Spring Graduation Information
The LCCC Bookstore is holding a Design Your Cap Contest for Commencement. Submit your entries to the College's Instagram site using the hashtag #luzernegradcap. The winner will receive a $25.00 Bookstore gift card! All entries must be submitted on or before May 17th and the winner will be announced May 20th!
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:
- the student has registered for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.
- 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.
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 Self Service (with your WebAdvisor username and password) and review your degree audit by clicking on "Graduation Overview" then "Review My Academic Progress".
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 22, 2019 for the May Commencement and July 19, 2019 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.
- There is no fee to apply.
After I submit an application for graduation, does that mean I will 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 Self Service. After you review your Academic Evaluation, and you have questions regarding your eligibility, 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, but you will need to contact the President's Office in building #5 by phone at 570-740-0344 or by email at email@example.com to request a change of graduation date. If you completed the requirements in the next academic semester and did not contact the college to request a change of graduation date you need to complete and submit a new graduation application in order to graduate in the following semester.
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 and do not contact the President's Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Academic Affairs Office (email@example.com) your name will be removed from the graduation list and the Commencement program. You will need to reapply and complete a new graduation application in order to graduate in the next academic semester.
I graduated last May but I still had a class I had to complete and I'm taking it now. What do I do to get my diploma?
If you still have incomplete requirements, you did not graduate (though you may have participated in the Commencement Ceremony) Actual graduation requires all courses be successfully completed. Many students participate in the Commencement Ceremony in May, and then complete requirements over the summer. In this case, the graduation date, which will print on the diploma and the transcript, is in August. If you completed or will complete the requirements in the next academic semester, and did not contact the college to request a change of graduation date you need to complete and submit another graduation application.
I want to graduate in May but I still have classes to complete. Can I participate if I did not finish all my classes?
Although you cannot officially graduate until all coursework is complete you can participate in the Commencement Ceremony in May
How do I complete the on-line graduation application?
You must be certain the college has your correct current address before you apply to graduate. Putting a new address on the graduation application is not sufficient to change your address. You must submit a Change of Address form to update your address before you apply to graduate.
The Application for Graduation asks how your wish your name to appear on your diploma.
You must use the last name we have in our system. You cannot request a last name on a diploma if we do not have it in our system, unless you first officially change your name with the college (Providing proof of the change). For instance, you cannot request your diploma to state what will be your future married last name. Suffix means "Jr" "II" or "III". It does not mean "Mr." "Mrs.," etc.: these are prefixes, not suffixes, and they don't belong on the diploma.
Be cautious of using shortened version of your first name, even if this is what you are commonly called. This is a formal document, and it is appropriate to have "Joseph." Rather than "Joe" printed on your diploma.
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, May 29, 2019 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.
May 21, 2019 - Campus Center, Second Floor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com by Friday, May 17th. 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. To scheduled your photo, please contact Mark James at 570-740-0738 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Studio Hours:
- Thursday, May 2nd - 1 to 3:30 pm
- Monday, May 6th - 1 to 3:30 pm
- Tuesday, May 7th - 11 am to 1 pm
- Wednesday, May 8th - 1 to 3:30 pm
- Thursday, May 9th - 10am to 12 noon and 2 to 4 pm
If you have any questions about this specific initiative, please email email@example.com 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.
Doors Open: 4:30 p.m.
Procession begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Jeff Cox will be this year's Commencement speaker.
Cox is the finance editor for CNBC.com, where he manages news coverage of the financial markets and Wall Street. He is a frequent guest on CNBC and his articles have appeared on the websites for USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo Finance, and other CNBC partners. Prior to joining CNBC in 2007, he worked at CNNMoney where he wrote extensively on alternative energy, technology, and banking.
Having begun his journalism career in 1987, Cox has covered a wide range of news stories including the collapse of the financial system, presidential politics, and local government. He spent 18 years working in print journalism, including nine years in senior editing positions.
He is co-author of the books Debt, Deficits and the Demise of the American Economy and The 30-Minute Millionaire. He has received multiple awards during his career including from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers as well as newspaper associations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association cited Cox twice for commentary, including a series of columns he wrote after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Additionally, Cox spoke at Columbia University about his award-winning series on the cost of education which was honored by the New Jersey Press Association for public service journalism.
Cox is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and lives in Pennsylvania along the Delaware River with his wife, Mary Ellen.
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.
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 partnered with Commencement Flowers Inc. to have a variety of floral arrangements available for purchase at the Arena. Save time and buy your flowers at the Ceremony. It is recommended that you preorder to guarantee availability. To view the selection of roses, visit their website at https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/luzerne/.
In addition they will also have commemorative tee shirts for sale that includes the listing of all graduate names. Preorder today to guarantee you size.
A portion of all sales will benefit LCCC student programs.
Both the flowers and t-shirts have sold out in previous years so order today to guarantee your items!
Awards: The college recognizes graduates for the Outstanding Graduate Award and Outstanding Adult Learner Graduate Award.
When is Commencement?
May 23, 2019
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:
- the student has registered for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, May 29, 2019 from 9:00 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 $10.00 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 11, 2019, during regular Bookstore hours; Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. At this time, you will receive your cap, gown, and hood.
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.
- ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA - Ed Hennigan (570) 740-0399 or email@example.com
- PHI THETA KAPPA - Dr. Stephen Housenick (570) 740-0618 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- PSI BETA - Rose Poulakas at 570-740-0545 or email@example.com
- SIGMA KAPPA DELTA - Bonnie Pajka at (570) 740-0545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- KAPPA BETA DELTA - Gary Mrozinski at (570) 740-0538 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Affairs - Questions concerning qualifications, academic transcripts, incomplete grades and variances. 1-800-377-5222 ext. 7422 or email@example.com
President's Office - All other questions concerning graduation should be directed to the President's Office, Bldg #5. (570) 740-0344 or firstname.lastname@example.org