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.
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All students must apply to graduate. Graduation applications are due by December 1st for spring graduation and summer graduation. May 1st for 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).
Each student will receive their desired amount of tickets for the commencement ceremony. Graduates will need to report to the facility an hour before the ceremony and must remain there until the ceremony procession begins.
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.
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.
All graduating students participating in the ceremony must order graduation regalia (cap and gown). Your regalia order must be submitted 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 by the Registrar’s Office. Caps, gowns and hoods must be returned 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.
The May Ceremony will be held at Classic Park. Admission tickets are required for all guests. Doors open for guests at 10:15 a.m.
Parking is available in the stadium’s Gold Lot.
Remember: your account must be paid in full before your diploma can be released.
Keep in mind that your graduation statement will not be on the transcript until after you graduate. Other graduation questions can be directed to:
HOW MANY TICKETS DO I GET?
Each student will receive the number of tickets they have requested.
WHERE DO I GET MY TICKETS?
Tickets will be distributed at rehearsal.
IS THERE A COST FOR TICKETS?
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.