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Graduation Information


 Graduation Information (Return)

In order to graduate from Luzerne County Community College upon completion of a credit program and receive a degree, certificate or diploma, students must apply for Graduation by the published deadline. Applications are not accepted after the deadline date. Each student must complete an application whether he/she is attending or is not attending the Commencement ceremony. Luzerne County Community College grants degrees, certificates and diplomas in credit programs only at the end of the spring semester and at the close of the summer session in August.

One formal Graduation ceremony is held annually, at the close of the spring semester in May. Students who have completed requirements at the end of the previous summer or fall, in addition to those who have completed their requirements in the spring semester, are invited to take part in the annual Commencement ceremony. Students granted their degree, certificate or diplomas at the end of the summer session in August are forwarded their diplomas by mail.

In order to qualify for a degree, certificate or diploma, a student must attain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 and satisfy all requirements of his/her program of study.

In the event a student meets the minimum grade point average of 2.0 and meets all but six credits or less of his/her degree, certificate or diploma program requirements, he/she may participate in the May commencement provided the following conditions are met:

  1. the student has registered for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.
  2. the student has paid the tuition for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.

The President's Office may approve registration for the required course(s) for the fall term if the College does not offer the required course(s) in the subsequent summer session.

Students enrolling in a program may follow the catalog in place at the time of their initial enrollment to determine their qualification for graduation providing they have not missed two or more consecutive semesters. Students may always select the catalog in place at the time of their graduation.

In the event a student is enrolled in one of the Health Sciences programs that ends in the subsequent summer session (precluding him/her from completing the program in the Spring), and that student meets the minimum grade point average for his/her curriculum, he/she may participate in the annual Commencement ceremony in May.

Students who participate in the annual Commencement Ceremony in May prior to completion of their program will be granted their degree, certificate or diploma upon the successful completion of the program and will be forwarded their diplomas by mail at the end of the Summer Session in August.

 Directions for Completing the On-Line Application for Graduation (Return)

Degree requirements as stated in the catalog must be satisfied prior to the selected graduation date.

Students uncertain as to whether they are ready to apply should make an appointment with an academic advisor by calling 1-800-377-5222, ext. 7451 or ext. 7452 or log into WebAdvisor and review your degree audit. Follow the instructions listed on our Student Intranet's Document Space section under "Are you ready to apply for graduation?".

A diploma isn't just a piece of paper - it represents all your efforts and accomplishments. Here's how to get yours:

  • Complete the on-line application for graduation form. The application deadline date is February 20, 2015 for the May Commencement and July 17, 2015 for receiving your diploma in August. You will be able to participate in the May Commencement providing you meet the minimum grade point average of 2.0 and meet all but six credits or less in your degree, certificate or diploma program.
  • Each student must complete an application whether he/she is attending or is not attending the Commencement ceremony.
  • The non-refundable graduation fee is payable whether you attend or do not attend the graduation ceremony.

 Academic Information (Return)

How will I know if I'm considered a potential graduate?
You will receive a notification of potential graduate eligibility letter in the mail and by email on or about the fourth week of classes.

What happens if I think I'm going to graduate, but I don't get the letter?
Contact the President's Office, in building #5 or phone (570) 740-0381 or email kalmodovar@luzerne.edu

If I get the letter, does this mean I'll graduate?
No, after you complete the on-line application for graduation, the Academic Affairs Office ((570) 740-0422) will review your records to see if you have completed all the requirements for your particular program of study. If you do not meet the requirements, you will receive a letter informing you that your evaluation was reviewed and that we found you do not meet the requirements for graduation.

How will I know if I meet all requirements for graduation?
You can review your Academic Evaluation on WebAdvisor. Follow the instructions listed on our Student Intranet's Document Space section ("Are you ready to apply for graduation?"). After you review your Academic Evaluation, and you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.

If I need to change my graduation date or change my major, do I need to reapply for graduation?
No, the graduation application fee is a one-time charge. Contact the President's Office in building #5 or by phone at (570) 740-0344 or by email at jminor@luzerne.edu.

