Seniors: What you need to know

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.

Okay, we know, there’s a lot in this email. But it’s all important, promise. In fact, if you attended Bear Faire last week, you probably already have a head start.

1. Register for Commencement before April 23.

If you haven’t already, be sure to complete this registration form, which is significantly different from the Intent to Graduate form you filled out earlier. Most importantly, this is where you’ll request tickets for your Commencement guests. There are a few things you’ll do as part of this process. 

  • Set up an account on by clicking “First-Time Login.” 
  • Then, complete this form to tell us whether or not you are participating in the Commencement ceremony. If you’re marching at Commencement, we want to be sure there’s a diploma with your name on it!
  • Reserve up to 8 tickets for your guests who will be attending the ceremony. If you need more, first check with your fellow grads to see if they have extras. Otherwise, you can check for extras at cap and gown pick-up on April 30.
  • Did we mention that we need this information by April 23? 

2. Record your name pronunciation.  

Lots of graduating seniors have not completed this very important step in preparation for Commencement. We’ve got a special program that records your name pronunciation so the Dean says it correctly as you receive your diploma on stage. If you haven’t already done this, email David Levinson at and he’ll set up a time to meet with you or complete this task over the phone.

3. Mark your calendars. 

We’ve planned a bunch of great social events to celebrate our graduates. We hope you can attend the festivities. 

4. Attend a student loan exit counseling session. 

Every graduating student who received student loans as part of their financial aid must attend a small group session where you’ll learn about repayment options. This session is one of your graduating requirements. This means if you choose not to attend, you will not receive your diploma and official transcript. Please email Adriana Rodriguez to set up an appointment.

Monday, April 14 from 12-1 p.m. or 4-5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15 from 4-5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16 from 12-1 p.m.  or  4-5 p.m.

Thursday, April 17 from 4-5 p.m.

Monday, April 21 from 4-5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23 from 12-1 p.m.

*Seats are limited to 25 per session.

In order to complete the exit counseling session you will need  your FAFSA PIN, Social Security Number, your Driver’s License Number (if you have one), the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. The first reference must be one of your parents; the other two a relative or friend. If you will be working after graduation, bring with you the name, address, and telephone number of your employer.

5. Complete the All-Campus Student Survey. 

Sometime in April, you’ll be asked by Lori Sundberg of the Business Office to complete the All-Campus Student Survey. You’ll need to finish that before we’ll give you tickets or a gown (yeah, we’re tricky like that).

6. Buy warm clothes. 

No, seriously, it’s usually cold under the pavilion at Ravinia, and we don’t want you to be uncomfortable on your big day. Don’t be afraid to bring a blanket and dress warmly. You should leave your purse and other items that you’ll have to carry with your guests at Commencement; you can’t take them up on stage with you and you’ll return to a different seat after you’ve been handed your diploma. 

7. Make a donation toward your class gift. 

Show your support to the 2014 Senior Class Gift to raise funds for a student scholarship. You can also make your gift in honor someone who made a difference to your Lake Forest experience. Make your gift at

8. Set as your home page. 

We’ll be posting lots of information and news on this page as Commencement approaches. Also, you can tag #lfgrad2014 in your tweets and Instagram photos. Don’t forget to join the Class of 2014 Facebook group, too, where you can barter for Commencement tickets and share in the glory of your impending graduation!