Lancaster May Graduation

Graduation and Commencement Details

These graduation activities and commencement ceremony serve students who have completed academic requirements by the Dec or May graduation cycles. Here, you’ll find all the information you’ll need to prepare for your graduation day. Share this link with your family and loved ones who may have questions about where to go and what time the festivities begin.

If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.


Friday, May 13, 2022

Commencement Service held:
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Good Shepherd Chapel, Lancaster, PA 17601
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Commencement Speaker: Dr. Collin Outerbridge, Lead Pastor, Nona Church (Orlando, FL)

Each student can have 4 guests who will join them in the Good Shepherd Chapel for the ceremony. Watch your email for more details.


Did You Apply for Graduation?

If you are planning on graduating in May, you must submit the Graduation Application by the deadline.
January 15

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Have You Ordered Your Graduation Regalia?

Any one planning on participating in the May Commencement Ceremony must order your regalia by the deadline.
March 25

Apply Now!

Questions? Email graduationreg@lbc.edu

Quick Links

These are the media services available for streaming on graduation day and the video/photos will be uploaded a few working days after the event.

Ceremony Live-stream Link
Commencement Video Uploaded
Graduation Photos to Download

Graduation Events

Graduates, please take note of these details for the events of graduation.

Thursday May 12, 2022
  • 7 p.m.– Awards Ceremony and Dessert Reception, Good Shepherd Chapel
    Reservations required. Each graduate may bring up to 4 guests. Deadline to register is April 29, 2022.
    Register for the awards ceremony

Friday May 13, 2022
  • 9:30-11 a.m. – Celebration Brunch with the President, Tent

  • 11:30 a.m. – MANDATORY Rehearsal for all graduates, Good Shepherd Chapel
    Guests are encouraged to tour the campus or relax in designated areas.

  • 12:15 p.m. – Guest seating opens in the Good Shepherd Chapel
    • Tickets are complimentary but required. Each graduate can reserve up to 4 guest tickets.
    • To reserve your graduation tickets for your guests, please call the Events Office at 717.560.8219.
    • The Events Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Tickets will be emailed to you and guests should come prepared with their ticket pre-printed or on their
    • mobile device, tickets will be scanned at the door.

  • 1 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony, Good Shepherd Chapel

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive my tickets for commencement?

TBA

How many tickets may I request?

Each student can have 4 guests who will join them in the Good Shepherd Chapel for the ceremony.

When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Your regalia may be picked up at the Solution Center in the Esbenshade Lobby in Lancaster, PA beginning the week before the ceremony. If you are not able to pick it up early, we will have it available for you at the rehearsal. There will be steamers available that day, but the lines to use them are long. Ideally, you can pick up your robe by the night before or sooner.

Questions? Email graduationreg@lbc.edu

What time is rehearsal?

TBA

Am I required to attend rehearsal?

Yes. The rehearsal is also a time for announcements and other activities that will make your celebration go smoothly.

What should I wear to the ceremony?

Women should wear a dress, skirt/blouse or nice slacks. Men should wear a dress shirt and tie. It is a formal occasion, so no sandals, sneakers or flip-flops.

Will I keep my cap and gown? What do I need to return?

Only the rented robe needs to be returned after the ceremony. All other items given out during the day are yours to keep. When you pick up your packet of regalia, it should include your robe, your cap, a tassel with the graduation year, and where appropriate, the hood that marks your study area and degree level. Hoods are given for bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees.

What is the GPA requirement for honors? When do I receive the honors?

Honors stoles will be given out at rehearsal, as applicable. The GPA range is: 3.50-3.74 for Cum Laude (red stole), 3.75-3.89 for Magna Cum Laude (white stole) or 3.90-4.00 for Summa Cum Laude (gold stole).

When will I get my diploma?

If you have no holds on your account, diplomas will be sent to you electronically on the day of graduation and then a hard copy will be mailed to you within a couple of weeks of the ceremony.

Holds prevent me from receiving my actual diploma - How do I take care of a hold?

If you owe a fine at the library, for parking, if you have an academic requirement still to meet, or if you have a financial obligation related to tuition or fees, a hold is placed on your account. Holds prevent your diploma and transcripts from being released. To find out about any holds or to otherwise address them, please contact the Solution Center at 717.560.8254 or by email. The Solution Center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.

Which ceremony should I attend? Where? When?

The graduation cycles for all locations occur every December, Spring/May, and August.

WHERE – You would attend the ceremony that takes place at the hub for your studies. For example, if you were an Online Accelerated student, your “hub” is Lancaster, PA. If you are a graduate level student who lives in Philadelphia, you would actually attend the Lancaster, PA ceremony because the ceremony in Philadelphia is for undergraduate degrees. If you took all of your studies through the Washington, D.C. location, you would attend the Washington, D.C. ceremony. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

WHEN – Typically, you would attend the ceremony that coincides with or follows your actual academic completion date, i.e. after your last academic requirements are met. In some cases, if completion is imminent, students may walk in the preceding ceremony and receive their diploma by mail once all is complete. Here is an outline:

  • Lancaster – May graduates walk in May. August and December grads walk in December.
  • Washington, D.C. – May graduates walk in May. August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony. December graduates would walk in following May ceremony.
  • Philadelphia – June graduates walk in June. August graduates may walk in preceding or following May ceremony. December graduates would walk in following June ceremony.

If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

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