What happens if I do not complete my degree requirements by graduation day?
If you fail to meet academic standards or complete all degree requirements you will be removed from the Commencement Program. You will need to contact the President's Office at (570) 740-0344 or (570) 740-0381 to change the date of your graduation.

 Commencement Ceremony (May 28, 2015) (Return)

Graduates are strongly recommended to attend the Graduation Ceremony. If you are unable to attend, you must indicate that you will not attend the ceremony on the on-line graduation application. Even if you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must complete a graduation application to receive your diploma.

Please note that if you do not attend the Commencement Ceremony you may pick-up your diploma in Building #5, the President's Office beginning Wednesday, June 3 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. If you do not pick up your degree, the college will mail it to you approximately three weeks after the Commencement ceremony. Please be aware that if you choose to have your diploma mailed, LCCC will be blameless should your diploma be lost in transit, and to receive a replacement diploma, you will be obligated to pay a fee of $25.00 to cover the cost of replacement.

 Graduate Reception (Return)

  • May 26, 2015 - Main Dining Room, Educational Conference Center
  • Time 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Graduate Reception is hosted by the Alumni Association. There will be a variety of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and music. The fee for guests to attend the Reception is $7.50. For information, please call the Alumni Office at (570) 740-0734 or e-mail alumni@luzerne.edu.

 Graduate Photos (Return)

We are pleased to announce a new initiative for the upcoming LCCC commencement ceremony.

The College plans to display the names and photos of the graduates on the large video display board at the Mohegan Sun Arena. These photos will appear as graduates are being called to the stage to receive their diplomas. Your photo, name, academic program and hometown will appear as your name is being read.

We would like you to participate by providing a recent photo of yourself. The photo should be a high resolution head shot. Please see the samples below. If you do not provide a photo, a graduate silhouette will appear above your name. Please be advised that all photos will be reviewed and approved before they are displayed. Photos may be resized or cropped in order to be displayed in the required 400 x 600 dpi resolution.

Please email a photo of yourself to gradphoto@luzerne.edu by Friday, May 8th Wednesday, May 22nd. Make sure you include your name and student ID within your email message.

We will also provide you with the option of coming to the College's main campus to have the College photographer take a photo of you for the Video Board. Photos of graduates will be taken at the Photo Studio located on the third floor of the College's Campus Center, Room 307, on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, April 21st, 10:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 5th, 4:00pm to 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 6th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Thursday, May 7th, 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Additional hours added 5/8/15:
  • Monday, May 11, 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 12, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 13, 10:00am to 12:00pm

If you have any questions about this specific initiative, please email gradphoto@luzerne.edu and we will be happy to answer your questions.

We are hoping that all graduates will participate in the display of graduate's photos. We look forward to helping your family, friends and loved ones further recognize you on this most special night.

 Ceremony Information (Return)

  • May 28, 2015 Mohegan Sun Arena
  • Doors Open: 4:30 p.m.
  • Procession begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

 Graduation Speaker (Return)

Luzerne County Community College will hold its 47th annual Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m., at Mohegan Sun Arena. Ashley Rhodes-Courter will be this year's Commencement speaker.

Rhodes-Courter was born to a single teenage mother and was in Florida's foster care system by the age of three, where she spent nearly ten years, going through fourteen different homes.

She attended Eckerd College and was the recipient of the full-tuition Eckerd College Trustee Scholarship, the school's most prestigious full tuition award. She graduated early with honors earning a degree with a double major in communications and theater, and a double minor in political science and psychology. She then earned her master's degree in social work from University of Southern California.

