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Commencement Concert
Sunday, May 21, 2023 2 p.m.
Class of 2023 Graduation
Sunday, May 28, 2022 2 p.m.

Lakeside's Class of 2023 will have its graduation service on Sunday, May 28 at 2 pm. The class has selected Romans 12:2a as its class verse: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." 

Members of the class have selected the following: 

  • Class hymn: "There is a Higher Throne" [Christian Worship '23 Hymn 885] 
  • Class colors: Navy blue and white 
  • Class flower: White rose 
  • Graduation preacher: Pastor Mike Helwig (St. John, Newville) 
  • Liturgist: Pastor Dustin Yahnke (Lakeside faculty) 

Hadley Wendorff (St. Luke's, Watertown) is the valedictorian. The salutatorian is Jack DePrey (Holy Cross, Madison). The remaining members of the Top Ten in rank order are Benjamin Buxa (Abiding Shepherd, Fort Atkinson), Grace Korth (Zion-Leeds, Arlington), Jenna Shadoski (St. Matthew, Janesville), Averi Wolfram (Eastside, Madison), Elizabeth Kendall (Willerup, Cambridge), Rose Hissom (St. Matthew, Oconomowoc), Ava Heckmann (St. Andrew, Middleton), and Olivia Bartels (St. Paul, Lake Mills). Congratulations to this group of academic leaders! 

Graduation will be outdoors on the football field. Each graduate's family will be assigned a 5 x 5 yard square on the field. (See outdoor family seating assignments.) Each square will have a yard sign in it with your family name and service programs will be attached to it. If not all family members can fit in the assigned square, additional seating is available in the visitor bleachers. A family seating chart is attached to this email. Families will supply their own chairs for seating. 

If you have an elderly relative or other family member who may have difficulty walking on the football field to your square, faculty members will be available to transport them in a motorized cart. For other concerns about your family's seating, contact Principal Schultz directly at [email protected] 

The graduates will be seated on the home-side bleachers. (See graduate assigned seating here.)

If inclement weather prevents an outdoor service, graduation will be in the East Gym. A family may have up to four primary guests seated on the floor in East Gym. (See the indoor seating assignment here.) Other guests may be seated in the bleachers on a first come, first served basis. on the north end of the gym floor facing the staging. The final decision on the setting for graduation will be announced no later than Sunday, May 28 at 9 am.

In either venue, the event will be livestreamed for out-of-town guests and others.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - For a student to receive a Lakeside diploma, all academic, financial, and disciplinary requirements must be fulfilled. These must be met by noon on Friday, May 26. 


Academic requirements: All candidates for graduation must earn at least 26 credits. Furthermore, credit must be earned for all required courses. Students at risk of not graduating due to unfulfilled academic requirements are being identified and notified. Parents of these students will be alerted, too. If you have academic concerns, contact Mr. Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director [email protected] or [920] 648-2321, extension 2207).


Financial requirements: General Board policy states that all tuition and fees are due before graduation. This includes fines and the return of school-owned property. If you have financial concerns, contact Mr. Kirk DeNoyer, Executive Director [email protected] or [920] 648-2321, extension 2203).
CLASS ADVISORS - Mrs. Jennifer Krauklis and Mr. Justin Vanderhoof will announce each senior and read a Bible verse selected by the graduate as (s)he receives a diploma.

WORSHIP SERVICE - Seniors, it has been the faculty's honor and privilege to assist you in receiving a Christ-centered education. Graduation is an occasion of thanks and praise to God who richly blessed you and has blessed this school for 65 years. Because of that, the following items of decorum will be observed whether the service is outdoors or indoors: 

  • Parents and other attendees are welcome to photograph the processional, recessional, and reception of diplomas. You may also video these parts of the service. Please be courteous of the view and space of other guests; 
  • The display of individual banners and the shouting of congratulations or other verbal outbursts are inappropriate in a worship service and are discouraged; 
  • Applause is appropriate for the entire class after all diplomas have been distributed and the last graduate returns to his/her seat; 
  • Allow the graduates to process and recess freely. You may convey your personal congratulations following the service. 

Please inform your family members and other guests of Lakeside's guidelines. 

When caps and gowns are first brought home, hang up the gown immediately. It may need light pressing in order to remove all wrinkles.

Seniors Checklist for Rehearsal and Graduation: 

  • Cap, tassel and gown—ALL seniors
  • National Honor Society stole—ALL NHS members
  • Yellow Honor Cord—Top Ten Seniors 
  • Medals—Valedictorian and Salutatorian 


GRADUATION REHEARSAL – Graduation rehearsal is Friday, May 26, 9 am. Attendance is mandatory for those participating in Sunday’s graduation. A brunch begins at 9 am. This will provide one final opportunity for class members to enjoy the fellowship of their classmates. Rehearsal begins following brunch, and should conclude by 11:30 am. 


A senior class photo—in caps and gowns—will be taken following the brunch. 

More information regarding class/graduation photos will be sent in a separate email closer to graduation. 

If you have any questions about graduation, call Lakeside (920-648-2321) during school hours to reach Mrs. Missy McKenna or Pastor Don Schultz.