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Commencement FAQ's

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak LCC has determined that the institutions commencement ceremonies will be postponed to a later date. Communication regarding the rescheduling of the ceremony will be forthcoming.

When is Commencement?

TBD – once the institution has determined a date to reschedule it will send out communication to all students. Students are encouraged to stay updated with all updates via their LCC student email.

How long does it last?

The commencement ceremony lasts approximately 1 ½ hours.

How do I participate?

All students must be cleared by the Office of the Registrar prior to participation in commencement. For more information please visit the page Clearance Process & Diplomas Students who graduated in the preceding Fall semester are automatically part of the commencement ceremony and do not require further clearance.

Will I be recognized individually?

All graduates will proceed across the stage to be recognized individually and will be given a diploma cover. Diplomas will not be given out at the ceremony, they will be ready approximately six to eight weeks after graduation and mailed to the address listed on your Application for Degree.

Am I eligible to participate?

Students must submit an Application for Degree to the Office of the Registrar no later than – deadline postponed – date forthcoming due to COVID-19. This will generate the final degree check to determine eligibility to participate. Students may be cleared after this deadline but will not appear in the Commencement program.

Where do I get my cap & gown?

Cap and gown is required in order to participate in the commencement ceremony and must be purchased at the LCC Bookstore. Academic regalia is required for all participants and cannot be modified or altered in any way. For further information on ordering contact the Luna Bookstore at 505.454.2569. Deadline date to order is forthcoming due to COVID-19.

On which side does my tassel go?

Before graduating, the tassel should be on your right. After graduating, it should be moved to the left.

Where do I park?

General parking will be available near Nursing, Student Services, LCC Administration and across from the LCC Humanities building.

You can park in the Media Arts parking lot, shown here: Map to LCC Media Arts parking lot

Where do I go for processional line up?

Line up for main campus commencement attendees will start at 9:00 a.m. on the LCC main campus. Name cards for the ceremony must be picked up at the door when entering the Graduate Student area, starting at 8:30 am, prior to line up. All students must pick up a card before the ceremony begins. Parents and families are not allowed in the line-up area during check-in and line-up.

Will my name appear in the program?

Students’ names will appear in the program as it appears on their Application for Degree, as long as your Application for Degree should be submitted as soon as possible. Deadline date for submission will be announced at a later date due to COVID-19.

Will there be a rehearsal?


How will I know if I am receiving graduation honors?

All students receiving graduation honors will be notified by the Office of the Registrar via their Luna student email.

Will my friends and family need to purchase tickets to attend the commencement exercises?

Tickets are not required for guests to attend the commencement ceremonies.

What if I need special accommodations?

If you require special accommodations during the ceremony please contact the Office of the Registrar at 505-454-2548 or via email.

If your question has not been answered here, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

If I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa where do I obtain my honor stole?

Students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa may purchase their honor stoles directly with the societies faculty advisor.

Eligibility for Phi Theta Kappa is not determined by the Office of the Registrar, questions regarding eligibility should contact the Phi Theta Kappa advisor.

How do I become a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society?

Eligibility for Phi Theta Kappa is not determined by the Office of the Registrar, questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the Phi Theta Kappa advisor.