Welcome Parents, Visitors and Classes of 2020 & 2021!

Students at Commencement

The upcoming Commencement in May will be virtual. Given the various restrictions in place regarding the number of people that can gather inside and the health concerns related to COVID-19, we have decided that Commencement should be virtual.

The Graduating Class of 2020’s (Graduates of Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020) Virtual Commencement is on May 1, 2021 at 10:00 am.

The Graduating Class of 2021’s (Graduates of Fall 2020, Winter 2020/2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021) Virtual Commencement is on May 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm.

We are working on the commencement at this time. It will be a polished, sophisticated commencement that honors our traditions and celebrates your accomplishments.

Submit by Friday, March 12, 2021.

2020 Graduate Photo Submission

2021 Graduate Photo Submission

  • Graduation Name Announcement – If you would like your name pronounced a certain way, you can submit a phonetic spelling and/or a voice recording of your name.

Submit by Friday, March 12, 2021.

2020 Graduate Name Announcement

2021 Graduate Name Announcement

  • Post-Commencement Video – You are invited to submit a short video (maximum 5 seconds of content, 11 seconds total with transition times) with your well wishes or thank you to your family, fellow graduates, faculty, and staff.

Submit by Friday, March 12, 2021.

2020 Post-Commencement Video

2021 Post-Commencement Video

Helpful tips on recording your video:

Please leave 3 seconds before you start and end the recording of the video to leave time for transitioning.

(maximum 5 seconds of content, 11 seconds total with transition times)

  • Choose a location with bright, even lighting that does not cast harsh shadows.
    • If you are shooting outdoors, position yourself with the sun high in the sky and behind the camera, or shoot in the shade.
    • If you are shooting indoors, turn the ceiling lights on.
    • Avoid filming directly in front of windows or other strong light sources.
  • Keep your subject’s entire head and shoulders in the frame
  • Leave enough space below the neck to place a name caption.
  • Record with your device turned horizontal to resemble a television screen.

Sound Quality

Audio quality is often more important than image quality. For best results:

  • Position the camera within three to four feet of the subject. If you are farther away, the device’s built-in microphone will pick up room sounds such as heating and air conditioning, and if the subject’s voice is too soft, he/she will have to shout.
  • Be aware of the sounds around you when recording outdoors.

Lake Superior State University reserves the right to not include a video due to inappropriate content or poor quality.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Affairs at