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  • Baccalaureate

    It's time to celebrate and give thanks! Graduates and their guests are invited to join us on Sunday morning in the Bradley Building for our annual Baccalaureate worship service. The service is open to everyone and we are sensitive to the many different faith traditions on campus. Seating will begin at 9 a.m. and the 45-minute service begins at 9:30. Family and friends are all invited to join us. Dress comfortably and casually.

  • Caps and Gowns

    Academic attire must be purchased from the Campus Shop and will be ordered for all participating graduates. The cap, gown, hood, tassel and any honor cords you have earned will be yours to keep. Note that honors are not awarded for students earning a master's degree.

    The cost for bachelor's degree recipients is:

    • $54 (tax included) - This includes cap, gown, hood and tassel
    • $8 (tax included) - Cap only
    • $26 (tax included) - Gown only
    • $24 (tax included) - Hood only
    • $5 (tax included) - Tassel only

    The cost for master's degree recipients is:

    • $58 (tax included) - This includes cap, gown, hood and tassel.
    • $8 (tax included) - Cap only
    • $28 (tax included) - Gown only
    • $26 (tax included) - Hood only
    • $5 (tax included) - Tassel only

    Your hood lining and tassel color are designated by your major.

    Your cap, gown and hood can be picked up in the Campus Shop during commencement week. Please refer to the schedule of activities for hours of operation. Please pick up your attire with enough time to iron your gown. (A limited number of irons will be available in the Campus Center on May 4.)

    Do not return your academic attire to the Campus Shop, as it is yours to keep.

    For more information about caps and gowns, after your order has been placed, contact Deb Hausler in the Campus Shop at 800-438-8398 or e-mail .

  • Commencement Ceremony

    All degree candidates should assemble Sunday in full cap and gown no later than 1:15 p.m. Bachelor's degree candidates should report to the Bradley Building, and master's degree candidates to the Chase Science Center. You will line up in alphabetical order according to last name. Detailed instructions will be available at Sunday's 10:30 a.m. rehearsal. Honor marshals will be available to assist you in donning your cap and gown and in finding your place in line.

    At 1:50 p.m., 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 College President Dan Eck.

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

    Jeffrey Selingo will deliver the commencement address.

  • Contact Us

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

    Academics/Graduation Ceremony
    Registrar's Office

    Cap and Gown Orders
    Deb Hausler

    Karen Westley

    Ann Gutoski

    Extra tickets
    Deb Fale

  • 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 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 1-2 months 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, minors and honors are not listed on the diploma. Your major and honors are 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 up to one other 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.

    What happens after the commencement ceremony?

    A President’s Reception for all students, their families and guests, faculty and staff will be held in the Woltzen Gym following Commencement.

    Is there a rehearsal for the commencement ceremony?

    Yes, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 4. Attending the rehearsal is strongly encouraged. If you cannot attend, please seek the counsel of and/or follow the example of someone who did. Also, your line marshals and the commencement marshal will be signaling moves, so be alert to instructions from them.

    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 4, at the Campus Center front desk. Lakeland's National Senior Honor Society, The Mortar Board, will sell roses as a fundraiser for their organization. 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/video?

    Let us take your special pictures and video 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 .

    A DVD of the complete ceremony will be available for purchase for $20. Order forms for the video will be mailed with tickets, or contact Brian Andrews Video Productions at 920-565-2169 or to order a copy.

    These services are 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

  • Graduation Celebration Brunch

    The May 4 graduation celebration brunch, hosted by the Lakeland College Alumni Association, is an opportunity for all graduates and their guests to join together in celebration with fellow graduates, faculty and staff members.

    The brunch starts at 10:45 a.m. and continues through 1 p.m. The graduation brunch will occur in three seatings. 
    Seating One 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Seating Two 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Seating Three 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Seating is unassigned.

    Graduates are guests of the Alumni Association and may attend the event at no cost. The cost for guests is $15 per adult or $7 per child under 12. Online reservations are now closed, however brunch can be purchased the morning of graduation in the lower level of the Younger Family Campus Center. Remember, the graduate is our guest for brunch and your complimentary ticket can also be picked up in the lower level of the Younger Family Campus Center.


