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Students who are graduating from Lakeland Community College should first meet with a Lakeland counselor in the Counseling Center. This meeting is to ensure that all requirements for the degree or certificate they are seeking have been completed.
In order to receive a diploma or certificate from the college, students must submit an application. Applications can be obtained at the Counseling Center.
Requirements and Conditions
All associate degrees (or arts, science, applied science and technical studies) require successful completion of at least 60 semester hours with a 2.0 minimum grade point average (GPA). The student must have earned at least 20 credit hours at Lakeland Community College.
All applied associate degrees (or applied business or applied science) require the student to:
Some programs of study may have additional program and/or grade point average requirements based upon accreditation standards. The students must review the requirements of the specific degree program to determine if there are additional requirements.
All students intending to graduate with a certificate or diploma must file a petition in the Counseling Center by the deadline established by the college.
Check the Important Dates for current graduation application deadlines.
The student development department coordinates the commencement ceremony for Lakeland Community College graduates. It is held every spring in May.
2015 Commencement Ceremony Date
GradFest is a one-stop shop event that is held every spring in the A-Building Atrium hallway so that students can obtain everything they need for commencement and connect with important resources. After GradFest, students can find the materials in the Bookstore during regular business hours.
At GradFest, students can:
Caps and Gowns
A cap, gown and tassel are the official regalia that must be worn at commencement. The purchase cost is included in the $40 fee that is paid upon application for graduation. The gown will need to be pressed with a cool iron before the ceremony.
Students who attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the range of 3.5 to 4.0 through the student's last fully completed and graded semester will be recognized in the commencement program as graduating "with honors." Specific honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude will not be reflected in the commencement program. Students entitled to commencement honors may wear the gold honors cord at the commencement ceremony.
Students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will receive a stamp on their transcripts certifying they are members of the honor society and a gold seal affixed to their diploma. In addition, graduating PTK members have the privilege of wearing a gold stole and cord at the commencement ceremony.
Tickets for Guests
Each graduate participating in the commencement ceremony will receive up to six guest tickets to the outdoor pavilion.
Graduates requiring special assistance to participate in the commencement ceremony should contact the student development department office to make special arrangements before commencement day.
Guests requiring special accommodation seating on the day of ceremony should notify a member of the commencement staff at the pavilion or request assistance from a campus police officer in the parking area.
The college makes arrangements with a professional photographer to take pictures of all graduates as they receive their diplomas on stage. The photo packages are very reasonably priced and can be ordered online. There is no obligation to purchase.
Candidates for graduation are to report to the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in Building D no later than 8:30 a.m. Candidates should arrive dressed in their cap and gown. At this time, graduates will receive complete instructions regarding their participation in the ceremony and will line up for the academic procession.
Candidates for graduation will be called by tassel color to form a line for the academic procession in the following color order: white, golden yellow, brown, drab, purple, orange, light blue, citron, lilac, green, apricot, maroon.
Once students are in the procession line, they cannot exit the line. The procession will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center to the outdoor pavilion. Candidates are not to carry anything in their hands during the procession. A secured room (C-1078) will be provided for storage of personal belongings during the ceremony.
Commencement programs will be placed on each chair in the graduates' seating section.
NOTE: There is no dress rehearsal for graduates participating in the commencement ceremony.
Lakeland Community College has an alternate plan for commencement day should severe weather be predicted. See the link at right for details.