Lake-Sumter Community College

Graduation Information


photo of graduation area 

Welcome to Lake-Sumter State College Graduation page. Here you will be able to find information on graduating from LSSC and the graduation ceremony. For more information on graduating please see below and review information regarding the LSSC Graduation Ceremony.​

Please note: the date, times, and format have changed for the 2016 - 17 graduation ceremonies. This year LSSC will be hosting three ceremonies, one ceremony in the fall and two in the spring. Please see below for more information.


Preparing to Graduate

Congratulations on your achievement. In this section, you will find information that will help make the graduation process go smoothly for you.

Important Information 
  • There is no fee to apply for graduation.
  • All official graduation correspondence will be sent your Lakehawk email.
  • Diplomas and certificates will be mailed out 4-6 weeks after the conferral date.
  • If you require official college transcripts, order them through your LOIS account.
  • Grade Forgiveness - If you wish to improve your GPA or satisfy transfer requirements, retake any courses with a "D" or "F" prior to graduating. Once you have been awarded an A.A., A.S., A.A.S., and/or Technical Certificate, grade forgiveness cannot be awarded.
  • The College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST/CLAS) is no longer required for graduation (effective July 1, 2011).
  • Participation in the Commencement ceremony: Students who are within 6 credits of fulfilling their graduation requirements may walk in the ceremony providing they submit a graduation application by the graduation application deadline.
  • Degrees are conferred at the end of each semester (fall, spring, summer).
  • LSSC holds formal commencement ceremonies at the end of Fall and Spring semester. Participation in commencement exercises does not guarantee the awarding or issuance of a degree. Degree conferral relies solely on the satisfactory completion of all requirements.
  • You can check the status of your graduation application through your LOIS account.
    • Log in
    • Student Tab
    • Student Records
    • Academic Transcripts
    • Click Submit

Steps to Graduation

 Please follow the steps as listed below: 

  • ​Complete the course requirements for the desired degree or certificate for the catalog year under which you plan to graduate.
  • Beginning 2013-2014, students who maintain continuous enrollment must complete their degree within five (5) years. Continuously enrolled students who do not complete their degree within five (5) years, will be required to fulfill the requirements​ of the most current catalog. Continuous enrollment is defined as one full semester of enrollment per year (fall or spring).
  • Earn a cumulative 2.0 college grade point average and a 2.0 LSSC grade point average.
  • Complete a minimum of 25% of degree course requirements at LSSC.
  • Take care of any holds; this may include library, lending library, missing documents or financial/Business Office holds. 
  • If you completed any coursework outside of LSSC, submit all transfer and transient work through an official college or university transcript.
  • If you applied to be a Transient Student at another postsecondary institution while an LSSC student and did not attend, you must obtain a "non attendance verification" letter from the host institution.
  • Complete a graduation application (linked below) for each degree or technical certificate you wish to be awarded. Submit your form to the Admissions and Records office on the Leesburg, South Lake or Sumter campus by the posted deadline.
  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure they have fulfilled all graduation requirements.
  • Application deadlines can be found on the Academic Calendar

Online Graduation Application

Our new online graduation application is now available! All students planning on meeting degree requirements must complete the online graduation application whether they plan to attend the Fall ceremony or not. The deadline to submit this application is May 23, 2017.

Please follow these instructions to submit the online graduation application and to determine your completion status:

  • Click on the following link to go on to your LOIS account. LOIS Account
  • Enter your student XID and your PIN and click on the Login button. Select the student tab and click on the Graduation Application. You will be prompted to enter your XID and PIN again.
  • You will only be able to submit one graduation application. If you need to make changes or run into difficulties after you submit the application, please email Ms. Sue Hackney at
  • Once you have completed the application, you will receive a confirmation email message to your Lakehawk account indicating that you have successfully submitted the application.
  • In approximately 15 days, log on to your Degree Works Audit via your LOIS account where you will find a statement under the "notes" section. The "notes" section is located at the end of your Degree Works Audit. The statement will indicate if you are on target to complete your graduation requirements, or if there are any unmet course requirements. 
  • While completing the online graduation application you will be able to select if you wish to attend the Commencement Ceremony scheduled on December 12, 2017.


Graduation With Honors  

Students who have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours at LSSC are eligible for graduation honors.

The appropriate honors are recorded on the student's diploma. The honors, based on scholastic achievement, are as follows:

GPA Honor
3.40-3.59 Cum Laude (with honor)
3.60-3.79 Magna Cum Laude (with high honor)
3.80-4.00 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor)

LSSC will confer honors recognition for graduates based on scholastic achievement at both Graduation Ceremonies. Honors will still be noted on the student's diploma or certificate regardless of the term a degree or certificate was conferred.

Honor cords and tassels will be distributed during graduation ceremony check-in at the designated Honors table.

Honor cords and tassels will only be given to those students that have completed all graduation requirements and have met the previously mentioned scholastic achievement for the Fall semester. 

Students who have outstanding transfer work, incomplete graduation requirements or are planning to complete their requirements in an upcoming semester will not be eligible for honors recognition at the commencement ceremony.  



Graduation Ceremonies

2017 Spring Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations on your graduation from LSSC! The Commencement Ceremony marks an important milestone in your life. The College faculty and staff are very proud of your achievement and share in your excitement! 

2017 Spring Information

Date: Friday, May 5th

Time: 10am & 2pm

10am for Leesburg Campus, Villages Charter High School, and Relay Technology Students

2pm for South lake Campus, Sumter Center, Nursing, and BAS-OM Students

Lake-Sumter State College - Leesburg Campus - Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center


Helpful Information for Graduates

Accommodations for persons with disabilities

For graduates who are registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and need accommodations, please contact Raelynn Poole at (352)-365-3589 or  

Cap and Gown   

All graduates must wear a black cap and gown over their street clothing in order to participate in the ceremonies. Caps and gowns will be available in both bookstores. Cap, gown and tassel cost approximately $40. You may purchase each item separately. Diploma covers will also be available. If you would like to order personalized announcements, thank you notes and/or other graduation products, visit 

Professional Photographer  

A professional photographer will be present to photograph each graduate as they walk across the stage. Graduates will be sent a free color proof and order forms in the mail within three weeks after the ceremony. Family and friends are asked to take pictures with their graduate before and after the ceremony. 

Commencement Ceremony Live-stream and DVD  

The Commencement Ceremony will be videotaped and broadcasted live from the LSSC Home Page. More information to follow.  

Graduates with Phi Theta Kappa membership recognition

All students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) should contact Ms. Jacklyn Pierce for details on purchasing the PTK honors regalia. 352.323.3631 

Guest Tickets 

Graduates will be allotted five guest tickets. Ticket pick-up information will be sent to your LakeHawk Mail.​​​

Contact Us

For all other graduation questions, please contact the LSSC Admissions & Records Office, by email (, or by phone (352.323.3677), at least 72 hours prior to the commencement ceremonies.