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Email Sent to Graduates June 9, 2020

Congratulations to our 765 Lakeland graduates and 151 Holden University partner graduates who finished their degrees and certificates during unprecedented times.

A few weeks ago, we surveyed graduates to determine their interest in participating in a "Social Distance Graduation" as one of our commencement celebrations. The number of responses received was low, so we will not be holding a "drive-thru" event on campus this summer. All 2019-2020 Lakeland and Holden University Center partner graduates will still be invited to participate in the May 8, 2021 traditional commencement ceremony.

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates this month, along with a printed Commencement Program. Please note the special message from Lakeland President Morris W. Beverage Jr., acknowledging the resilience of this year's graduating class.

As promised, below are links to the printed program, our virtual social media celebration, and advertisements placed in the News-Herald honoring our graduates and outstanding students. These links are also available at

May 2020 Commencement Program
Lakeland Graduates advertisement
Outstanding Students advertisement
Holden University Center Graduates advertisement
Social media on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Please feel free to share these links with your family and friends.

Richard Novotny
Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Social Media Celebration - May 9

On Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m., Lakeland will launch a dedicated social media campaign to recognize graduates. Graduating students are encouraged to submit selfies, photos, short videos and/or messages to be posted on Lakeland Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, which will show submissions through the end of May. Upload your images here (myLakeland login required). Use #LCC2020 on your social media posts as well. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

If you would like to pose in your academic regalia, we will mail it to you at no additional charge. Sign in to the myLakeland portal and go to your ‘Graduation Application' to request your cap, gown and/or tassel. Gowns are sized by height, so please include that information to receive a properly fitted gown. Please also provide the address to which you want any regalia mailed. The deadline to request your cap and gown is Friday, May 22.

News-Herald Feature - May 10

A two-page spread listing the names of all graduates will be featured in the News-Herald Sunday, May 10. An online version will also be posted on the Commencement webpage, so you may share the link with family and friends. View the full feature here!

Printed Commencement Program - Early June

A commemorative program, which is usually distributed at the formal commencement ceremony, will be printed and mailed to graduates, along with your diploma and diploma cover, in early June. An online version will also be posted on the Commencement webpage, so you may share the link with family and friends.

Social Distancing Graduation - Summer 2020

Lakeland is planning to hold a "Social Distance Graduation" on campus this summer to honor graduates, following guidance issued by the State of Ohio and the Lake County General Health District.

Members of the college board of trustees, administration and faculty will be invited to dress in their academic regalia and line Clocktower Drive (with appropriate social distancing) to recognize the Class of 2020 as graduates and their families drive through campus.

Graduates are encouraged to dress in their regalia, decorate their vehicles, and make signs with their names and degrees. This should be done in advance at home, as graduates and their families may not exit their vehicles on campus.

The drive through procession will be videotaped, and a photograph will be taken of each graduate as you drive by and are acknowledged by the college president. These will made available on the Commencement webpage.

Invitation to Next Year's Commencement - May 8, 2021

2020 graduates will be invited to the May 2021 traditional commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 8. More information will be provided closer to that date.

All of us at Lakeland know how important commencement is to our students and their loved ones. We hope these opportunities to connect, engage and celebrate will allow them to experience the excitement and emotion of commencement. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Novotny, associate vice president for student development and dean of students, at

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