Congratulations to the class of 2020!
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the commencement ceremony scheduled for May 9 has been cancelled. All of us at Lakeland share in the disappointment caused by the cancellation, as we know how important this celebration is to our students and their loved ones.
Please remember that the degree is what graduates have been working for and their diploma is the symbol of that achievement. All diplomas and diploma covers will be mailed to Spring 2020 graduates in late May or early June.
Graduates may wish to have their academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel) that are typically worn at commencement ceremonies. If so, academic regalia will also be mailed at no additional charge. To have any or all the regalia mailed, graduates must sign in to the myLakeland portal and go to the ‘Graduation Application' section to request a cap, gown and/or tassel. Honor cords, for those students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher as of the last fully completed and graded semester, will also be shipped with the academic regalia. Those students involved with Phi Theta Kappa or other honor societies may order their honor cords or other regalia from the bookstore and these can also be included in this shipment.
If you have any questions regarding commencement, please contact Richard Novotny, Associate Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students at email@example.com.
On Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m., Lakeland will launch a dedicated social media campaign to recognize graduates. Graduating students are encouraged to submit selfies, photos, short videos and/or messages to be posted on Lakeland Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, which will show submissions through the end of May. Upload your images here (myLakeland login required). Use #LCC2020 on your social media posts as well. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
If you would like to pose in your academic regalia, we will mail it to you at no additional charge. Sign in to the myLakeland portal and go to your ‘Graduation Application' to request your cap, gown and/or tassel. Gowns are sized by height, so please include that information to receive a properly fitted gown. Please also provide the address to which you want any regalia mailed. The deadline to request your cap and gown is Friday, May 22.
A two-page spread listing the names of all graduates will be featured in the News-Herald Sunday, May 10. An online version will also be posted on the Commencement webpage, so you may share the link with family and friends. View the full feature here!
A commemorative program, which is usually distributed at the formal commencement ceremony, will be printed and mailed to graduates, along with your diploma and diploma cover, in early June. An online version will also be posted on the Commencement webpage, so you may share the link with family and friends.
Lakeland is planning to hold a "Social Distance Graduation" on campus this summer to honor graduates, following guidance issued by the State of Ohio and the Lake County General Health District.
Members of the college board of trustees, administration and faculty will be invited to dress in their academic regalia and line Clocktower Drive (with appropriate social distancing) to recognize the Class of 2020 as graduates and their families drive through campus.
Graduates are encouraged to dress in their regalia, decorate their vehicles, and make signs with their names and degrees. This should be done in advance at home, as graduates and their families may not exit their vehicles on campus.
The drive through procession will be videotaped, and a photograph will be taken of each graduate as you drive by and are acknowledged by the college president. These will made available on the Commencement webpage.
2020 graduates will be invited to the May 2021 traditional commencement ceremony to be held Saturday, May 8. More information will be provided closer to that date.
All of us at Lakeland know how important commencement is to our students and their loved ones. We hope these opportunities to connect, engage and celebrate will allow them to experience the excitement and emotion of commencement. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Novotny, associate vice president for student development and dean of students, at firstname.lastname@example.org.