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  • Graduation and Commencement

    50th Annual Commencement ceremony

    Lewis and Clark Community College's 50th Annual Commencement ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 19 at Public School Stadium (West Elementary) located at 1513 State St. in Alton, IL. This will be an outdoor ceremony, weather and COVID-19 conditions permitting. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 20 at the same location. Please see the commencement schedule for ceremony requirements, arrival time and other important information.



    Hi-res photos and full video of the commencement ceremony will be available for free download from the Lewis and Clark Community College Flickr page and L&C's YouTube page.

    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 by Apr. 6. The deadline to order has expired. We are not taking late requests. Students may pick up caps and gowns starting Monday, May 3rd at the Bookstore pick-up window (Baldwin Hall 1407)from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      • 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, Heidi Plunkett, at

    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.