Applying for Graduation
Graduation is NOT automatic. Regardless of whether a student wishes to take part in the commencement ceremony, prospective graduates must submit a graduation application to the Student Records Office by the deadline for the term in which all graduation requirements will be completed.
Prior to submitting the graduation application, students should see an Academic Advisor for a degree audit to ensure all requirements have been met for their degree or certificate program.
Apply on WebAdvisor, download the Graduation Application, or pick up a copy in the Student Records Office in Menard Hall on the Springfield campus and at other LLCC locations.
- Completion of course requirements as stated in catalog
- All financial obligations to the college must be paid
- LLCC grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00
- Associate degree GPA requirement – overall combined GPA, which includes both transfer work and LLCC credits, of at least 2.00
- Associate degree residency requirement – earn a minimum of 20 semester hours at LLCC. This does not include proficiency, CLEP or Advanced Placement credits.
- Certificate GPA requirement – only courses needed for the certificate are used and must be at least 2.00
- Certificate residency requirement – at least one-third of certificate courses must be taken at LLCC. This does not include proficiency, CLEP or Advanced Placement credits.
Important Deadlines to Remember
December 1: Deadline for graduation application to be considered a Fall graduate
March 1: Deadline for graduation application for prospective Spring and Summer graduates to be considered for awards. ex: Departmental Honors, Outstanding Graduate etc.
April 15: Deadline to be guaranteed your regalia size and inclusion in commencement program and news release. Special orders cannot be accepted after this date; however, students are welcome to purchase gowns in stock.
May 1: Deadline for graduation application to be considered a Spring graduate
July 15: Deadline for graduation application to be considered a Summer graduate
Lincoln Land calculates honors and high honors for associate degree graduates by combining all credits transferred from other colleges with those taken at Lincoln Land. Honors and high honors are also awarded for certificate programs requiring 30 or more semester hours. Student honors for certificate graduates are calculated by using only those courses needed for the certificate.
Those graduates who have an overall grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74 are considered “graduates with honors.” Graduates with an overall grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 are considered “graduates with high honors.” This status is posted on LLCC transcripts and diplomas after final evaluations have been conducted by the Student Records Evaluators.
“Graduates with high honors” who participate in commencement will be sent gold tassels in late April. “Graduates with honors” who participate in commencement will be sent silver tassels in late April. Honors tassels should be worn in place of the tassel supplied with the cap and gown. The student may keep both tassels.
What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?
- Graduation is the conferring of a degree or certificate upon completion of all program requirements. Students are made graduates at the end of the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
- Commencement is the ceremony to celebrate the completion of college work. The annual commencement ceremony is held in May of each year.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY: The 2017 commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 graduates and prospective Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 graduates who have submitted a graduation application are eligible to take part in the commencement ceremony. There is no limit to the number of guests for each graduate, and tickets are not required. Students should arrive at the Convention Center by 7 p.m. with cap, gown & tassel.
COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL: Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 12 starting at noon at the Convention Center. Detailed instructions will be given at that time. Attendance is recommended but not mandatory – and some lucky participants will win door prizes!
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Student speakers are an important tradition at LLCC. Graduates may nominate themselves or be nominated by faculty to be considered for this honor. Applications for student speaker will be available in March, with auditions to be held in early April. Applications may be picked up in the office of the Vice President of Student Services (Menard Hall rm 1255). If you are not taking classes at the Springfield campus or need additional information, please call 786-2213.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Special seating is available for those requiring accommodations. Please call 786-2213 if you or a guest needs special seating. Special seating is limited to four guests per graduate.
Purchase Your Cap & Gown
To participate in the commencement ceremony, each student must purchase a cap and gown (Academic Regalia) from the LLCC Bookstore. Your purchase includes a tassel and 10 complimentary announcements. Additional sets of announcements may be purchased at the LLCC Bookstore. April 14 is the deadline to be guaranteed your gown size; however, students are welcome to purchase gowns in stock until May 5. Gowns previously worn at other graduation ceremonies are not acceptable.
GradFest will kick off cap and gown sales March 15-16 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at all LLCC locations. After GradFest, you may pick up your cap & gown in the LLCC Bookstore on the main campus or have it delivered to another LLCC location of your choice. To order online, Click: LLCC Bookstore.
Diploma covers will be presented to each participant at the commencement ceremony. The diploma cover is recognition for your participation in the ceremony. Actual diplomas are mailed to graduates within eight weeks following the end of the term that graduation requirements are met.
A professional photographer will take pictures of the graduates receiving their diploma covers. The photographer will send a preview photo and an order form for picture purchase within two weeks following the ceremony. Graduates are under no obligation to purchase photographs.
In addition to selling commencement caps & gowns, your LLCC Bookstore offers graduate items. We have extra sets of announcements and tassels, as well as some great frames for your diploma, graduation announcement, tassel or photo! Stop in and see for yourself and congratulations on your accomplishment!
Student Recognition Ceremony
The Student Recognition Ceremony will take place May 2016 in the Student Union. This event is by invitation only. Student awards will include: Athletic Honors, CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Awards and IACT Awards, Honors Program Outstanding Graduates, Mathematics and Sciences Excellence Awards, Leadership Awards (club awards), RSM McGladrey and Pullen, LLP Outstanding Accounting Award, Denis P. Beveridge Memorial Scholarship Award, Ron Coffman Scholarship Award, Phi Theta Kappa All Illinois Academic Team, Lella M. Schaaf Advisor of the Year and LLCC 2015 Outstanding Graduate. The LLCC Stolen Moments Band will provide music, and light refreshments will be served following the ceremony in the A. Lincoln Commons.
Need Additional Information?
For questions or additional information, please stop by the Student Records Office, first floor of Menard Hall (Springfield campus) or call: 217-786-2575 or 217-786-2409.