To some, it marks the end of a college experience. To others, it's a new beginning - either at a new school or in the job market. Discover what Commencement means to you.

53rd Annual Commencement

6 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Ann Whitney Olin Theatre, Hatheway Cultural Center

Each student will be allotted a certain number of guest tickets (TBD) to attend the ceremony. Additional guests can view the ceremony from the overflow room in The Commons or via the live stream online.

More information coming soon.

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.

Grad Bash 2024

Noon-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.
Hatheway Gallery

Pick up your Commencement regalia, guest tickets and more at this all-new event, and stay to enjoy free food, activities, and giveaways just for the Class of 2024. Those who are interested are invited to stay for an (optional) ceremony rehearsal at 3 p.m. 

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.
  • 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 Vice President of Student Affairs.

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

52nd Annual Commencement

Lewis and Clark Community College's 5n2 Annual Commencement ceremony was held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the Hatheway Cultural Center's Ann Whitney Olin Theatre.

Hi-res photos can be downloaded for free from Flickr.

51st Annual Commencement 

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. A full video of the ceremony is available on the college's YouTube channel.