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Alumni and Friends

Do you want to attend or volunteer?

Please contact Suzanne Nyren at 847-735-6025 or nyren@lakeforest.edu.

Traffic/Construction Updates

Be sure to check local traffic and construction information the morning of Commencement to ensure that you arrive on time. We recommend checking the Illinois Department of Transportation site.


Please enter 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, Illinois 60035 into your GPS when traveling to Ravinia for precise directions to the general parking lot. Your GPS will give you directions to our special accommodations parking lot. If you need special parking accommodations, please request a special access parking pass from the Alumni Office at 847-LFC-ALUM or alumni@lakeforest.edu. You will need this pass in addition to your disabled parking permit. 


Commencement, which lasts over two hours, is held at scenic Ravinia Festival Park, an outdoor concert facility in nearby Highland Park, Illinois. In recent years, the temperature during Commencement has been 40 degrees or cooler under the covered pavilion. Winds off of Lake Michigan contribute to a cold environment. Please plan to dress for winter weather (in layers with warm coats, hats, and gloves) and bring blankets for your family’s comfort during the ceremony. There are no heated, indoor facilities in which to warm up at Ravinia.