Applying for Graduation
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.
NOTE: Applying for graduation is separate from signing up to participate in the annual Commencement Ceremony. There is a separate sign up in March for the Commencement Ceremony each May.
Prior to submitting the graduation application, students should meet with a Student Success Coach for a degree audit to ensure all requirements have been met for their degree or certificate program.
Submit a Graduation Application through Logger Central, download the hard copy of the Graduation Application , or pick up a copy of the application in the Student Records Office in Menard Hall on the Springfield Campus and at any LLCC location.
- 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 for inclusion in commencement program and news release. Special ordered gowns 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.
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 2020 commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the BOS Center in Springfield. The ceremony usually lasts less then two hours. Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 graduates and prospective Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 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 15th starting at noon at the BOS Center. Detailed instructions will be given at that time. Attendance is recommended but not mandatory – and some lucky participants will win door prizes! Rehearsal usually lasts less than an hour. There is no need to bring your cap and gown to rehearsal. Casual attire is acceptable.
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, room 1255). If you are not taking classes at the Springfield campus or need additional information, please call 217-786-2213.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Special seating is available for those using a wheelchair or who are hearing impaired. Please call 217-786-2213 no later than May 14, 2020 to request special seating. Special seating is limited to four guests per graduate.
PURCHASE YOUR CAP AND 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 15 is the deadline to be guaranteed your gown size; however, students are welcome to purchase gowns in stock until May 14. Gowns previously worn at other graduation ceremonies are not acceptable. Decorating caps is allowed.
GRADFEST: GradFest will kick off cap and gown sales March 18-19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at all LLCC locations. After GradFest, you may pick up your cap and 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.
DIPLOMAS: 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. You can visit their site: www.gradimages.com.
BOOKSTORE: 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 2020 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 2018 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: 217-786-4956.