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Forester News

Updates on summer courses, graduation plans, and summer programs

President Schutt sent a campuswide email on April 15 announcing free summer courses, a plan for graduation, and how camps, conferences, and research will proceed this summer.

Free Summer Course

Every Lake Forest College student will have an opportunity to enroll in a free, full-credit course this summer. The College is offering this special opportunity in response to the financial challenges that many students and families are now experiencing due to the coronavirus.

This free course is available to current and transfer students, including those who are behind on credits for graduation as well as those we are on track.

More than 40 different course offerings will be available in our popular May, June, and July sessions. 

The course schedule can be accessed here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/summer/session/classes.php

Class Schedule Take a look at the classes offered during Access Summer 2020. There are three terms with a variety of choices. When you register, indicate which courses you’re interested in taking. Registration is open Visiting students should use the button at left. …

More details about registration will be sent to all students very soon.

All summer classes in the May, June, and July summer terms will be held online so that students and faculty can make firm summer plans with certainty, regardless of any COVID-19 complications. 


The College has developed exciting plans to recognize our 2020 seniors and graduate degree recipients in two stages.  First, on Saturday, May 9, we will hold a virtual “Senior Celebration” to mark the important day when our graduates would otherwise cross the Ravinia stage.  The College will post a video that morning featuring photos of graduates, congratulatory remarks, and a variety of campus scenes and events.  We are mailing caps and gowns to students at home this week, and we hope they will dress in their regalia on May 9, gather with their families, and use social media throughout the day to post photos and content to complement the morning video.

Second, I am pleased to announce that we will hold a special fall Commencement on campus on Friday afternoon, October 9, the first day of Homecoming Weekend.  We hope that all of our 2020 graduates will return to campus, receive diplomas, be recognized for their achievements, and hear the applause that would have echoed at Ravinia if we could have held our traditional ceremony.  Other senior events will be also scheduled throughout the weekend, and more information will be provided in days and weeks ahead.

Summer Camps, Conferences, and Research

The current Illinois stay-at-home order is set to expire on Thursday, April 30.  With that date in view, the College plans to wait until Friday, May 1, to decide whether any summer camps, conferences, or on-campus student-faculty research projects can go forward.  We hope the answer may be yes for at least some of these activities.  Richter Scholars, in particular, will have the opportunity to work remotely if their projects make that possible, or to defer their projects to the summer of 2021 and become second-year Richter Scholars then.  The College will decide by May 1 if a shortened, late-summer Richter residential program can proceed on campus.