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Lackawanna College is closely tracking coronavirus (COVID-19) and working to mitigate potential risks. The safety of students, faculty, staff and friends of the college is a top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, Commencement events will be rescheduled. Please check back for updates.

Graduation Fair 2020


Reception Hall, third floor, Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton

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.

For questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at (570) 961-7816.

Commencement Week 2020


10:30 a.m.
Graduation rehearsal
Lackawanna College Student Union, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton

Noon (approximate)
Cap and gown pick-up – Immediately following graduation rehearsal
Lackawanna College Student Union, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton

Friday, October 2

12:30 p.m.
Academic Procession Line-up
Student Union, first floor, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton

7 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony
Student Union gymnasium, second floor, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton
The commencement ceremony will be streamed live on the College’s official YouTube channel. Click here to continue.

Graduate and alumni reception
Student Union, first floor, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton

Frequently Asked Questions

When is graduation?

Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m.

Graduates should arrive by 12:30 p.m.

Where is graduation?

The Lackawanna College Student Union, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton.

When is graduation practice?

Friday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. in the Lackawanna College Student Union, 500 Jefferson Ave., Scranton.

Can I decorate my cap?

We encourage our students’ creativity during commencement. Celebrate your degree, your family, your classmates, or whatever you want.

Please remember that commencement is a formal academic ceremony, so make something you’ll be proud to be photographed with!

PRO TIP: The official term for your graduation cap is “mortarboard.” One last vocabulary word to learn before you earn your degree!

Where are my graduation photos?

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 ceremony.

Where can I get my cap and gown?

If you missed the Graduation Fair and any pickup dates on campus or at your center, you may pick up your cap and gown following graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 15, 2020.

I still need more information...

We thought so. That’s why we made a handy booklet for you.

Download the 2020 graduation booklet here (PDF)

Qualifications for Graduation

  • Students 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.
  • Students who meet graduation requirements but do not apply for graduation will not be listed in the graduation roster nor will completion of their 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.

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