremonies will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. We will share the links here closer to the date of the ceremonies.
Due to limiting 2020 graduates to 2 guest tickets each, we know there will be demand for additional tickets.
Lakeland will not have any additional tickets, so graduates will need to work with their peers to get extra guest tickets
Visit the ticket swap page if you need extra tickets or have extra tickets to give away. You can then use this web resource to see who has extra tickets available and let people know you have extras.
Schedule of Activities
|Campus Shop Is Open||August 22|
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
|Campus Shop will be open. Graduates should pick up any graduation attire that has not been previously picked up/shipped.|
|Kellett Graduate Students Gather||August 22|
|Kellett Graduate (Master's) degree candidates gather in the Wehr Center Fieldhouse.|
|Taylor Memorial Field Opens for Kellett Graduate Ceremony||August 22|
|Taylor Memorial Field is open for Kellett Graduate (Master's) ceremony guests to be seated.|
|Kellett Graduate Ceremony Begins||August 22|
|Kellett Graduate (Master's) commencement ceremony on Taylor Field.|
|Kellett Undergraduate Students Gather||August 22|
|Kellett Undergraduate (Associate and Bachelor’s) degree candidates gather in the Wehr Center Fieldhouse.|
|Taylor Memorial Field Opens for Kellett Undergraduate Ceremony||August 22|
|Taylor Memorial Field is open for Kellett Undergraduate ceremony guests to be seated.|
|Kellett Undergraduate Ceremony Begins||August 22|
|Kellett Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Taylor Field.|
|Traditional Undergraduate Students Gather||August 22|
|Traditional Undergraduate (Associate and Bachelor's) degree candidates gather in the Wehr Center Fieldhouse.|
|Taylor Memorial Field Opens for Traditional Undergraduate Ceremony||August 22|
|Taylor Memorial Field is open for Traditional Undergraduate ceremony guests to be seated.|
|Traditional Undergraduate Ceremony Begins||August 22|
|Traditional Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Taylor Field.|
Am I Eligible to Participate?
Fall 2019 and spring 2020 graduates are eligible to participate in the 2020 commencement ceremony. Summer 2020 anticipated graduates who are registered for no more than 12 credits in the summer term for degree completion are also eligible to participate in the 2020 ceremony.
Summer 2020 anticipated graduates with 13 or more credits to complete and fall 2020 anticipated graduates will be eligible to participate in the May 2021 ceremony. Please work with your academic advisor to determine degree completion status.
Students are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony applicable upon completion of the first Lakeland degree at the associate or bachelor's degree level or for any master's degree earned.
Students are not eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony who have previously earned or are earning a second Lakeland degree at the associate or bachelor's level.
Also, students are not eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony who have returned to add new concentrations, emphases, minors, or majors to their original Lakeland degree at any level.
Caps & Gowns
Graduates will receive an email with more information about registering for the ceremony and ordering commencement attire, as needed.
All participating graduates are required to have full apparel (cap, gown, hood (graduate students)/stole (undergraduate students) and tassel).
Your graduation attire is yours to keep. The fabric lining of the graduate hood signifies the degree earned for Master's degree candidates.
graduates will be on the Taylor Field turf, please do not wear heels
for safety reasons. Flat shoes are recommended for the graduates to walk
on the turf field.
Campus Shop operating hours during the week of Commencement are available on in the "Schedule of Activities" section of this page.
Direct any questions regarding attire orders to the Campus Shop at 1-800-438-8398 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor's Degree candidates must have 48 credits in residence at Lakeland University earned or in progress and a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be eligible for academic honors.
Academic honor designations announced at the ceremony are based on the cumulative GPA for all coursework through the end of the fall 2019 term. Students eligible for academic honors are designated by wearing gold gowns during the ceremony.
Honors are not awarded to Associate or Master's Degree students.
Official honors designations are recorded on the academic transcript and diploma.
Master's degree candidates should assemble in full cap and gown between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the Wehr Center Fieldhouse for the 10 a.m. ceremony. Volunteers will be available to assist with hooding.
Associate and bachelor's degree Kellett School undergraduate candidates should assemble in full cap and gown between 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Wehr Center Fieldhouse for the 1 p.m. ceremony.
Associate and bachelor's degree traditional undergraduate candidates should assemble in full cap and gown between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Center Fieldhouse for the 4 p.m. ceremony.
Honor marshals and Lakeland staff members will be available to assist graduates in donning caps and gowns and answering questions. Please leave any purses or other items typically carried in a vehicle or with family/friends.
The line marshals will direct graduates to their seat on the Taylor Field. When graduates get to their seats, they should remain standing, turn to face the other graduates/faculty entering the field, rotating to the front as the faculty and the platform participants pass and take their places in the front. Remain standing until after the invocation. Caps are to be worn during the procession, the conferring of all degrees and awards and during the recession. Men are to remove their caps for the invocation, the National Anthem, the Alma Mater and the benediction. When in doubt about when to wear or remove your cap, follow the example of Lakeland President David Black.
Graduates receive diplomas in the mail, six to eight weeks after the term in which degree requirements are completed. Participants in the commencement ceremony will receive a diploma jacket, Commencement program and alumni pin.
In the event of severe inclement weather or a change of policy related to safe gatherings, we will hold virtual ceremonies during the times of the three in-person ceremonies. We will make a decision about moving the in-person ceremony to a virtual ceremony by no later than Noon on Friday, August 21. These ceremonies would be live streamed with the scheduled commencement speakers, and each student who registers to participate in our August 22 commencement will have his or her name read along with a photo and their degree on the screen.