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graduation - Lakeland College

  • Baccalaureate

    As part of the celebration of your accomplishment, graduates and their guests are invited to join us Saturday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Ley Chapel for our annual Baccalaureate worship service. Everyone is invited and we are sensitive to the many different faith traditions on campus. 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 basement. Dress comfortably and casually to match the tone of the service. If graduates would like to wear their regalia, you are invited and encouraged to do so. If you plan to attend the baccalaureate service, please contact Chaplain Rob at or 920-565-2114 to reserve your spot. Also contact Chaplain Rob if you have any questions about the service, or if you would like to help plan/lead the service.

  • 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. Full instructions are on the website.

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

    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.

    Students who earned a Lakeland undergraduate degree previously are not eligible to participate in the 2015 ceremony.

    Students who previously earned a Lakeland College undergraduate degree and are now completing another major or minor under the PACE program are not eligible to participate in the ceremony. Students who previously have earned a Lakeland College undergraduate degree and are now completing a Lakeland College graduate degree are eligible to participate. Graduate students who completed a Lakeland College master's degree previously and are now completing another concentration are not eligible to participate.

    Please refer to the Schedule of Activities on the Lakeland College website for the Campus Shop operating hours during the week of Commencement.

    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

    For the morning ceremony, all graduate degree candidates should assemble in full cap and gown no later than 9:30 a.m. in the Woltzen Gym in the Wehr Center.

    For the afternoon ceremony, 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.

    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 program 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. Mortar boards are to be worn during the procession, the conferring of all degrees and awards and during the recession. Men are to remove their mortar boards 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 mortar board, follow the example of Lakeland President Dan Eck.

    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
    920-565-1041

    Parking
    Karen Westley
    920-565-1024 ext. 2173

    Cap and gown orders
    Deb Hausler, Campus Shop
    1-800-438-8398

    Tickets
    Mary Jo Jetzer
    920-565-1021 ext. 2121

  • 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

    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) 565-1219 or .

    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 .

  • Graduation

  • Important Dates and Schedule of Activities

     Schedule of Activities
    March 18 Deadline to register online for commencement and order your cap and gown.
    April 27-April 30 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Campus Shop in the Laun Center
    May 1 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Campus Shop
    May 2 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Campus Shop will be open.

    4:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service in Ley Chapel
    May 3 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus Shop will be open.

    8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch served in Bossard Hall, Younger Family Campus Center. $12 per person.

    9:30 a.m. Graduate degree candidates gather in the Woltzen Gym in the Wehr Center

    9:30 a.m. Fieldhouse is open for guests

    10:30 a.m. Graduate Commencement Ceremony in Wehr Center Fieldhouse

    11 a.m. Campus Pub open (closing at 6 p.m.)

    12:30 p.m. Bachelor's degree candidates gather in the Bradley Building

    12:45 p.m. Fieldhouse is open for guests

    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 the 2 p.m. Ceremony.
  • Lakeland College 2015 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 Sunday, May 3, and the day includes a number of activities as we gather to celebrate graduation. Our hope is that you will plan to join us for as many of the events as you can.

    If you have questions not addressed on this site or if your degree completion plans have changed, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 920-565-1041 or via email at .

    We look forward to seeing you and your family on campus on graduation weekend!

  • 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.

    Sheboygan

    AmericInn of Sheboygan
    http://www.americinn.com/

    • $69 all weekend

    Super 8 Sheboygan
    http://www.super8.com/
    1 Bed

    • Friday/Saturday - $54
    • Sunday - $53

    2 Bed

    • $58 per night

    Blue Harbor Resort
    http://blueharborresort.com/

    • $172.87 per night 

    Quality Inn
    http://www.qualityinn.com/

    • $75-$85 per night depending on room selection

    Days Inn & Suites
    http://www.daysinn.com/

    • Friday/Saturday - $89.90
    • Sunday- $79.90
    • Lakeland rate for 1-2 people - $75
    • $10 more per 2 people

    Grandstay
    http://www.grandstaysheboygan.com/

    • Friday/Saturday - $139.90
    • Sunday - $129.90

    Harbor Winds Hotel
    http://harbor-winds-hotel-sheboygan.magnusonhotels.com/

    • $72 per night

    Holiday Inn Express
    http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/reservation

    • $124 per night

    La Quinta
    http://www.lq.com/lq/

    • $56 per night

    Rochester Inn Bed and Breakfast
    http://www.rochesterinn.com/

    • Lakeland Rate - $129.50 per night

    Sleep Inn
    http://www.sleepinn.com/

    • Lakeland Rate - $64.99 per night

    Kohler

    The American Club
    http://www.americanclubresort.com

    • $314 per night

    Inn on Woodlake
    http://www.americanclubresort.com

    • $202 per night

    Elkhart Lake

    The Osthoff Resort
    http://www.osthoff.com/

    • 1 Bed - $137 per night
    • 2 Bed Master - $169 per night

    Siebken's Resort
    http://www.siebkens.com

    • Range from $95-$295 depending on room size

    Plymouth

    AmericInn of Plymouth
    http://www.americinn.com/

    • $95-$104 (plus tax) depending on room size

    Baymont Inn
    http://www.baymontinns.com/

    • $84.15 (plus tax)

    Plymouth Inn
    http://www.plyinn.com/

  • Parking

    There will be ample parking on Lakeland's campus for the graduate student commencement ceremony in the morning.

    For the afternoon undergraduate ceremony, in the event our lots become 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

    All guests who wish to attend either live commencement ceremony in the Wehr Center Fieldhouse must have a ticket to be admitted. Honor marshals will be taking tickets at the door.

    Each participating graduate can request up to four tickets by using the form below. Seating is located on the main floor, immediately behind the graduates, and in the bleachers. Your standard four tickets will be packaged with your cap and gown.

    If you need extra tickets, you're welcome to ask your fellow graduates if they have any extras. After April 14, if extra tickets remain, graduates can request additional tickets by contacting Mary Jo Jetzer at or 920-565-1021 ext. 2121. Your extra tickets will be available under your name on May 3 in the Wehr Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the graduate ceremony and at noon for the undergraduate ceremony. If the college has extra tickets remaining after May 1, they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on May 3 in the Wehr Center lobby beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the graduate ceremony and at noon for the undergraduate ceremony.

    If you have extra tickets, you can give them to another student who needs extras. Students at the main campus are asked to return extra tickets to Mary Jo Jetzer in the Laun Center, office 214. Students at the centers are asked to return extra tickets to your center.

    The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on a big screen in the Woltzen Gymnasium in the Wehr Center. Tickets will not be required for entry into the Woltzen Gym. Guests who do not have a ticket will be directed to watch the ceremony in the Woltzen Gym. Guests who have small children in a stroller or car seat should watch the ceremony in the Woltzen Gym.

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