Student Information


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    More than 350 Foresters graduated on May 10. Watch the Commencement video online and read this Storify to experience the social media hype surrounding graduation last week. Oh, and take a look at this photo gallery, too!
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    The Huffington Post featured parts of the commencement address made by Kelly Leonard ’88, executive vice president of The Second City, on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Leonard spoke about how improv worked in his life. Click here to read his speech.
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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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    Graduates will celebrate at the College’s 136th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10, starting at 10:45 a.m. Executive vice president of Second City, Kelly Leonard ’88, will deliver the commencement address. You can watch the live-stream video from Ravinia Festival Park on the College’s website and follow along on Twitter with #lfgrad2014.
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    Here’s some important information you’ll need to know about the Commencement 2014 ceremony on Saturday, May 10 at Ravinia Park in Highland Park. Seniors need to be at Ravinia by 9:45 a.m., with their cap, gown, and College ID. Don’t forget to dress warmly!
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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.