Spring Graduation Information


Luzerne County Community College is planning to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies for 2021 on the originally scheduled date of Thursday, May 27. Three ceremonies will be held on May 27, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m., at Mohegan Sun Arena. Graduates will attend their designated ceremony according to their academic program of study: 10 a.m. - Health Sciences, Exercise Science, and Sciences; 2 p.m. - General Studies, Communication Arts, English, Humanities, Culinary, and Social Sciences; and 6 p.m. - Business, Applied Technology, Math, Computer Science, and Computer Information Systems.

The ceremonies will be held in accordance with state and local health and safety protocols. Due to the state limitations on indoor gatherings, all graduates will be limited to two guests per graduate. Tickets will be required for everyone including the graduates. All seat reservations are on a first-come, first served basis. There will be no exceptions made.

All three ceremonies on May 27, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m., at Mohegan Sun Arena will be available online, live, via the Luzerne's YouTube channel to watch from where ever you are. The live stream will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to each ceremony. Our YouTube Channel can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/LuzerneCCC

You can use the YouTube app to stream from your phone or mobile device.

The ceremonies will be recorded and available on YouTube for watching later as well if you are unable to watch it live.

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.

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 Self Service 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 26, 2021 for the May Commencement and July 23, 2021 for receiving your diploma in August (Aug 26, 2021). 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.

Graduation Application

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 jminor@luzerne.edu 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 (jminor@luzerne.edu) or the Academic Affairs Office (pgorham@luzerne.edu) 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.

Three ceremonies will be held on May 27, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m., at Mohegan Sun Arena. Graduates will attend their designated ceremony according to their academic program of study:

  • 10 a.m. - Health Sciences, Exercise Science, and Sciences
  • 2 p.m. - General Studies, Communication Arts, English, Humanities, Culinary, and Social Sciences
  • 6 p.m. - Business, Applied Technology, Math, Computer Science, and Computer Information Systems

You must arrive at the Arena dressed in your Commencement regalia with your mask, ticket and Graduation card.

Commencement Photographs - The College also recognizes that you may want to have a photograph of yourself as you receive your diploma from the President; therefore, we have arranged for a professional photographer to capture that special moment for you. Earl & Sedar Photographic will contact you after graduation to provide you the opportunity to view your photograph on-line.

Commencement Flowers - The Alumni Association is sponsoring a flower sale at each of the Commencement Ceremonies at Mohegan Sun Arena. Commencement Flowers will be a table located near the East Gate entrance of the arena. In addition to a beautiful selection of roses they will be selling class t-shirts. For more information or to order now and save time check out their website at www.commencementflowers.com/index.php/Luzerne. Pre-orders are encouraged. A portion of the proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

Contact Joanie Minor at 570-740-0344 for more information on tickets.

All graduates and guests must adhere to the Guidelines established by Luzerne County Community College and the Mohegan Sun Arena at all times, maintaining wearing a mask at all times, 6-foot social distancing (exception to guests in the same party), washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and practicing other good health behaviors such as avoiding touching your face and coverning your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Anyone failing to comply will not be permitted access to the ceremony. No exceptions will be made.

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MoheganSun Know Before You Go


You may order your cap and gown free of charge HERE. The deadline to order is Friday, April 16. . More details will be provided by your Trailblazer Bookstore.

Family and Guests are requested to enter at the East Gate. Graduates will enter at the West Gate.

Diplomas for the Class of 2021 will be mailed to the address that is on file. Please be certain to change your address with the Admissions Office if you have moved. Estimated delivery time is 4 weeks after the Commencement Ceremony.

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

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

Graduates will be recognized for Honors by their Fall 2020 grades.

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 by mail when you receive your diploma. Graduates between 3.75 and 3.99 will be certified Magna Cum Laude and 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.

HONOR SOCITIES

If you are member of one of the College's Honor Societies, it will be noted on the Commencement program. If you have any questions regarding one of the Honor Societies, please contact the following Advisors:

  • ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA - Mrs. Bonnie Lauer at 570-740-0734 or blauer@luzerne.edu
  • KAPPA BETA DELTA - Dr. Gary Mrozinski at 570-740-0538 or gmrozinski@luzerne.edu
  • PHI THETA KAPPA - Mrs. Kristen Corcoran at 570-740-0429 or kcorcoran@luzerne.edu
  • PSI BETA - Dr. Janis Wilson-Seeley at 570-740-0685 or jseeley@luzerne.edu and & Mrs. Lynn Grilli at 570-740-0532 or lgrilli@luzene.edu
  • SIGMA KAPPA DELTA - Ms. Bonnie Pajka at 570-740-0545 or rpajka@luzerne.edu

All in-person commencement ceremonies will be live streamed on the Luzerne County Community College homepage. Please share this information with your family and friends who are not able to celebrate with you in-person. LINK HERE-COMING SOON

When is Commencement?
May 27, 2021

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.

Where do I order my cap and gown?
You may order your cap and gown free of charge HERE.

Where do I register for tickets?
Contact Joanie Minor at 570-740-0344 for more information on tickets.

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