Frequently Asked Questions

Am I on the list to graduate?

If you have received a Degree Audit Verification from the Registrar’s Office, your name will be on the Candidates for Graduation List. Please also check the Candidates for Graduation information available on the Commencement web page.

Will I be listed in the program?

If you are on the Candidates for Graduation List, you will be in the program. To ensure your name is listed in the program, the Registrar’s Office should have received your Graduation Application prior to the first week in April. Please also watch your email for emails from the Registrar’s Office regarding notifications and deadlines.

How many guests may I bring?

There is no limit on the number of guests you can invite to the commencement exercises. Special seating for handicap and elderly will be available on the main floor behind the graduates.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Graduation attire may be purchased starting mid-March, at Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University (906-635-2227). Bachelor attire is royal blue, and associate attire is gold. Look for more information in February about Grad Fair.

NOTE: If your cumulative GPA is 3.50 or higher and you have earned at least 30 credits from LSSU, you are eligible to purchase a set of Laker Honors or Nursing Honors cords at Barnes & Noble at Lake Superior State University.

When is practice?

We ask that you plan to attend the Commencement practice at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 4th in the Cooper Gym. It lasts about 1 1/2 hours.

When do I need to show up for Commencement?

Please arrive between 10-10:30 a.m. on May 5th in the Cooper Gym. Commencement begins promptly at 11 a.m.

Is a professional photographer available?

An individual picture of you receiving your diploma and a “celebration” photo as you depart the stage will be taken by a professional photographer and may be purchased from them directly, if desired. Personal photography will also be allowed during the ceremony. Those wishing to take photos should wait until you are in line to approach the stage before coming forward to take your picture.

For more information, call the Provost’s Office at (906) 635-2211 or email