Lakeland Community College will hold its 51st annual commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. – noon. The keynote speaker is Sam Rutigliano, former coach of the Cleveland Browns.
More than 2,500 friends and family members are expected to attend the College's ceremony at an outdoor pavilion on campus, located on the north side of campus, outside the Athletic and Fitness Center (Y-Building).
Information for Guests Attending Commencement
Seating and Admittance
Guests will find seating in the spacious sheltered tent where the ceremony is held. All seating is in folding chairs on asphalt ground. Entry into the guest seating area of the tent will open at 8:30 a.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to ensure seating before the ceremony begins. All guests are required to present a ticket for admittance. There is no reserved seating. Guests requiring special accommodation seating should please notify any member of the commencement staff or request assistance from a campus police officer located outside the facility.
The Lakeland Bookstore will have graduation-themed items, such as diploma frames and souvenirs, for sale at the main entrance of the tent before the ceremony and at the Athletic and Fitness Center (AFC) after the ceremony.
Flower bouquets will be available to purchase inside the main entrance of the tent before the ceremony. All proceeds from flower sales will benefit student leadership programs.
By tradition, the commencement ceremony is a formal, dignified event to honor the academic achievement of scholars. To help preserve the decorum of the event, it is requested that guests exercise etiquette appropriate to this special occasion.
During the ceremony, it is proper etiquette for men to remove their caps during the singing of the national anthem and the Lakeland Alma Mater. Women should not remove their caps during these times.
As a courtesy to others, please turn off or "silence" cell phones and pagers during the ceremony.
The ceremony will end with a formal recessional of the stage party, faculty and then graduates. As a courtesy to all Lakeland graduates and other guests, please do not leave the facility until the ceremony is completed.
Order of Ceremony
"Words of Reflection" by graduate speaker
Singing of the national anthem
Opening remarks by the college president
Remarks by the college board of trustees chair
Presentation of Distinguished Service Award to a member of the community
Commencement address by keynote speaker, Sam Rutigliano
Conferring of academic degrees: Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Associate of Applied Business; Associate of Applied Science; Associate of Technical Studies
"Words of Thanks" by graduate speaker
Singing of the Lakeland Alma Mater
Conferring of Degrees
During the portion of the ceremony when degrees are conferred, all candidates for graduation will be asked to stand. The college president will confer the associate degrees and graduates will be instructed to shift their tassels from right to left.
After degrees are conferred, candidates will be called row by row to enter the stage to be presented with their diploma covers. Candidates seated to the right of the center aisle will enter the stage from the right; those seated to the left of the center aisle will enter the stage from the left. As the candidate walks to the center of the stage to receive their diploma cover, a faculty reader will announce the candidate's name. After shaking hands with a college official, graduates will exit the stage from the center ramp and return to their seat (refer to seating diagram).
Guests will not be permitted to approach the stage, or stand in the aisles, to take photographs during the ceremony.
GradImages is the official photographer for the commencement ceremony and a photo of each graduate will be taken as they shake hands with a college official before exiting the stage after receiving their diploma cover. Graduates should register online with GradImages to receive complimentary proofs soon after commencement. Graduates will receive $5 off any order of $25 or more just for pre-registering. Visit gradimages.com and click on ‘Pre-Event Email Registration' any time before commencement day. After graduation, proofs may be viewed at gradimages.com. There is no obligation to purchase. Orders can be placed online or by phone at 1.800.261.2576. Should you have questions concerning your photo order, contact customer service at GradImages directly at 1.800.261.2576 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates and their guests may return to the stage for photo opportunities after the commencement ceremony is completely finished and all members of the stage party, faculty and graduates have recessed. In addition, a photo shoot area will be set up in the Athletic and Fitness Center (AFC) lobby area for family members and guests to take a memorable photograph of their graduate.
Immediately following the commencement ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to attend a complimentary reception in the Athletic and Fitness Center (AFC). A buffet-style luncheon of assorted hors d'oeuvres, salads, pastries and beverages will be served.
The 2018 commencement ceremony will be broadcast on the The Lakeland Network on Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) channel 1020 beginning the week of May 27, 2018. Please consult your directory for specific broadcast times. The ceremony will also be available to view on YouTube. Search for "Lakeland Community College 2018 Commencement" to locate the video.
Other Important Information
For the hearing impaired, an American Sign Language interpreter will be present to sign the ceremony from the left-hand side of the stage.
Restrooms are located on the right and left sides of the stage at the far ends of the tent. A restroom for people with disabilities is available to the left of the stage at the far end of the tent.
A first aid station is located to the right of the stage at the far end of the tent (east end).
Food, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase before the ceremony begins at the main entrance and at the far end of the tent to the left of the stage.