LLCC hosted a number of commencement related events the week of May 10 to celebrate our graduates!
LLCC’s virtual commencement premiered on Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and included the reading of graduates’ names along with their photos, degrees/certificates earned and any awards and honors. The event also featured remarks from Dr. Charlotte Warren, LLCC President; Ken Elmore, Chair, LLCC Board of Trustees; Julian Marvel, LLCC Student Trustee; and Laurenn York, LLCC instructor of English and recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award, along with congratulatory messages from trustees, faculty and staff. The 2021 Outstanding Graduate, Julia Kienzler, and the LLCC Honored Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Catherine A. Kush, were also acknowledged.
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Graduates who submitted a virtual commencement application were invited to participate in Graduate Drive-Through parade on the evening Thursday, May 13. Graduates planning to participate in the Graduate Parade must have submitted a Virtual Commencement Participation form.
Commencement week kicked off on Wednesday, May 12 with a Selfie Station for students to take selfies with a LLCC backdrop and other commencement related props. Students participating in the selfie station event received a diploma cover. The Selfie Stations were available on the Springfield campus on Wednesday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus and during the same days/times at the LLCC Outreach Centers in Litchfield, Jacksonville, Taylorville and Beardstown.
Application for Graduation
Students must submit an application for graduation through Logger Central. Remember, while the commencement related activities are optional, applying for graduation is still required to officially receive your certificate/degree. If you completed your certificate/degree in summer 2020, December 2020 or will be completing your certificate/degree in spring 2021 or summer 2021, and have not already done so, fill out a graduation application in Logger Central. Once the graduation application is received, potential grads will receive more specific details/information about Commencement related events.
If you have questions regarding your degree requirements, please reach out to your student success coach.
Applying for Graduation
Prospective graduates must submit a graduation application to LLCC Student Records 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 LLCC Commencement Ceremony.
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.
- 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
May 1: Deadline for graduation application to be considered a spring graduate
July 15: Deadline for graduation application to be considered a summer graduate
Dec. 1: Deadline for graduation application to be considered a fall graduate
LLCC 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 typically held in May of each year.