Spring Graduation Information


The College will hold Commencement Virtual or In-person on May 27 at 6:00 pm. Further information regarding graduation will be provided after March 15.

In order to graduate from Luzerne County Community College upon completion of a credit program and receive a degree, certificate or diploma, students must apply for Graduation by the published deadline. Applications are not accepted after the deadline date. Each student must complete an application whether he/she is attending or is not attending the Commencement ceremony. Luzerne County Community College grants degrees, certificates and diplomas in credit programs only at the end of the spring semester and at the close of the summer session in August.

One formal Graduation ceremony is held annually, at the close of the spring semester in May. Students who have completed requirements at the end of the previous summer or fall, in addition to those who have completed their requirements in the spring semester, are invited to take part in the annual Commencement ceremony. Students granted their degree, certificate or diplomas at the end of the summer session in August are forwarded their diplomas by mail.

In order to qualify for a degree, certificate or diploma, a student must attain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 and satisfy all requirements of his/her program of study.

In the event a student meets the minimum grade point average of 2.0 and meets all but six credits or less of his/her degree, certificate or diploma program requirements, he/she may participate in the May commencement provided the following conditions are met:

  1. the student has registered for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.
  2. the student has paid the tuition for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.

The President's Office may approve registration for the required course(s) for the fall term if the College does not offer the required course(s) in the subsequent summer session.

Students enrolling in a program may follow the catalog in place at the time of their initial enrollment to determine their qualification for graduation providing they have not missed two or more consecutive semesters. Students may always select the catalog in place at the time of their graduation.

In the event a student is enrolled in one of the Health Sciences programs that ends in the subsequent summer session (precluding him/her from completing the program in the Spring), and that student meets the minimum grade point average for his/her curriculum, he/she may participate in the annual Commencement ceremony in May.

Students who participate in the annual Commencement Ceremony in May prior to completion of their program will be granted their degree, certificate or diploma upon the successful completion of the program and will be forwarded their diplomas by mail at the end of the Summer Session in August.

Degree requirements as stated in the catalog must be satisfied prior to the selected graduation date.

Students uncertain as to whether they are ready to apply should make an appointment with an academic advisor by calling 1-800-377-5222, ext. 7451 or ext. 7452 or log into Self Service (with your Self Service username and password) and review your degree audit by clicking on "Graduation Overview" then "Review My Academic Progress".

A diploma isn't just a piece of paper - it represents all your efforts and accomplishments. Here's how to get yours:

  • Complete the on-line application for graduation form. The application deadline date is February 26, 2021 for the May Commencement and July 23, 2021 for receiving your diploma in August (Aug 26, 2021). You will be able to participate in the May Commencement providing you meet the minimum grade point average of 2.0 and meet all but six credits or less in your degree, certificate or diploma program.
  • Each student must complete an application whether he/she is attending or is not attending the Commencement ceremony.
  • There is no fee to apply.

Graduation Application

After I submit an application for graduation, does that mean I will graduate?
No, after you complete the on-line application for graduation, the Academic Affairs Office ((570) 740-0422) will review your records to see if you have completed all the requirements for your particular program of study. If you do not meet the requirements, you will receive a letter informing you that your evaluation was reviewed and that we found you do not meet the requirements for graduation.

How will I know if I meet all requirements for graduation?
You can review your Academic Evaluation on Self Service. After you review your Academic Evaluation, and you have questions regarding your eligibility, please contact your academic advisor.

If I need to change my graduation date or change my major, do I need to reapply for graduation?
No, but you will need to contact the President's Office in building #5 by phone at 570-740-0344 or by email at jminor@luzerne.edu to request a change of graduation date. If you completed the requirements in the next academic semester and did not contact the college to request a change of graduation date you need to complete and submit a new graduation application in order to graduate in the following semester.

What happens if I do not complete my degree requirements by graduation day?
If you fail to meet academic standards or complete all degree requirements and do not contact the President's Office (jminor@luzerne.edu) or the Academic Affairs Office (pgorham@luzerne.edu) your name will be removed from the graduation list and the Commencement program. You will need to reapply and complete a new graduation application in order to graduate in the next academic semester.

