Frequently Asked Questions

When is Commencement?
Commencement will be on Thursday, June 13, 2024. Graduates will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up.
How do I sign up?

The Graduation Services Office will send invitations to all students that have graduated this year or who have applied to graduate during spring term. The invitation will be sent to the email address that students used when they applied to graduate.

What can I bring with me to the ceremony? 

Graduates will not be able to carry any personal belongings with them (mobile phones are okay). Please leave purses and bags at home or securely stored in your vehicle. The event will follow a “Clear Bag” policy wherein all guests may only bring a clear bag to the ceremony; we ask that all other bags be kept at home or in vehicles. Please remember that LBCC is a drug-free and alcohol-free campus.

I haven't gotten an invitation email yet. What do I do?

Email the Graduation Services team at

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

Regalia is recommended but optional for the 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 Commencement. The deadline to order is April 25. If you order after that date, shipping will cost extra and it will be shipped to your home address.

You can order regalia by going to Jostens. Follow the instructions on the page. When you see the "Graduation Packages" options, be sure to look at the tabs above -- you can order a package or you can order just a cap and gown for a lower cost. If you have questions, call 360-254-7870. Leave a message, and the company will call you back within 24 hours. 

You can also borrow gowns from LBCC by emailing

If you have questions about regalia, contact Beth at

How will I get my cap and gown?

Your regalia order will arrive on campus by the first week of June. If you need your regalia order sooner than that, you will need to request that your order is mailed directly to you.

When should I order my cap and gown (regalia)?
By April 25.
Can I borrow a cap and gown (regalia)?
Yes but there are limited amounts.  For more information  please email
I'm graduating with Honors (over a 3.5 GPA). Can I order special regalia to indicate that I'm an Honors student?
Yes, the special regalia for honors students are honors cords. These blue and gold cords can be ordered with your regalia on the same website.
You can order regalia and honors cords by going to Jostens
Can my family come? How many people can I invite?

Yes! Family and friends are welcome to come to campus to celebrate their graduate.

Will I be able to take pictures?
You are welcome to take photos from the audience. There will be a professional photographer onsite that will take photos of all graduates. Photos can be ordered from them after the ceremony.
I want to attend but I won't finish until Summer or Fall term?
Any student who is within 15 credits of graduating with their degree and will finish in summer or fall term can submit a petition to participate. Email
How long will the ceremony be?
The event will take approximately two hours. There are optional activities afterward that all students are encouraged to attend and enjoy.
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.
What if I have more questions? 
Email with any questions.