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  • Baccalaureate

    As part of the celebration of your accomplishment, graduates and their guests are invited to join us Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in Laun 209 for our annual Baccalaureate worship service. Please let us know if you plan to attend when you register for commencement. Everyone is invited, as we are sensitive to the many different faith traditions among students and their families. It's simply a time to reflect and enjoy all of the great things we've been given during our time at Lakeland. The 30-minute service will be followed by a champagne reception in the rotunda. If graduates would like to wear their cap and gown, they are invited and encouraged to do so.

  • Caps and Gowns

    All participating graduates are required to have full apparel (cap, gown, hood and tassel). Please follow this link to purchase your attire from the Campus Shop.

    Your graduation attire, along with any honor cords earned, are yours to keep. Please note that honors are not awarded to associate or master's degree candidates. Your hood lining and tassel color are determined by your major, associate or master's degree.

    Campus Shop operating hours during the week of Commencement are available on this page.

    Questions regarding attire orders may be directed to Deb Hausler at the Campus Shop at 1-800-438-8398 or by email at .

  • Commencement Ceremonies

    Graduates register to be part of commencement here.

    For the morning ceremony, all master's degree candidates should assemble in full cap and gown no later than 9:30 a.m. in the Bradley Building.

    For the afternoon ceremony, associate and bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in full cap and gown no later than 12:30 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building.

    Candidates will line up in alphabetical order according to last name. Master's degree candidates will line up alphabetically within their academic discipline. Honor marshals and Lakeland staff members will be available to assist you in donning your cap and gown, finding your place in line and answering questions. Please leave any purses or other items typically carry in your vehicle or with family/friends.

    Shortly before your ceremony begins, the line marshals and the commencement marshal will direct the lines to the seats in the Wehr Center gymnasium, where the commencement ceremony will be held. Please do not rush; walk slowly and in a dignified manner, with a distance of approximately eight feet (four steps) between pairs of marchers.

    The line marshals will direct you to your seat. When you are at your seat, remain standing, turn and face the back of the room, rotating to the front as the faculty and the platform participants pass and take their places in the front and on the platform. 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 singing of 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.

    Diplomas will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after the term in which degree requirements are completed. Participants in commencement will receive a diploma jacket when crossing the stage during the ceremony.

  • Contact Us

    Use the following list to determine the person to contact with your graduation-related questions:

    Academics/Graduation Ceremony
    Registrar's Office

    Karen Westley
    920-565-1024 ext. 2173

    Cap and gown orders
    Deb Hausler, Campus Shop

    Mary Jo Jetzer
    920-565-1021 ext. 2121

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is my GPA?

    This information cannot be given out over the phone or via email. Please stop in the Registrar's Office to inquire in person. Evening, Weekend and Online students can ask their academic advisor in person.

    What should I wear?

    If it's a warm day, guests should be mindful that it can become very warm in the Wehr Center during the commencement ceremony. Guests are encouraged to dress for both the event and the weather.

    When will I receive my diploma? What will my diploma say?

    You will receive your diploma in the mail after the term in which your degree requirements are completed. Diplomas are generally mailed six to eight weeks after term completion, provided a student’s requirements have been met and the student account is free of any holds. The diploma states your name and indicates the type of degree you have been awarded. Majors and minors are not listed on the diploma. Your major is listed in the graduation program and on your academic transcript.

    Is there a viewing area for people in wheelchairs?

    A reserved area with limited space for guests requiring wheelchairs is available. Guests in wheelchairs and one accompanying guest will be seated in this area. Please ask honor marshals for assistance to this section.

    What if there's a medical emergency?

    First aid services, provided by trained professionals, will be available if needed during the commencement exercises.

    Is there a rehearsal for the commencement ceremony?

    No. Please click here for instructions.

    Should we bring our family pet along?

    Please leave your pets at home. Since the weather in May can sometimes be unseasonably warm, leaving pets unattended while at the ceremony can become a health risk issue for the pet.