I graduated last May but I still had a class I had to complete and I'm taking it now. What do I do to get my diploma?
If you still have incomplete requirements, you did not graduate (though you may have participated in the Commencement Ceremony) Actual graduation requires all courses be successfully completed. Many students participate in the Commencement Ceremony in May, and then complete requirements over the summer. In this case, the graduation date, which will print on the diploma and the transcript, is in August. If you completed or will complete the requirements in the next academic semester, and did not contact the college to request a change of graduation date you need to complete and submit another graduation application.

I want to graduate in May but I still have classes to complete. Can I participate if I did not finish all my classes?
Although you cannot officially graduate until all coursework is complete you can participate in the Commencement Ceremony in May

How do I complete the on-line graduation application?
You must be certain the college has your correct current address before you apply to graduate. Putting a new address on the graduation application is not sufficient to change your address. You must submit a Change of Address form to update your address before you apply to graduate.

The Application for Graduation asks how your wish your name to appear on your diploma.

You must use the last name we have in our system. You cannot request a last name on a diploma if we do not have it in our system, unless you first officially change your name with the college (Providing proof of the change). For instance, you cannot request your diploma to state what will be your future married last name. Suffix means "Jr" "II" or "III". It does not mean "Mr." "Mrs.," etc.: these are prefixes, not suffixes, and they don't belong on the diploma.

Be cautious of using shortened version of your first name, even if this is what you are commonly called. This is a formal document, and it is appropriate to have "Joseph." Rather than "Joe" printed on your diploma.

The College plans to display the names and photos of the graduates at the Commencement program whether the program is held virtual or in-person. These photos will appear as your name is read by the President.

We would like you to participate by providing a recent photo of yourself. The photo should be a high resolution head shot. Please see the samples below. If you do not provide a photo, a graduate silhouette will appear above your name. Please be advised that all photos will be reviewed and approved before they are displayed. Photos may be resized or cropped in order to be displayed in the required 400 x 600 dpi resolution.

Please email a photo of yourself to gradphoto@luzerne.edu by Friday, May 14th. Make sure you include your name and student ID within your email message.

We will also provide you with the option of coming to the College's main campus to have the College photographer take a photo of you for the Video Board. Photos of graduates will be taken at the Photo Studio located on the third floor of the College's Campus Center, Room 307. To scheduled your photo, please contact Mark James at 570-740-0738 or mjames2@luzerne.edu

Open Studio Hours: TBA

If you have any questions about this specific initiative, please email gradphoto@luzerne.edu and we will be happy to answer your questions.

We are hoping that all graduates will participate in the display of graduate's photos. We look forward to helping your family, friends and loved ones further recognize you on this most special night.

Outstanding Adult Learner Graduate Award
Cover Letter/Form On-line .pdf .doc

Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award Nomination
Cover Letter/Form On-line .pdf .doc

When is Commencement?
May 27, 2021

Can I participate in May even though I won't graduate until August?
Yes, in the event a student meets the minimum grade point average of 2.0 and meets all but six credits or less of his/her degree, certificate or diploma program requirements, he/she may participate in the May commencement provided the following conditions are met:

  1. the student has registered for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.
  2. the student has paid the tuition for the required course(s) for the subsequent summer session by May 1.

The President's Office Office may approve registration for the required course(s) for the fall term if the College does not offer the required course(s) in the subsequent summer session.

Where do I order my cap and gown?
You may order your cap and gown free of charge HERE.

Will my name appear in the commencement booklet even if I'm not graduating until August?
Yes, your name will appear in the Commencement program as long as you have completed an application for graduation and indicated your intention to participate in the commencement ceremony, satisfied the 2.0 GPA, and have less than 6 credits to complete. You must also register and pay the tuition for the courses you need to complete over the summer semester.

If I have further questions, whom should I contact?
Counseling Department - If you need to discuss meeting the requirements for graduation or advise on course selection for future semesters should be directed to the Counseling Department. 1-800-377-5222 ext. 7451 or ddennis@luzerne.edu

Academic Affairs - Questions concerning qualifications, academic transcripts, incomplete grades and variances. 1-800-377-5222 ext. 7422 or pgorham@luzerne.edu

President's Office - All other questions concerning graduation should be directed to the President's Office, Bldg #5. (570) 740-0344 or jminor@luzerne.edu