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  • Graduation and Commencement

    49th Annual Commencement ceremony

    To ensure everyone's safety during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Lewis and Clark Community College's 49th Annual Commencement ceremony will be presented in a virtual format. The ceremony will premiere live at 7 p.m., Sunday, December 20, on the college’s YouTube channel, and will celebrate the achievements of those who graduated in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020.

    All participating graduates are asked to submit a photo of themselves in their cap and gown (mobile phone photos are ok) via email to Heidi Plunkett, no later than Friday, October 30. If you would prefer to have a campus photographer take your photo, please contact Heidi with that preference.

    Guidelines for Photos:

    • You must have been eligible to participate in the 49th Annual Commencement (graduated in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020).
    • Selfies are fine! Cap and gown optional.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What time does commencement start?
      The commencement ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on December 20th, 2020 on the college’s YouTube channel,
    • When is my commencement if I am graduating in December of 2020?
      Your commencement will be held during the regular ceremony in May of 2021.
    • Who is the December 20th, 2020 commencement for?
      The December 20th, 2020 commencement is for all students that graduated in the fall of 2019, spring of 2020, and summer of 2020.
    • What time should I tell guests to arrive?
      The doors of the auditorium will be opened for your guests at 1 p.m. They will want to arrive early.
    • Are tickets required?
      Tickets are not required. However, we strongly advise you to invite a limit of four guests to the ceremony. Seating is limited in the auditorium. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for first-come, first-served seating. Overflow seating will be available in the Commons of the McPike Math & Science Complex with television transmission of the ceremony.
    • When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?
      Your order can be picked up through the Bookstore. Check your student email for instructions.
    • What do I do if I cannot attend the ceremony?
      Contact the Registrar, Heidi Plunkett, at
    • Will my degree be posted at a later date as well?
      No, degrees will be posted onto transcripts once all grades are in for the spring semester for spring graduates.
    • When will I receive my diploma?
      Diplomas will mailed by US Postal Service. Graduates will receive a confirmation email from the Registrar when the diplomas are shipped.
    • Who do I contact for further commencement or graduation questions?
      Contact the Registrar, Heidi Plunkett, at

    48th Annual Commencement ceremony


    Hi Res photos and full video of past commencement ceremonies are 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 Blazernet.
      • If you are wanting to participate in Commencement, you must order your cap and gown by Apr. 6.
      • 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 ends in which you plan to graduate, the Enrollment Center will certify your graduation. Your transcript will be updated to show your degree, and your diploma will be predated. You will be informed by letter 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 state when you will complete the requirements. Your file will remain inactive until you schedule completion with the Enrollment Center.

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

    The Enrollment Center will inform you by letter when to pick up your diploma.