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    Lake Forest College alumnus Kelly Leonard ’88, executive vice president of Second City, will be the keynote speaker at Commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Honorands will be Christine Chakoian, pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, and Rabiah Mayas PhD, director of science and integrated strategies for the Museum of Science and Industry.
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    Couldn’t make Bear Faire? You can still register for your Commencement tickets on First, create a login by clicking on “First-Time Login” at the top of the screen and following the steps. Then, complete the Commencement registration form at
  • As part of your graduation preparation, you are required to complete Federal Student Loan online exit counseling. This mandatory exit counseling session will help you understand the next steps with your student loans.
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    You’re about to graduate, and while we’ll be sad to see you leave, we’re excited to celebrate all you’ve accomplished as a Forester and look forward to seeing what you’ll achieve as alumni.


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.

Residence Hall Closing

The deadline for graduates to move out of their residence halls is noon on Sunday, May 11.