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2014 Graduation & Commencement

2014 Commencement - Friday, May 16, 2014  

LLCC graduatesDear Graduates of 2014,

On behalf of the Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, I congratulate you on the upcoming completion of your studies at LLCC. Commencement is a time to be recognized for your academic achievements and a time to celebrate those accomplishments with family and friends. I invite you to participate in the 2014 commencement activities to be held Friday, May 16. 

I look forward to seeing you walk across the stage at Commencement 2014!

Charlotte J. Warren, Ph.D.
LLCC President 

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.

Make Commencement 2014 a celebratory evening with friends and family. You earned it, they know it, celebrate life's achievements!

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

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.

Graduation Requirements:

  • 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. 

Student Honors

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.  

Commencement 2014

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY   The 2014 commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.   Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 graduates and prospective Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 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.   All graduates and their guests are welcome to attend the reception following the ceremony. Students should arrive at the Convention Center by 7:00 pm with cap-gown & tassel

COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL  Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 16 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 RECEPTION  The LLCC Alumni Association will host a complimentary reception for graduates and guests at the Convention Center immediately following the commencement ceremony.

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) for just $20 from the LLCC Bookstore by April 15, 2014. Your purchase includes a tassel and 10 complimentary announcements. Additional sets of announcements may be purchased at the LLCC Bookstore.  April 15 is the deadline to be guaranteed your gown size; however, students are welcome to purchase gowns in stock. Gowns previously worn at other graduation ceremonies are not acceptable. 


GradFest will kick off cap and gown sales March 19-20 from 9am - 4pm 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

Alumni Association Spirit Tassel

In addition to hosting the reception following commencement, the Alumni Association is proud to offer you the chance to purchase a commemorative spirit tassel. Contact the LLCC Foundation at 786-4612 or click: Alumni Spirit Tassel Challenge


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. 

Commencement Photographer

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!

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.



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