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2024 Commencement

In Absentia Graduates

If you are not planning to attend the Commencement Ceremony, you must notify Lori Walsh (walshl@baidukezhan.com). Please contact Lori Walsh at (570) 961-7855 for more information.

Commencement Attire

Each graduation candidate will receive a commencement packet that includes their commencement attire. Attire, including a robe with cap and tassel, is required without exception.

Please remember that commencement is a formal academic event, and attire under your robe should be appropriate. Please wear shoes that will enable you to navigate steps and the stage safely and comfortably. You may wish to use hair pins to secure your cap. Plan to leave any personal items with your guests, as there is no secure storage area.

Commencement Ticket Information

No tickets are required for admission to the Commencement ceremony. Graduates are welcome to invite as many family members and friends who would like to attend!

As you graduate, give yourself a big pat on the back. You’ve made it! And as you step out, remember that the secret to handling college loans is the same as it is for getting through finals: prepare, and do your homework well in advance!

Pre-Commencement Events

Graduation Fair / Commencement Packet Pick-up

Thursday, May 2  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Graduation Fair will be held until 1 p.m., in the Student Union. The Fair provides an opportunity for graduation candidates to ensure all of their graduation requirements are met and to pick up their commencement packets. Participants who have their Graduation Fair Passport stamped at each table will have an opportunity to win a VISA gift card.

If you are unable to attend the graduation fair, please see the table below for information on when and where you can obtain your commencement packets:

CandidatePick-Up LocationDates and TimesPhone Number
ScrantonStudent Union

May 2 – 11am-1pm: Graduation Fair
May 3 – 12pm-2pm
May 6 – 12pm-2pm
May 9 – 12pm-2pm
May 10 – 11am-1pm: Graduation Practice

(570)961-7816
Hazleton CenterHazleton Center Front DeskMay 6-10 – 9am-6pm(570)459-1573
Lake Region CenterLake Region Center
Main Office
May 7-9 – 8am-7pm
May 10 – 8am-12pm
(570)226- 4625
Tunkhannock Center & School of PNGTunkhannock Center
Main Office
May 6-10(570)866-1900
Sunbury CenterSunbury Center
Main Office
May 6-16 – 8am-6pm
May 17 – 8am-4pm
(570)988-1931
Towanda CenterTowanda Center
Main Office
May 5-10 – 8am-4pm(570)265-3449

Honors Convocation Rehearsal

Friday, April 26 – 1:00 p.m. Peoples Security Bank Theater

A mandatory rehearsal for the Honors Convocation/Phi Theta Kappa/SALUTE Induction ceremony will be held from 1 to 2p.m. in the Theater. Graduates will meet in the Theater at Lackawanna College at 12:45 p.m. A photo of all Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) inductees will be taken immediately following the rehearsal. All inductees should dress appropriately.

Honors Convocation Ceremony

Tuesday, April 30 – 5:30 p.m. Peoples Security Bank Theater

The Lackawanna College community takes pride in the outstanding achievement students have manifested during their years of study at the College. Honors Convocation brings together a number of students who have earned recognition in various forms for exceptional academic performance or extracurricular activity and is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Theater.

For specific information about Phi Theta Kappa, please contact Nicole Bradigan, PTK advisor, bradigann@baidukezhan.com. For specific information about SALUTE, please contact Melissa Kirschman kirschmanm@baidukezhan.com. If you would like more information about Honors Convocation, please contact Danielle Urso at (570) 961-7849 or ursod@baidukezhan.com

Graduation Rehearsal

Friday, May 10 – 1:00 p.m.

A mandatory graduation rehearsal is held before the Commencement Ceremony.  Eligible graduates should meet at the Student Union (500 Jefferson Ave) at 1:00pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Walsh at (570) 961-7855 or walshl@baidukezhan.com

Commencement Day - Saturday, May 11

Commencement Ceremony

Lackawanna College Student Union – 1:00 p.m.

Graduates will begin lining up for the Academic Procession at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Union, and the Academic Procession will begin promptly at 12:50 p.m.

REMINDER: If you are not planning to attend the Commencement Ceremony, you must email stating this intention to Lori Walsh – walshl@baidukezhan.com

Alumni Reception

Lackawanna College Student Union Lounge

Immediately after the Graduation Ceremony, a reception for Graduates families and friends will be held in the Student Union Lounge given by the Alumni Association.

Graduate Checklist

Did you submit an application for graduation to the Registrar’s Office?

Did you notify Lori Walsh (walshl@baidukezhan.com) by email if you do not plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony?

Did you clear your account balances with Student Financial Services?

Did you complete your financial aid exit interview?

Did you attend the Graduation Fair or the main office of your Center (Hazleton, Lake Region, The School of PNG, Sunbury, or Towanda graduates)?

Frequently Asked Questions

Arrival Time and Parking

The gymnasium doors will open at 11:30 a.m. There are a limited number of parking spaces designated for guests with disabilities directly behind the Student Union. Contact Linda Durso – dursol@baidukezhan.com or (570)961-7846 as soon as possible to reserve these parking spaces as they are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seating of Guests and Special Accommodations

The gymnasium provides ample seating for family members and guests. Seating for guests with disabilities is available by request through Linda Durso at (570)961-7846 or dursol@baidukezhan.com. No more than one person may sit with guests with disabilities and, in order to facilitate efficient seating, guests are requested not to save seats for later arriving family or friends.

Individuals with disabilities and/or mobility issues can enter the Student Union via the 500 block of Moir Court and may be dropped off and/or picked up at this designated entrance. However, vehicles will not be allowed to park in Moir Court without prior written approval from Linda Durso who can be reached at (570)961-7846 or dursol@baidukezhan.com.

Distribution of Diplomas

Diplomas will be available for pick up Wednesday, May 22 through May 31, 2024. Otherwise, diplomas will be mailed provided the Registrar’s Office has determined that you have satisfactorily completed all degree requirements and you have received clearance from Student Financial Services. Please make sure we have your current address so you receive your diploma promptly.

Photographs during Commencement

Family members and friends are welcome to take photographs before, during, or after the Commencement Ceremony from their seats. The College photographer takes individual photos of each graduate receiving their diploma and information on obtaining those photographs will be made available by the Office of Advancement.

Hotel Room Reservations

The following hotels are within walking distance or in close proximity to the College. Reservations should be made as early as possible, as rooms sell out rather quickly.

Hilton Scranton & Conference Center (Within walking distance to the College)
100 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA  18503
(570) 307-1200
hilton.com

Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel (Within walking distance to the College)
700 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA  18503
(570) 342-8300
radisson.com

Four Points by Sheraton Scranton (Located at Exit 184 off I-81; minutes from the College)
300 Meadow Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505
(570) 344-9811
fourpointsscranton.com

Sleep Inn & Suites Dunmore (Located at Exit 188 off I-81; minutes from the College)
102 Monahan Street
Dunmore, PA 18512
(570) 961-1116
choicehotels.com
Rate includes a complimentary hot breakfast served from 6 – 9 a.m.

Microtel (Located at Exit 190 off I-81; four miles from the College)
232 Main Street
Dickson City, PA 18519
(570) 307-1200
wyndhamhotels.com