In 2003, Rhodes-Courter's grand prize-winning essay about her adoption day was published by New York Times Magazine. She expanded her essay into a memoir, "Three Little Words" which became a New York Times bestseller and is currently being made into a major motion picture. Her second book will be released sometime this year. Rhodes-Courter received the Youth Advocate of the Year Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children and was selected as one of the four Golden Brick Award winners for outstanding advocacy for community change by Do Something. She was named one of GLAMOUR Magazine's Top Ten College Women, and in 2012, she was named the International Woman of the Year by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

She hosted a television program, "Explore Adoption" which was produced by the state of Florida to raise the public's awareness of foster children in need of loving and permanent homes; the segment won an Emmy in 2009. She also is the recipient of the Kids to Kids National Service Award from the Child Welfare League of America. Rhodes-Courter was selected to represent and mentor an online global community for women that offers opportunities to exchange ideas, collaborate, and provide support to one another as part of Levi's Shape What's To Come campaign in 2010. Her work with the campaign was featured at the TED Women's Conference in Washington, D.C. At the age of 26, she ran for the Florida State Senate. She also has been invited to the White House and has spoken on Capitol Hill. She has traveled to Europe, South Africa, and China to study child welfare and social policies.

In her community, Rhodes-Courter serves on the boards of the Pasco/Pinellas Heart Gallery and Personal Enrichment Mental Health Services (PEMHS). She also consults with many local and international agencies that work in the mental health, human rights, education, and child welfare fields. She is now a foster parent herself, and has cared for more than 20 children.

 General Commencement Protocol (Return)

The Commencement exercise is a formal academic ceremony. Please press your gown prior to the evening of graduation. We request that you dress appropriately to maintain the dignity of commencement. Please do not wear jeans or sneakers since it is not conducive to graduation attire.

 Commencement Day Information (Return)

You are requested to report to the Mohegan Sun Arena at 5:00 p.m. Graduates should enter the Arena at the West Gate. You will be directed by college staff to the Event Level to align for the procession. Please bring your graduation card with you. Your graduation card will be mailed to you during the second week in May.

Personal Belongings: There is no secure place to store personal belongings (i.e., purses, coats) during the Commencement ceremony, therefore, please do not bring personal belongings to the Commencement ceremony.

Parking for Graduates: Students are requested to park at the West Gate entrance. You will enter the arena at the Concourse Level Entrance and college staff will be available to provide you direction.

Parking for Parents/Guests: Parking for parents and guests will be at the East Gate. Security Personnel will be available to provide direction.

Seating: The only reserved seating for commencement is for graduates, faculty and administration. All other seating is on a general admission basis for relatives and friends. Therefore, no ticket for admission is necessary and there is no limit on the number of guests.

Graduates and Guest with Disabilities: Ceremonies are accessible to all graduates and guests. Accessible parking will be available in close proximity to the entrance of the Arena and college security will be available to assist with any needs.

College staff will be stationed at several locations to assist disabled guests to reserved section for wheelchairs. Graduates with physical disabilities who need assistance to participate in the ceremony should call 1-800-377-5222, ext. 7344 to make arrangements. A sign language interpreter will be positioned near the speaker to accommodate those with hearing disabilities.

Commencement Photographs: In order to ensure that all members of the audience are able to enjoy the commencement program, the College is asking parents and guests to refrain from approaching the commencement platform during the ceremony to take photographs. The College will be strictly enforcing this guideline. Because the college recognizes that you may want to have a photograph of yourself as you receive your diploma from the President, we have arranged for Earl and Sedor Photographic to capture that special moment for you. You will receive information on photographs approximately two weeks after graduation to provide you the opportunity to view your photograph on line. Any questions regarding your photographic should be directed to Earl and Sedor at 283-5055 or http://www.earlandsedor.com.

Graduation Honors: The following students will be recognized at graduation for scholastic achievement. A student with a cumulative honor point average of 4.0 will graduate SUMMA CUM LAUDE. The recognition of students graduating Summa Cum Laude will be done with an announcement at the time you receive your diploma and a plaque denoting this honor will be awarded to you after the ceremony when you are issued your diploma. Graduates between 3.75 and 3.99 will be certified Magna Cum Laude; between 3.50 and 3.74 will be recognized Cum Laude. Recognition for these honors between 3.5 and 3.99 will be noted on the graduation program next to your name. Gold Tassels will be mailed to honor students after the final grades have been submitted for the semester. (This is not a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Tassel) the gold tassel represents academic honors as mentioned above.

