• Graduation and Commencement

    52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony

    Lewis and Clark Community College's 52nd Annual Commencement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2023 in the Hatheway Cultural Center's Ann Whitney Olin Theatre. 

    Graduate check-in will begin at 5 p.m. in the Hatheway Gallery. 

    Doors to the auditorium will open at 6 p.m. Each graduate will be limited to 4 guests* to give everyone the opportunity to have a supporter in the room when they cross the stage. Additional seating will be available in The Commons, where a livestream of the ceremony will be playing. Guests may also watch the livestream, courtesy of, on the college's YouTube Channel,





    * If you have a guest that needs accessible seating or parking, please contact the Center for Access and Accommodations at (618) 468-4121. Requests need to be made by May 12, 2023 to ensure availability.

    Join us in The Commons after the ceremony for a reception in honor of the graduates. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, as well as live musical entertainment. Graduates will have the opportunity to join the Alumni Association for FREE and take home a gift from the college. 

    We will not be providing professional portraits this year, but L&C photographers will be on site capturing candid photos and graduate snapshots. These high resolution images which will be available for free download on the college's Flickr page,, within 2-4 weeks of the ceremony.

    Order your Cap and Gown

    Cap and gown ordering is available now at Josten's online store. Orders must be placed before April 25.

    The Graduation Process

    What you need to graduate:

    • See our Academic Calendar for graduation application deadlines, and meet with your faculty advisor (or an advisor in the Enrollment Center) before that date.
    • During your appointment:
      • Complete the Online Application for Graduation through Student Self-Service.
      • If you are wanting to participate in Commencement, you must order your cap and gown before the spring deadline.
      • Check degree requirements by viewing your program evaluation.
      • Fill out the Illinois Occupational Follow-Up Survey.
    • Complete the course requirements listed on your official graduation evaluation. (PLEASE NOTE: After completing this application procedure, you will not receive any further correspondence from the college regarding degree or certificate requirements. It is your responsibility to complete these requirements. If you fail or withdraw from any required course, contact the Registrar in the Enrollment Center immediately to change your graduation date.)

    Any exception or waiver of these requirements must be approved by the Academic Vice President.

    Other Important Graduation Information

    After the semester in which you plan to graduate ends, the Enrollment Center will certify your graduation. Your transcript will be updated to show your degree, and your diploma will be pre-dated. You will be informed by L&C email if the Registrar is unable to certify your graduation. If the problem can be resolved, your graduation will be certified; otherwise, you will need to let the Registrar know when you will complete the requirements. Your file will remain inactive until you have enrolled for all courses required to complete your degree and contacted the Registrar.

    If you need any waivers or substitutions, it is your responsibility to contact your coordinator and make sure the proper forms are initiated and processed. The Enrollment Center will send you a copy when the process is complete.

    The Registrar will contact you when your diploma is ready.

    Past Ceremonies

    51st Annual Commencement Ceremony

    Lewis and Clark Community College's 51st Annual Commencement ceremony was held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Alton Public School Stadium (West Elementary) located at 1513 State St. in Alton, IL, for all December 2021 and May 2022 graduates.

    Hi-res photos of the Pre-Grad Party and the 51st Annual Commencement Ceremony are available for free download from the Lewis and Clark Community College Flickr page. Full video of the ceremony is available on the college's YouTube channel.