Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am eligible to participate in this ceremony?
Fall 2014 graduates and anticipated spring 2015 graduates are eligible to participate in the May 3, 2015 commencement ceremony. Summer 2015 anticipated graduates with fewer than 13 credits remaining to degree completion are also eligible to participate in the May 3, 2015 ceremony. Summer anticipated graduates with 13 or more credits to complete are not eligible and will be invited to participate in the May 2016 ceremony. Also, students graduating in fall 2015 will be invited to participate in the May 2016 ceremony. Please work with your academic advisor to determine degree completion status.
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 adult education counselor 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 that you have been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (for undergraduates) or a master’s degree, by program (for graduate students). Majors and minors are not listed on the diploma. Your major is listed in the graduation program and on your 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 guest will be seated in this area. Please ask honor marshals for directions to this section. First aid services, provided by Plymouth EMTs, will be present during the commencement exercises. In addition, the college will have a limited number of wheelchairs on hand for emergency purposes.
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 attending the ceremony can become a health risk issue for the pet.
Is smoking allowed at Lakeland?
Smoking is not permitted in any college building. Smoking is permitted outdoors only.
Will there be any concessions available?
During the commencement ceremony, a variety of snacks and bottled water will be available for purchase at the Wehr Center concession stand. Please DO NOT bring your snacks into 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 Sunday, May 3, 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 worry 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
Can I purchase a class ring?
Class rings by Jostens and diploma frames by Framing Success are available through the Campus Shop. Stop in or call 800-438-8398 and they will send you a brochure. For more information, contact Deb Hausler in the Campus Shop at 800-438-8398 or e-mail .