Redefining the Classroom

Welcome Parents, Visitors and Class of 2016!

Students planning to graduate as of fall 2015, spring 2016 or summer 2016, are eligible to participate in the 2016 Commencement Ceremony. We will be updating this site on a regular basis. Feel free to use the menu located at the left side of this page, to explore other areas related to commencement.

Preparation for Commencement

If you have not submitted your Graduation Application and plan to graduate spring semester, you must do so, as soon as possible. Diplomas will be mailed to the address that you indicate on your Graduation Application. If your diploma will need to be mailed to a different address, please update your address information in Anchor Access and email the Registrar's Office - Graduation at

If you want to verify that your degree audit has been submitted along with your Graduation Application check with your Academic Advisor.

Candidates for Graduation, please check the list to verify that both your name AND your degree(s) are correct.

Issues regarding your grade point or honors status should be directed to the Registrar's Office - Graduation. Please email at

Information on Commencement Apparel

Commencement Practice

Practice will begin at Noon on Friday, April 29th in the Bud Cooper Gym. Please review the Commencement Practice Notes and Commencement 2016 Seating Chart.

Note: the honor (e.g. cum laude) designation is determined by your GPA at the end of the Fall 2015 semester.

View Instructions regarding procedure, line-up, processional, recessional, and cap, gown and hood etiquette.

Commencement Ceremony

This year's ceremony will take place on April 30th at 11 a.m. in the Taffy Abel Arena in the Norris Center. Graduates are asked to arrive in the Cooper Gym between 10:00 a.m. - 10: 30 a.m. The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours. Please note that seats cannot be reserved.

The ceremony will be streamed LIVE. To watch, visit, on the day of Commencement. The edited video will be available on the LSSU YouTube channel, within a few days of Commencement.

GradImages Photographers will take pictures of each graduate as he/she approaches, crosses and exits the platform. Photos will available through their website. Your LSSU e-mail address will be used by GradImages Photographers to contact you. Be sure to update your mailing and telephone/cell phone information in Anchor Access.

Boquets of Roses and other small gifts will be available for purchase in the Norris Center Lobby.

Shuttles will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. to shuttle people from the main campus to the Norris Center and after Commencement ends to bring them back to various parking lots as needed.

The Taffy Abel Arena is beautifully decorated with live flowers so please plan for allergies as necessary.

Alumni Association Graduation Information