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    2016 Commencement

    Lackawanna College will conduct its 121st commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Student Union, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, Pa.

    Download the 2016 graduation booklet here (PDF)

    Graduation Fair

    The Registrar’s Office will conduct at graduation fair on Thursday, May 5, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on the second floor of Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton, Pa. All graduates are strongly encouraged to attend as this is an opportunity to make sure all of your requirements for graduation have been met and to pick up your caps and gowns.

    Students who attend should pick up their graduation “passport” and visit each table for a chance to win a Visa gift card.

    Any questions may be directed to the Registrar’s Office at (570) 961-7816.

    Graduation breakfast

    As part of our annual commencement festivities, a breakfast for graduates and their families is held on the morning of graduation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Members of the Class of 2016 are invited to join the breakfast in the reception hall on the third floor of Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, Pa.

    Family members and their friends may purchase tickets, in advance, at a cost of $10 per person. Graduates may attend for free, but they must make reservations and have a ticket.

    Download the 2016 graduation breakfast reservation form (PDF)

    Tickets may be purchase in person, or via mail, through the Student Affairs Office, Suite 105, Angeli Hall.

    The last date to purchase tickets for the always-popular event is Friday, May 13. No tickets will be sold at the door.

    For more information, contact Lynn Mikelatis at mikelatisl@lackawanna.edu or (570) 961-7836.


    Lackawanna College provides official photos from graduation to our new alumni at no cost through its official Flickr channel. Graduates and their families will gain access to the online album and all high-resolution photos within two weeks of the May 21 ceremony.

    A special photo area for families will also be set up on the graduation floor during the event.

    Qualifications for Graduation

    • Student must have completed all the stated requirements of their chosen curriculum, current curriculum requirements withstanding.
    • A Cumulative Quality Point Index of 2.0 or greater must be achieved.
    • All financial obligations to the College must be settled.
    • Students must complete portfolio and graduation application processing.


    • Commencement exercises take place each year in May at the conclusion of the Spring Semester.
    • Graduation requirements can be and often are fulfilled at the end of a Fall or Summer session. Students who complete degree or certificate requirements at the end of a Fall or Summer Semester are entitled to participate in graduation exercises the following May, all procedures for applying withstanding.
    • Students can apply for graduation in their Capstone class during their last semester.
    • Applications not submitted in Capstone can be subject to a $150 late fee
    • Students who meet graduation requirements but do not apply for graduation will not be listed in the graduation roster nor will completion of degree be indicated on the student transcript. No diploma will be issued for students who do not apply for graduation. The application and portfolio processes are required for graduation.

    Second Degree

    • Students completing one associate degree who decide to apply for a second associate degree must complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours at the College.
    • If the student applies for graduation under both majors during the same academic year, the student will receive one diploma with both degrees listed.
    • Students completing an associate degree who decide to apply for an additional certificate must complete a minimum of 8 additional credit hours at the College.
    • A fee of $20 will be assessed for the second diploma, as an associate degree and a certificate cannot be listed on the same document.

    Graduation Honors

    The graduation program and the degree or certificate issued to the student will indicate scholastic honors as follows:

    • Summa cum laude (with highest honors) 3.90 – 4.00 CQPI
    • Magna cum laude (with high honors) 3.80 – 3.89 CQPI
    • Cum laude (with honors) 3.70-3.79 CQPI