Graduation Flower Sale: The Alumni Association has made arrangements with Commencement Flowers Inc. to have a variety of floral arrangements available for purchase at the Arena. To view the selection of fresh flowers, or to preorder, visit their website at www.CommencementFlowers.com/index.php/Luzerne. New this year! Commemorative graduation tee shirts with the names of all LCCC graduates will be available for purchase. A portion of all sales will benefit LCCC.

Awards: The college recognizes graduates for the Outstanding Graduate Award and Outstanding Adult Learner Graduate Award.

 Graduation Awards (Return)

Outstanding Adult Learner Graduate Award
Cover Letter/Form .pdf .doc

Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award Nomination
Cover Letter/Form .pdf .doc

 Commencement FAQ's (Return)

When is Commencement?
May 28, 2015

Can I participate in May even though I won't graduate until August?
Yes, in the event a student meets the minimum grade point average of 2.0 and meets all but six credits or less of his/her degree, certificate or diploma program requirements, he/she may participate in the May commencement provided the following conditions are met:

  1. the student has registered for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.
  2. the student has paid the tuition for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.

The President's Office Office may approve registration for the required course(s) for the fall term if the College does not offer the required course(s) in the subsequent summer session.

When should I arrive?
You should arrive at 5:00 p.m. and you are requested to enter the Arena at the West Gate.

What should I bring to commencement?
Your cap, gown, hood, tassel and graduation card. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ENTER THE ARENA WITH ANY BOTTLES OR CONTAINERS. SODA AND WATER WILL BE SOLD AT THE CONCESSIONS STANDS.

How will you know whether or not to read my name?
You will present your Graduation Card to the reader when you go up on stage. Your graduation card will be mailed to you in early May.

What if I cannot attend the Commencement Ceremony?
If you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, you can email the President's Office Office at jminor@luzerne.edu. Please note that if you do not attend the Commencement Ceremony you may pick-up your diploma in Building #5, the President's Office Office beginning Wednesday, June 3rd from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. If you do not pick up your degree, the college will mail it to you approximately three weeks after the Commencement ceremony. Please be aware that if you choose to have your diploma mailed, LCCC will be blameless should your diploma be lost in transit, and to receive a replacement diploma, you will be obligated to pay a fee of $25.00 to cover the cost of replacement.

How will I know if I can graduate in May?
After the Office of Academic Affairs Office evaluates your application, you will be contacted only if a problem exists with your application. It is your responsibility to make certain that the following is complete if it applies to you:

  • Transfer credits from other colleges - an official transcript must be on file and evaluated for transfer of credits.
  • Substitution of Courses - you must complete a variance form which may be obtained in the Academic Affairs Office.
  • Incomplete Grades - all incomplete grades must be completed and a grade change submitted by May 1.
  • Financial Obligations - all unpaid balances including parking and library fines must be satisfied.

Where do I get my cap and gown?
Your cap and gown will be available in the College Bookstore, Third Floor, Campus Center, beginning March 9, 2015, during regular Bookstore hours; Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. At this time, you will receive your cap, gown, hood and graduation announcements.

The graduation fee is payment for your cap and gown, ten announcements, your diploma and other costs associated with graduation. Additional commencement accessories will be available for you to purchase at the College Bookstore.

Honor Societies
Each honor society of the college has a special recognition for their graduates. You should contact the advisor of the appropriate honor society to learn of the specific items available to recognize your achievement.

Will my name appear in the commencement booklet even if I'm not graduating until August?
Yes, your name will appear in the Commencement program as long as you have completed an application for graduation and indicated your intention to participate in the commencement ceremony, satisfied the 2.0 GPA, and have less than 6 credits to complete. You must also register and pay the tuition for the courses you need to complete over the summer semester.

If I have further questions, whom should I contact?
Counseling Department - If you need to discuss meeting the requirements for graduation or advise on course selection for future semesters should be directed to the Counseling Department. 1-800-377-5222 ext. 7451 or ddennis@luzerne.edu

Academic Affairs - Questions concerning qualifications, academic transcripts, incomplete grades and variances. 1-800-377-5222 ext. 7422 or pgorham@luzerne.edu

President's Office - All other questions concerning graduation should be directed to the President's Office, Bldg #5. (570) 740-0344 or jminor@luzerne.edu