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Graduation

Lackawanna College plans to host a combination of in-person and virtual ceremonies for the Classes of 2020-21, including an in-person Honors Convocation and a Virtual Commencement celebration that will be streamed on the College’s official YouTube Channel and the College website.

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. 

Commencement Week 2021

Virtual Graduation Fair

In lieu of the traditional in-person Graduation Fair, we’ve compiled virtual resources for graduating students. The Lackawanna College Virtual Graduation Fair is here to help students complete all necessary preparations for graduation and commencement.

Visit the Virtual Graduation Fair to get all of the details on Commencement Week, the Virtual Commencement Ceremony, Honors Convocation and more! 

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

Cap & Gown Pickup

May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lackawanna College, Angeli Hall, parking lot

Students will enter in their vehicles wearing a facemask. Cars will enter Vine St. and visit the “Cap & Gown” and “Diploma” tent stations. Nicole Bradigan, PTK Advisor, will hand out PTK stoles. Cars will exit on Washington St.

For those unable to pick up their cap and gown, more information will be available at a later date. 

Honors Convocation

Class of 2021 Honors Convocation (in-person and online)
May 2, 1 p.m.
Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton

In-person Honors Convocation will be hosted for students only. Due to capacity restrictions, families and guests will not be allowed. To view the ceremony, Honors Convocation will stream live on Zoom. Students attending the in-person ceremony will be required to wear a facemask throughout the event and follow social distancing guidelines.

The decision to host an in-person Honors Convocation for students has been made due to the rising vaccination rates and recent changes to state guidelines allowing for larger gatherings and travel. With the health and safety of students and campus communities continuing to be the priority, this year’s convocation will follow all state and federal guidelines.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Class of 2020-21 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
May 16, 1 p.m.

Lackawanna College will host a virtual commencement ceremony on May 16 at 1 p.m. to honor 2020-21 graduates. Due to continuing capacity restrictions and to ensure that the ceremony is accessible to all students and their families, the ceremony will be streamed on the Lackawanna College website and on the College’s YouTube channel.

Students are encouraged to upload their own unique video clip for the Lackawanna College graduation ceremony. Upload your clip before April 23 to be included in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony video.

For questions about the Commencement Ceremony, contact Mary Ann Oliveri at (570) 961-7855 or email oliverim@lackawanna.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the virtual graduation?

May 16, 2021, 1 p.m.

Where is graduation?

Lackawanna College will host a virtual commencement ceremony to honor 2020-21 graduates. Due to continuing capacity restrictions and to ensure that the ceremony is accessible to all students and their families, the ceremony will be streamed on the Lackawanna College website.

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 can I get my cap and gown?

Cap and Gown pickup will be on May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lackawanna College Angeli Hall parking lot.

Students will enter in their vehicles wearing a facemask. Cars will enter Vine St. and visit the “Cap & Gown” and “Diploma” tent stations. Nicole Bradigan, PTK Advisor, will hand out PTK stoles. Cars will exit on Washington St.

 

Upload Your Graduation Video

Upload your own unique video clip for the Lackawanna College graduation ceremony to celebrate your achievement! Upload your clip before April 23 to be included in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony video. 

Submit Your Video Here.

Go Live on Zoom!

Students, congratulations on graduating! Follow these instructions to join in the live student celebration on Zoom with your classmates, which will be incorporated as part of your live-streamed virtual graduation program.

Read This Guide

1. For optimal viewing, please watch your graduation program on Lackawanna College’s graduation web page or YouTube channel. For more enjoyable viewing with your friends and family on the big screen, pull up the link on your smart TV using a web browsing or YouTube app.

2. When prompted during the program, join the Zoom meeting using the link sent to you. You’ll hear something like, “And now, it’s time for the Class of 2021 to toss their caps and celebrate together!” This is your cue!

3. Your audio will be toggled off, but make sure your video is on. Have some fun! Toss your cap, cheers, wave – this is your time to celebrate together. We’ll toggle through screens of 25 students a few times, so you may be on screen more than once – keep the party going!

The Zoom link will be provided to you closer to graduation. Keep an eye out! 

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.

Graduation

  • 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 process is 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
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