Commencement Ceremony

Lake Erie College welcomes graduates and their families. Please familiarize yourself with the information contained in this section and share it with others who may be accompanying you on this special day. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we celebrate this momentous occasion.

Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, Commencement for May 2021 will be offering individual time slots with the President in place of a full ceremony.

Please look at the Academic Calendar for Spring and Fall commencement dates.

Graduation Application

All students must apply to graduate. Graduation applications are due by December 1st for spring graduation and May 1st for summer or fall graduation. The $150.00 graduation fee is automatically billed to your account. If you have any questions regarding graduation applications or deadlines, please call the Registrar's Office (440.375.7010).

Click here to access the Graduation Application.

Tickets

Each student will receive 4 tickets* for the commencement ceremony. We will make a determination of the number of tickets when we have the final number of students participating in the ceremony. We will update students at that time. Graduates will need to report to the facility an hour before the ceremony and must remain there until the ceremony procession begins.

*Due to COVID-19 the number of tickets per graduate may vary.

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsal is mandatory and will be held the week before the ceremony. Rehearsal dates and times will be e-mailed to you along with your graduation confirmation. If you do not participate in the rehearsal, you will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

The seating chart is based upon rehearsal attendance and cannot be changed after rehearsal. During rehearsal, we will go through the entire ceremony allowing you to cross the stage when your name is called.

Not participating? If you know that you will NOT be participating in the graduation ceremony, you must notify the Registrar's Office. Your diploma will be held in the Registrar's Office for you to pick up any time after your conferral date. Please note: if you send someone to pick up your diploma in your stead, you must send them with written permission allowing us to release the diploma to them.

Appropriate attire for Commencement

- It is a good idea to take your cap and gown out of the bag and hang on a hanger, a few days before the ceremony to relax wrinkles. You may steam or iron your gown with a WARM iron (not hot) to ensure a neat appearance.

Don't have a steamer or iron? Hang your gown on a hanger in the bathroom and the steam from the shower should reduce the look of the wrinkles!

- Dresses or dress pants and blouse and clean dress shoes. We suggest avoiding very high heels. These can make maneuvering ramps or steps difficult/dangerous.

- Trousers, dress shirt and tie and clean dress shoes

- Flip-flops are not appropriate footwear for a formal event! These can make maneuvering ramps or steps difficult/dangerous.

Graduation Regalia

All graduating students participating in the ceremony must order graduation regalia (cap and gown). Your regalia order must be mailed to the Registrar's Office with our graduation form. Orders received after the regalia order is placed may be subject to an additional $10.00 late fee to cover special processing and shipping costs. All caps and gowns will be distributed at the rehearsals. Caps, gowns and hoods must be returned immediately following the graduation ceremony to the designated location. Those who do not return their regalia after the ceremony will not receive their diploma and will be billed for the replacement value of the cap and gown.

Parking Information

The December Ceremony will be held in the Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building.* The May Ceremony will be held in the Athletic & Wellness Center*. Admission tickets are required for all guests. *Due to COVID-19 the locations for the December and May commencements may change to support physical distancing.

Doors do not open until one hour before the ceremony.

Parking is available at any campus lot. Click here to view campus map

Billing

Remember: your account must be paid in full before your diploma can be released.

Transcripts

A transcript request form is available on the Lake Erie College registrar's website: lec.edu/transcript. Keep in mind that your graduation statement will not be on the transcript until after you graduate.

Other graduation questions can be directed to:

The Registrar's Office 440.375.7010 registrar@lec.edu


Commencement FAQ's

  • HOW MANY TICKETS DO I GET?

Each student will receive 4 tickets* for the commencement ceremony. We will make a determination of the number of tickets when we have the final number of students participating in the ceremony.

*Due to COVID-19 the number of tickets per graduate may vary.

  • WHERE DO I GET MY TICKETS?

You may pick up your tickets in the Registrar's Office (College Hall, 114) Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 once they are available. If you cannot pick up your tickets in the office, we will give them to you at your rehearsal.

  • IS THERE A COST FOR TICKETS?

No.

  • HOW DO I GET EXTRA TICKETS?

Call or e-mail the Registrar's Office with your request: registrar@lec.edu or 440.375.7010. If there are extras, they will be given to you at your rehearsal. We will do our best to accommodate you, but there is no guarantee that extras will be available.

  • CAN I BUY EXTRA TICKETS?

No.

  • WHAT IS THE GRADUATION FEE FOR? IF I'M NOT WALKING AT COMMENCEMENT, DO I STILL HAVE TO PAY IT?

All graduating students pay the Graduation Fee, even if they choose not to participate in Commencement. Although some of it goes toward auditing your record and procuring your diploma, the fee is primarily to maintain your record securely from now and infinitum.