    Is smoking allowed at Lakeland?

    Smoking is not permitted in any Lakeland building. Smoking is permitted outdoors only.

    Will there be any food available?

    From 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., lunch will be available in Bossard Hall, Younger Family Campus Center. Cost is $9 and $6 for children ages 5-11. During both commencement ceremonies, a variety of snacks and bottled water will be available for purchase at the Wehr Center concession stand. Food will not be allowed in the fieldhouse.

    Will you have flowers to purchase?

    It is a tradition to present graduates with a bouquet of flowers following the ceremony. We will have beautiful bouquets of roses available on campus on graduation day, in the Wehr Center. A designated Lakeland student organization will sell roses as a fundraiser. Roses will be sold by the dozen and half-dozen, at $25 and $18 respectively. If you plan on presenting your graduate with flowers, please consider buying them on campus.

    Where should I stand to get pictures?

    Let us take your special pictures for you!

    Professional photographers will capture the moment of each graduate being presented his/her diploma. A proof of this photo will be emailed to each participant by Empire Photography a few weeks after the ceremony and additional copies may be ordered. Contact Empire at 800-747-2941, 608-257-2941 or .

    This service is provided so there is one less thing for you to think about during this busy time. The area near the stage can become quite congested with photographers, so your family and friends will have a difficult time getting a photo of you receiving your diploma. There will be ample opportunities for you to get pictures and video following the ceremony.

    Will Lakeland send news of my graduation to my hometown newspaper?

    Lakeland distributes a news release listing names of local graduates to the newspapers listed below. If you are from one of the regions served by one of these papers, they will receive your name as part of our news release. (Please note that larger dailies such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Chicago Tribune/Sun-Times, do not publish graduation lists):

    • The Sheboygan Press
    • Appleton Post Crescent
    • Oshkosh Northwestern
    • Fond du Lac Reporter
    • Green Bay Press Gazette
    • Milw. suburban papers (CNI papers)
    • Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)
    • The Capital Times (Madison)
    • Chippewa Falls Herald
    • Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
    • Stevens Point Journal
    • Marshfield Herald
    • Wausau Daily News

    If you have questions, or need assistance in developing a news release to send to your community newspaper, contact David Gallianetti in the communications office at (920) 565-1119 or .

    Can I purchase a class ring?

    Class rings by Jostens and diploma frames by Framing Success are available through the Campus Shop. For more information, contact Deb Hausler in the Campus Shop at 800-438-8398 or e-mail to request a brochure. A Josten's representative will be available on May 6 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. outside the Campus Shop in the Campus Center.

    I have young children coming to graduation – do they really need a ticket to being in the Fieldhouse for the ceremony?

    Yes. We have a set number of people who can be in the Fieldhouse for safety purposes.

  • Graduation

  • Graduation Registration Form

    The deadline to register for graduation and order your cap and gown has passed. To see if you can still participate, please email Registrar Amanda Hruska at .

  • Important Dates and Schedule of Activities

     Schedule of Activities
    Friday, March 24 Deadline to register online for commencement and order your cap and gown.
    Mon.-Thurs., May 1-4 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Campus Shop in the Laun Center
    Friday, May 5 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus Shop will be open.
    6 p.m. Baccalaureate Service in Laun 209
    Saturday, May 6 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus Shop will be open
    9:30 a.m. Graduate (Master's) degree candidates gather in the Bradley Building
    9:30 a.m. Fieldhouse is open for Graduate ceremony guests to be seated
    10:30 a.m. Graduate commencement ceremony in Wehr Center Fieldhouse
    10:30 a.m. Lunch served in Bossard Hall, Younger Family Campus Center ($8 ages 12+, $5 ages 5-11)
    11 a.m. 1862 Lounge open (closing at 6 p.m.)
    12:30 p.m. Undergraduate (Associate and Bachelor's) degree candidates gather in the Bradley Building
    12:30 p.m. Fieldhouse is open for Undergraduate ceremony guests to be seated
    2 p.m. Undergraduate Commencement ceremony in Wehr Center Fieldhouse
    A president's reception for all students, their families and guests, faculty and staff will be held in the Woltzen Gym following each ceremony.
  • Lakeland University 2017 Commencement

    Commencement is a time of celebration. This website will provide details about this very special time in the lives of our students.

    Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017. The day is comprised of a number of activities as we gather to celebrate graduation.

    This website includes a schedule of events for the weekend and provides the ability to register as a participant in the commencement ceremony and to order your cap and gown.

  • Lodging

    If you need overnight accommodations for commencement weekend, please refer to the list of area hotels, motels and resorts on this page.

    Rates may vary based on your specific situation — contact hotels for details.


    AmericInn of Sheboygan

    • $89 per night LU rate

    Super 8 Sheboygan

    • $62.10 plus tax per night

    Blue Harbor Resort

    • $159-179 plus tax per night 

    Quality Inn

    • $79 per night LU rate

    Days Inn & Suites

    • $67.90 per night LU rate


    • 1-bed suite: $89.90 per night
    • 2 queen bed: $109.90 per night

    Harbor Winds Hotel

    • $89 plus tax per night

    Holiday Inn Express

    • $154 plus tax per night

    La Quinta

    • $61 per night when mentioning LU rate

    Sleep Inn

    • $89-104 per night


    The American Club

    • $210 and higher plus tax and fees per night, subject to change

    Inn on Woodlake

    • $152 and higher plus tax and fees per night, subject to change

    Elkhart Lake

    The Osthoff Resort

    • $175 per night LU rate

    Siebken's Resort

    • deluxe room: $139 per night
    • condos: $175-315 per night


    AmericInn of Plymouth

    • 1 bed: $89 per night
    • 2 bed: $94 per night

    Baymont Inn

    • $94 plus tax per night

    Plymouth Inn

  • Parking

    There will be ample parking on Lakeland's campus for the graduate (master's degrees) commencement ceremony in the morning.

    For the afternoon undergraduate (associate and bachelor's degrees) ceremony, we anticipate the parking lots at Lakeland becoming full. We have made arrangements with Howards Grove High School for all Lakeland commencement participants and guests to use their large parking lot. We will have shuttle buses running from the parking area to the campus every 10 to 15 minutes, beginning at 11 a.m. These shuttle buses will then return guests to the high school parking lot after the commencement ceremony and post-graduation festivities. The last shuttle will leave Lakeland at 6:30 p.m.

    Howards Grove High School is located on the west side of Highway 42, just east and south of County Highway A. (About 3 miles from the campus.)

    Handicapped parking will be available on campus, immediately adjacent to the Wehr Center, for all properly identified vehicles.

    For more information on parking, contact Karen Westley at 920-565-1024 ext. 2173 or .

  • Tickets and Seating

    As a result of registering to attend the ceremony, each participating undergraduate will receive four guest tickets with their cap and gown package. Each guest attending the undergraduate ceremony will need a ticket to enter the fieldhouse to watch the ceremony, regardless of age. Seating is located on the main floor immediately behind the graduates, and in the bleachers.

    A live video of the ceremony will also be shown in the Woltzen Gym. No tickets are needed to watch the broadcast. Please note, tickets are not needed to attend the morning graduate ceremony. Some participants may want tickets for additional guests. You're welcome to ask your fellow participants if they have extra tickets to share or, if you are not using all four issued to you, share them with others.

    If additional tickets are still available, an invitation will be sent to the Lakeland email of all undergraduate ceremony participants on Friday, March 31, to enter a drawing for any remaining tickets. If no tickets remain, the drawing will not be held and additional guests would then be invited to view the ceremony in the Woltzen Gym.

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