    • Breakfast Strata with Egg, Cheese, Vegetables and Ham
    • Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
    • Turkey Sausage
    • Thick Cut French Toast with Warm Maple Syrup, Strawberries and Whipped Cream Topping
    • Chef Carved Honey Baked Virginia Ham
    • Roasted Yukon Potatoes with Sautéed Vegetables
    • Side Salads
    • Fresh Fruit
    • Danishes, Muffins and Sweets

  • Important Dates and Schedule of Activities

     Schedule of Activities
    March 21 Deadline to return forms in order to participate in commencement and to order your cap and gown.
    April 25 Deadline to register for Graduation Celebration Brunch
    April 28 - May 1 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Campus Shop in the Laun Center
    May 2 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Campus Shop
    May 3 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Caps and gowns may be picked up at the Campus Shop
    6 p.m. Campus Pub open (closing at 2 a.m.)
    May 4 8 a.m. Daily Grind Coffee Shop open (closing at 2 p.m.)
    8 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus Shop open
    9:30-10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Service in Bradley Theatre
    10:30-11 a.m. Graduation Rehearsal in Wehr Center Fieldhouse
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. Graduation Celebration Brunch: Bossard Hall
    The brunch starts at 10:45 a.m. and continues through 1 p.m. Graduates are guests of the Alumni Association and may attend the event at no cost. The cost for guests is $15 per adult or $7 per child under 12. Brunch can be purchased the morning of graduation in the lower level of the Younger Family Campus Center.
    11 a.m. Campus Pub open (closing at 6 p.m.)
    1:15 p.m. Bachelor's degree candidates gather in the Bradley Building and master's degree candidates gather in Chase to line up for commencement
    2 p.m. 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 Commencement Ceremony.
  • Lakeland College 2014 Commencement

    Commencement is a time of celebration. This website will provide details you need to plan for this very special time in the lives of our students.

    Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, and the day includes a number of activities as we gather to celebrate your college 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 by the information at this site or if your degree completion plans have changed, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 920-565-1216 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.


    AmericInn of Sheboygan

    • $69 all weekend

    Super 8 Sheboygan
    1 Bed

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

    2 Bed

    • $58 per night

    Blue Harbor Resort

    • $172.87 per night 

    Quality Inn

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

    Days Inn & Suites

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


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

    Harbor Winds Hotel

    • $72 per night

    Holiday Inn Express

    • $124 per night

    La Quinta

    • $56 per night

    Rochester Inn Bed and Breakfast

    • Lakeland Rate - $129.50 per night

    Sleep Inn

    • Lakeland Rate - $64.99 per night


    The American Club

    • $314 per night

    Inn on Woodlake

    • $202 per night

    Elkhart Lake

    The Osthoff Resort

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

    Siebken's Resort

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


    AmericInn of Plymouth

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

    Baymont Inn

    • $84.15 (plus tax)

    Plymouth Inn

    • No vacancy
  • Parking

    Parking on campus for baccalaureate and commencement will be at a premium. We expect there will be no on-campus parking available after 11 a.m. on Sunday. 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 9:30 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.

    If you plan to arrive at the college after 11 a.m., do not drive to the campus. Instead, go directly to Howards Grove High School. The 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 920-565-1512 or .

  • Tickets and Seating

    All guests who wish to attend the 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 will receive tickets in their cap & gown package. Seating is located on the main floor, immediately behind the graduates, and in the bleachers. The bleacher seats offer the best view of the ceremony.

    If you have extra tickets, you can give them to another student who needs extras, return your extras to Debra Fale at the Nash Center on the main campus or return them to your center.

    If you need extra tickets, you're welcome to ask your fellow graduates if they have any extras. In the event that extra tickets remain, graduates can obtain up to six additional tickets by contacting Debra Fale at after April 14. Please include the address where you would like the extra tickets mailed.

    If extra tickets remain after May 3, they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on May 4 at the Wehr Center beginning at noon.

    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.

    The Wehr Center will be open at 12 p.m. Please encourage your guests to be seated by 1:45 p.m.

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