Thurs., May 10, Governor Jim Doyle, along with First Lady Jessica Doyle and up to 200 eighth graders, will make an afternoon visit to Lawrence University. This visit is part of the governor’s Wisconsin Covenant Program, which he is promoting with similar events on campuses around the state May 10 and 11. The Governor developed the Wisconsin Covenant Program as a way to make college more affordable and as an incentive for Wisconsin high school students to continue their education in the state of Wisconsin. To join the covenant, eighth graders sign a pledge to do well in school, support their communities, and apply to and attend a college or university in the state of Wisconsin. These students will graduate from high school with the distinction of Wisconsin Covenant Scholar, which will help gain a place in a post-secondary school and help with financial aid. In May of 2006, Governor Doyle, whose Lieutenant Governor Barbra Lawton is a Lawrence alumna, came before the Lawrence Board of Trustees to announce that he wished to kick these events off at Lawrence. During the visit May 10, there will be an hour-long program in the chapel starting at 11:30, a pep rally with the Governor and First Lady, and a lunch for the eighth graders in the amphitheater. Lawrence students are also welcome to attend the Governor’s program in the chapel. The students who will be taking part in these events are those who plan to sign the covenant; therefore their visit will be a great opportunity to see the positive qualities Lawrence offers and a way to get them thinking about it for their future. Other stops on the Covenant Days tour include UW-Milwaukee, Beloit College, and North Central Technical College, among several others.