Dear Lawrence Community,
I write to share important changes to Lawrence’s 2019 Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 9.
The venue for this year’s Commencement ceremony has been changed to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Downtown Appleton. The time of Commencement will remain as scheduled: 10 a.m. CDT. This change is required due to an unexpected complication with the Commencement tents and the condition of Main Hall Green resulting from an unscheduled infrastructure repair. We are confident that the PAC will deliver an excellent experience as we gather to celebrate the Class of 2019.
Seating capacity in the PAC’s Thrivent Hall, where the ceremony will be held, requires us to issue free tickets, which are free of charge, for in-person attendees. Each graduate will be issued 4 general admission tickets for their guests to be seated in Thrivent Hall. Graduates and faculty and staff who are a part of the Commencement procession do not need tickets. A web form to claim tickets will be sent directly to graduates in the coming days. Any unclaimed tickets will be made available to graduates on a first-come, first-served basis on or after May 15.
For those individuals who do not have a ticket, general admission seating will be available in the PAC’s Kimberly-Clark Theatre, where the event will be live-streamed. The livestream will also be available via the Commencement website at go.lawrence.edu/commencement.
We recognize that this news will impact the plans that many members of our community have already made for Commencement weekend, and we apologize for any inconvenience this change will cause. We will do all that we can to ensure that the weekend will be a memorable one for graduates and their families.
Please be sure to visit—and bookmark—go.lawrence.edu/commencement for current information. We will continue to update all relevant information, including a Commencement FAQ, on this page as it becomes available. If you have any questions regarding these changes or Commencement in general, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-832-6525.
The Lawrence community looks forward to celebrating the Class of 2019 during the entire weekend of events.