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.
Cap and Gown Pick Up
Students will pick up their caps and gowns on Tuesday, April 21 in the Pierson Rooms inside the Mohr Student Center. If they are unable to attend cap and gown pick up, they may visit the Alumni Office between 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. from Wednesday, April 22 through Wednesday, May 6. The cost of the cap and gown is included in senior dues.
Tickets for Commencement
The Pavilion at Ravinia Festival Park will accommodate 3,300 participants and their guests. Tickets will be mandatory. Graduates will receive 7 tickets, which will be distributed at cap and gown pick up on Tuesday, April 21. 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.
Graduates are encouraged to offer tickets they don’t need to fellow grads who need additional tickets. Students can check in at cap and gown pick up to see if extra tickets are available.
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 handicap accessible parking and seating, please contact the Office of Alumni at 1-800-LFC-ALUM. A valid handicap parking permit or license plate is required for admission to the accessible parking lot adjacent to the Tyler (West) Gate.
Residence Hall Closing
The deadline for graduates to move out of their residence halls is noon on Sunday, May 10.