Welcome Parents, Visitors and Class of 2018!

Students at Commencement

Students planning to graduate as of fall 2017, spring 2018 or summer 2018, are eligible to participate in the 2018 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 after the spring or summer 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 graduation@lssu.edu.

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

Issues regarding your grade point or honors status should be directed to the Registrar’s Office – Graduation. Please email graduation@lssu.edu.

Diplomas: Fall graduates have already received their diplomas. For Potential Spring and Summer graduates, diplomas are ordered approximately 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester.

Commencement Practice

Practice will begin at Noon on Friday, May 4th in the Bud Cooper Gym. Please review the Commencement Practice Notes.

Note: the honor (e.g. cum laude) designation is determined by your GPA at the end of the Fall 2017 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 May 5th 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 www.lssu.edu, 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.


To minimize congestion in the Norris Center parking lot, please park on the main campus. Shuttles will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. to shuttle people from the main campus (Lots C/D/H/K/L) 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.