Commencement

10:15am - 12:30pm CDT May 9

The Class of 2015 will graduate on May 9, 2015 at Ravinia Festival Park, a covered, open-air facility 11 miles south of campus in Highland Park, Illinois. The parking lot opens at 9 a.m. Tickets are required to attend, but we’ll broadcast the ceremony live online. Commencement begins at 10:15 a.m. and ends at approximately 12:30 p.m. Graduates need to be checked in before 9:45 a.m. so they can line up for the procession.

Get your tickets

All graduates receive 7 tickets to the Commencement ceremony in their cap and gown package. The Pavilion at Ravinia Festival Park will accommodate 3,300 participants and their guests. Tickets will be mandatory. 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.

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.

Parking at the ceremony

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 Suzanne Nyren at 847-735-6015 or nyren@lakeforest.edu. A valid handicap parking permit or license plate is required for admission to the accessible parking lot adjacent to the Tyler (West) Gate.

Check traffic and construction

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.

Dress for cold weather

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. There are no heated, indoor facilities in which to warm up at Ravinia.

It’s usually cold under the pavilion at Ravinia and we don’t want anyone to be uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to bring a blanket and dress warmly. GradFlowers will be on hand to sell Lake Forest College blankets; a portion of the profit is donated to the class gift.

Before lining up, graduates should leave their personal items that need to be carried with guests; you can’t take them up on stage and you’ll return to a different seat after receiving your diploma. 


contact infoGeneral Questions? Please call 847-234-3100 for questions about public events at the College.

accessibility imageOn-Campus Disability Accommodations: Contact Teryn Robinson at 847-735-5167 or robinson@lakeforest.edu at least 72 hours in advance.


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