Graduation

Frequently Asked Questions

We are in the early stages of planning for 2021. Please watch this space for more details to come!

When is commencement?
Graduates will sign up for a specific time slot on one of two evenings, between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, June 9 – Cohort Night: Open to students in Healthcare Occupations, Trades & Manufacturing, Transportation, and Culinary Arts.
  • Thursday, June 10 – General Grad Night: Open to all graduates.
Graduates of both the classes of 2020 and 2021 are invited to register for their preferred date and time slot to attend the celebration. Families and bubble buddies are invited to accompany graduates, within a one-car limit per graduate (no caravans). The event will be live-streamed for family members watching at home.
What is CARmencement?

This interactive, COVID-safe event will allow LBCC graduates to drive through campus in a vehicle, get cheered on and celebrated by faculty and staff, hear commencement speeches and music, stop at photo stations and more. Graduates will also be given an opportunity to safely exit the car, walk across the stage and receive a diploma.

Please note that only the graduate will be permitted to exit the vehicle to receive their diploma. Anyone else in the car will remain and continue to the pick-up point to retrieve their graduate. We've designed the route so that the driver and other occupants on the car should have a good view of the graduate receiving their diploma. In addition, a recap video will be available online after the event.

Grads are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and join in the festivities!

When will I get instructions about where to go for the CARmencement drive-through ceremony?

On June 1st we will send driving instructions to the graduates who have registered to attend the event. Please watch your email for instructions!

How will I get my cap and gown (regalia)?

Regalia is optional for this year's ceremony. If you choose to order, items will be shipped to LBCC to avoid extra shipping costs for students. A pick-up date will be arranged so you can get your cap and gown prior to CARmencement. 

Details about ordering your cap and gown will be announced soon! 

When should I order my cap and gown (regalia)?
Students will have the opportunity to order commencement regalia this year and details will be announced in the near future. However, regalia is not required in order to participate in CARmencement.

How do I sign up for CARmencement?

Graduation Services is emailing all graduates with information about signing up for the ceremony. They are contacting each student through the email address that the student provided when they signed up to graduate.

If you are graduating and you know right now that you want to go, please tell us:

If you are graduating and you have not yet received an email, contact graduation@linnbenton.edu 

Where is CARmencement?
The CARmencement ceremony will take place on the Albany campus. Students will drive through one of two planned routes.
What if I want to participate, but I don't have a car?
Student Life is working on an option for students without a vehicle. This plan will include the bus system and a unique campus experience. Stay tuned for details!
Can my family come? How many people can I invite?
Graduates will be limited to one car and the number of people who safely fit inside (based on the number of seat belts). ***This event will be live-streamed so that those who do not fit inside the vehicle will have the opportunity to watch from home via the internet. 
Can I come to CARmencement by myself?
Yes! If you are driving through the experience solo, there will be a place for you to pull over your car adn park while you exit to pick up your diploma. 
Will I be able to take pictures?
You are welcome to take photos from the  vehicle if you are not driving! In addition, there will be photo stations along the route with photographers at each station.  Only the graduate will be allowed to exit the vehicle to receive their diploma. Friends and family members will not be allowed to exit in order to take pictures. There will be an opportunity to order photos after the event.
How long will it take to drive the route?
The event is planned to take no more than an hour; however, due to unanticipated traffic it could take longer. 
Do I need to wear a mask when I pick up my diploma?
Each graduate must wear a mask when exiting the vehicle to receive their diploma.  The mask may be briefly removed for the formal graduation photo after the diplomas is received.
Are there rules about the kind of vehicle I am allowed to drive through the route?

While we hope students have fun and show creativity with their vehicles, we do have some rules to keep the event safe for all and to adhere to Oregon driving and vehicle laws.

Each graduate may drive one standard passenger vehicle (car, van, SUV, or pickup truck) through the CARmencement route . Cars will need to zig zag and make 180 degree turns.  Those towing trailers or driving oversized vehicles that cannot safely drive the route will be turned away. RVs or other motorhomes will not be allowed.

Decorations are encouraged, but decorations cannot impede visibility or fall off the vehicle. The number of passengers in the car cannot exceed the number of seat belts available in the car. Aftermarket sound-making devices and home-made lights are not allowed on Oregon roadways, so please leave those off your vehicles for this experience. Motorcycles are permitted, but riders must wear a helmet pursuant to Oregon law.

When will I get my diploma?
Official diplomas will be mailed after the term ends and all grades are official. It typically takes 3-5 weeks for all diplomas to be distributed.