Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement 2014 will be held on Saturday, May 10. Below are answers to questions frequently asked about Commencement. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Alumni .

1. May we purchase personalized Lake Forest College Commencement announcements?

2. When and where will students pick up their regalia (caps and gowns)?

3. During the Commencement ceremony, am I allowed to wear a cord or stole indicating membership in an academic honor society, or a fraternity or sorority?

4. When should we plan to arrive in Lake Forest?

5. To which Commencement events, in addition to the ceremony, are families invited?

6. When should we make our hotel reservations?

7. Where is Commencement held? How long is the ceremony?

8. Does the College provide transportation to Ravinia for students or family members?

9. Will we need tickets to Commencement?

10. What if we require additional tickets above and beyond the 8 College-issued tickets?

11. Will small children be required to have tickets at Ravinia Festival Park?

12. What is Lake Forest’s weather like in May?

13. What time should we arrive at the Commencement ceremony?

14. A member of our family has a mobility impairment and requires special seating arrangements.  How may we arrange for this?

15. May we take photographs of our graduate during the ceremony?  How can families order copies of photographs taken at Commencement?

16. When are graduates required to have moved out of the residence halls? 

 


  1. May we purchase personalized Lake Forest College Commencement announcements?

Yes, personalized announcements may be ordered through our vendor, Jostens, by calling 1-800-854-7464 or by visiting their website: www.jostens.com/college. A representative from Jostens will be on campus in mid-March to take orders directly from graduates. They can be purchased beginning March 18.

  2. When and where will students pick up their regalia (caps and gowns)?

Students may pick up regalia on Wednesday, April 30 in the Pierson Rooms, or at the Alumni Office from 8:30am-4:00pm from Thursday, May 1 through Friday, May 9. The cost of regalia is included as part of senior dues.

   3. During the Commencement ceremony, am I allowed to wear a cord or stole indicating membership in an academic honor society, or a fraternity or sorority?

Students who are members of College-recognized national academic honor societies or approved fraternity and sorority organizations are permitted to wear an appropriate stole or cord during the Commencement ceremony. The cord or stole must be sanctioned by the national office of the society or organization. Members of the Senior 25 may wear a College-approved stole. Kente stoles have also been approved for wear.

  4. When should we plan to arrive in Lake Forest?

The main festivities will begin on Friday, May 9 and will continue through Saturday afternoon, May 10. Some families will choose to arrive early and participate in many activities; others will prefer to attend only the Commencement ceremony on Saturday morning. We look forward to welcoming you whenever you arrive.

   5. To which Commencement events, in addition to the ceremony, are families invited?

Immediate and extended family members are invited to the following events:  

Friday, May 9: Senior Brunch, Senior Honors Convocation
Saturday, May 10: Commencement

   6. When should we make our hotel reservations?

Reservations for accommodations and dining out should be made as soon as possible.

   7. Where is Commencement held? How long is the ceremony?

Lake Forest College’s Commencement will be held at Ravinia Festival Park, a covered, open-air facility some 11 miles south of the campus in Highland Park, Ill. Commencement begins at 10:45 a.m. and ends at approximately 1:00 p.m.

   8. Does the College provide transportation to Ravinia for students or family members?

The College does not provide transportation to Ravinia, but train service for the 15-minute ride from Lake Forest to the Braeside stop near Ravinia is available through the Metra Union Pacific North Line. Please visit www.metrarail.com for more information.

   9. Will we need tickets to Commencement?

The Pavilion at Ravinia Festival Park will accommodate 3,300 participants and their guests, and tickets will be mandatory. Graduates may reserve up to 8 tickets, which they can pick up at cap and gown distribution on Wednesday, April 30. Space permitting, individuals without tickets will be admitted to the Park to fill any remaining seats. The College cannot offer a guarantee that all of these guests will be seated for the ceremony. Students reserve their tickets on behalf of their families and guests.

   10. What if we require additional tickets above and beyond the 8 College-issued tickets?

Guests without tickets are welcome to line up outside the Tyler (West) Gate as ticketed guests are admitted to the Park. Once the academic procession has been completed, guests without tickets will be admitted to the Park to fill any remaining seats. The College cannot offer a guarantee that all of these guests will be seated for the ceremony.

  11. Will small children be required to have tickets at Ravinia Festival Park?

Children aged three years and under may sit in the lap of an accompanying adult for the ceremony and will not require a ticket. Please note that the Pavilion is approximately a two block walk from the parking lot. Should you plan to use a stroller for your child, it must collapse and fit under the seats in the Pavilion. (Strollers must not be parked in the aisles due to fire code regulations.) In keeping with the College’s agreement with Ravinia Festival Park, children will not be allowed to run around the facility.

  12. What is Lake Forest’s weather like in May?

The outdoor pavilion at Ravinia has a concrete floor that typically keeps temperatures ten degrees cooler than outside the shelter. Combined with the wind off of Lake Michigan, the result is a very cold environment. Warm clothing and shoes, winter coats, hats, and gloves, and blankets are recommended for guest comfort, especially for children and grandparents.

  13. What time should we arrive at the Commencement ceremony?

Guests are welcome to enter the Tyler (West) Gate at Ravinia beginning at 9:45 a.m. Ravinia Festival Park will open at 8:45 a.m. for parking in the West Parking Lot, accessible by prior arrangement with the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations for guests with a mobility impairment.  Please keep in mind the cold temperature and the length of the ceremony when planning your arrival time.

  14. A member of our family has a mobility impairment and requires special seating arrangements. How may we arrange for this?

Arrangements for access to the special needs parking lot adjacent to the Tyler (West) Gate may be requested by contacting the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 1-800-LFC-ALUM to inform the College of your needs.

  15. May we take photographs of our graduate during the ceremony? How can families order copies of photographs taken at Commencement?

There will be two designated areas for families wishing to photograph graduates. Individuals taking pictures at the ceremony are asked to be respectful of those around them and to promptly return to their seats after taking pictures.

Aisles must remain clear at Ravinia Festival Park in accordance with fire code regulations.

  16. When are graduates required to have moved out of the residence halls?

The deadline for graduates to have moved out of the residence halls is noon on Sunday, May 11.