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Graduation and Commencement

Lake Michigan College holds commencement ceremonies once a year in the Mendel Center Mainstage on the first Sunday of May. At the commencement ceremony, Lake Michigan College invites family members, faculty, and staff to honor the outstanding efforts demonstrated by graduates in earning their degree or certificate. Tickets are required for entry for family and friends to the Mainstage. See below for more details about applying for graduation, eligibility for commencement, preparing for the ceremony, and what you need to know to walk or attend. 

Deadline for 2022 graduation applications is Feb. 28

Once you complete the general education and degree requirements for graduation, you will be eligible to apply for the appropriate degree from Lake Michigan College. Submit your grad survey and access the graduation application through your Student Profile. If you complete requirements for a certificate program, you will be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Achievement or Advanced Certificate. Submit your grad survey and access the graduation application through your Student Profile.

You may graduate at the end of the fall or spring semesters, or summer term, with commencement exercises held annually at the close of the spring semester in early May. Participation in commencement does not mean that you have completed all of the requirements for your degree or certificate.

Degrees are not awarded automatically upon completion of program requirements; you must apply for graduation. Visit here for information concerning graduation eligibility, and policies & procedures.

2022 Dates

Grad fairs for 2022 will be scheduled at a later date.

Once you purchase your regalia in the bookstore, you will be able to check out with the college's graduation booth at the Grad Fair.

If you did not indicate on your graduation application that you plan to participate in Commencement, but now you would like to participate, please attend a grad fair - there is still room for you! Anyone unable to attend a grad fair may visit the Benton Harbor Campus bookstore during regular business hours to get sized for and purchase a gown. Check back for the deadline to purchase your gown and pick up your Mainstage Admission Tickets (Graduation Tickets) and invitations. 



Required regalia will be available for purchase in the bookstore starting at Grad Fair and continuing up to commencement.


Oak Hall Cap, Gown and Tassel set-$53 (plus shipping)

PTK attire is optional for Commencement. If you are a PTK member and would like to wear PTK attire, you can order items for Commencement here. You are more than welcome to purchase any PTK attire below; however, in general, most graduates only purchase the stole. 
Phi Theta Kappa Stole, $26
PTK Tassel, $10
PTK Cords, $15

Rehearsal for the commencement ceremony will be held the Friday before the ceremony at the Mendel Center Mainstage. Graduates will rehearse lining up and walking across stage, review their graduation details, and receive important reminders for the day of Commencement. Please make it a priority to attend Rehearsal.

Alumni T-Shirt Ordering Information 

You can order a commemorative t-shirt with the names of all graduates here. The t-shirts will be available to pick up after the commencement ceremony in the Mainstage upper lobby.


Flowers can be ordered for graduates here. Flowers will be available to pick up after the commencement ceremony in the Mainstage upper lobby.

Tickets, Invitations, and Announcements Commencement participants will receive tickets and graduation invitations (number will be determined when number of participants is known). You will also have the option to purchase announcements. Tickets are for the Mainstage, where the ceremony will take place; a ticket will be required for entry and seating in the Mainstage. Be sure to bring your tickets. A graduation invitation or announcement cannot be used for admission to the Mainstage. Extra seating will be available in overflow rooms, where guests can watch the commencement ceremony by video feed; a ticket will not be required for entry into overflow rooms.

Ticket redistribution Any tickets that have not been picked up by the deadline will be redistributed on a first-come, first-served basis through the Mendel Center Mainstage Box Office. Please bring Student ID.

Assembly Location Graduation candidates must arrive in F-104, Grand Upton Hall, before 1:00 pm.

Parking and admission Please advise your family and friends to arrive early. Doors open at 1:00 pm. and once the ceremony begins, visitors may not enter the auditorium. Late arrivals may use the overflow rooms.

Parking at the Mendel Center is free. Maps and directions to The Mendel Center can be found here. Tickets are required for admission to The Mainstage; please bring your tickets with you. Family seating/accommodations will be made available for families with young children who prefer a little more privacy or do not wish to sit in the Mainstage and would still like to view the ceremony on a large screen.

Degree/Certificate Presentation The graduate is called to the stage only once, even if several degrees or certificates are conferred. You will receive only a diploma folder on stage at commencement. Your diploma will be mailed to you approximately 30 days after final grades are posted.

Photographs A photographer from Grad Images will be present at the graduation ceremony to take photos when you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. The company will send you information about ordering photos shortly after the ceremony, or you can visit the Grad Images website to search for your pictures. For more information call (800) 261-2576.

Special Accommodations If you require special accommodations such as a stage ramp or a hearing amplification system, please call (269) 927-4560 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Live Stream The ceremony will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Graduate Honors Reception Eligible graduates who have achieved a 3.25 GPA or higher in their studies will be invited to a college-wide Graduate Honors Reception.

Students who qualify receive an invitation from the Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs. Invited grads, families and friends must RSVP. Graduates will receive their honors cords and all graduates receiving honors, high honors and highest honors will be recognized during the ceremony.

Graduation with Honors Designations Students graduating with a cumulative 3.25 – 4.0 GPA will receive one of the following notations on their associate degree transcript and diploma:

Honors 3.25 - 3.74
High Honors 3.75 - 3.99
Highest Honors 4.0

Graduation refers to receiving a degree, diploma or certificate once you have been certified by the College as having met all requirements. After you submit an application for graduation, confirmation is made that all graduation requirements have been met, and that the degree or certificate is noted in the College’s student information system so that it displays on your LMC transcript. Diplomas are printed and mailed after the degree confirmation process is complete, approximately 30 days after the end of the semester.

The Commencement Ceremony is an event. It is an opportunity for students, families, friends and the LMC community to celebrate your academic accomplishments. Participation in the ceremony does not mean that you have graduated. You will not receive your degree or diploma on that day. LMC holds one ceremony each year.

Congratulations, you are now a member of the LMC alumni family! Visit to learn more about the Alumni Association and how you can participate. There is no membership fee. 

Find a great job! Register at College Central, LMC's student and alumni job board, where over 200 employers post jobs seeking talented LMC graduates to hire.

Lake Michigan College would love to hear from you! Submit a photo, video, or story about your LMC journey for a chance to be featured in the Lake Michigan College’s commencement video! Use #LMCjourney on social media or email the Marketing Department.

Faculty and Staff Family Member Grad Form >>

For questions regarding the commencement ceremonies, contact Carrie Beukelman.

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