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.