Kristin Hohman


On May 14, Lorain County Community College will award degrees to 1,435 graduating students and 300 University Partnership graduating students during its 52nd commencement ceremony. Students are eligible to participate if they have completed a degree from the UP, an associate’s degree, a certificate of proficiency, or a short-term technical certificate during the summer or fall semesters of 2015, and spring or summer semesters of 2016.

Three students will receive five degrees, seven students will be receiving four degrees, 18 students will receive three degrees, and 195 students will be awarded two degrees. That’s a total of 1,699  degrees being distributed during this year’s proceedings. Two-year associate’s degrees in arts, applied business and applied science, individualized studies, and technical studies, and one-year technical certificates will be awarded to LCCC’s class of 2016.

The University Partnership will also be awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the 12 participating UP universities. John Carroll University will graduate the first class from its clinical mental health counseling master’s of arts program, a total of six students. Ashland University will graduate 65, while Bowling Green State University will graduate 27 students. Other UP graduates include; 47 from Cleveland State University, 24 from Hiram College, 30 from Kent State University, 60 from the University of Akron, 28 from Youngstown State University. Additionally, students from the University of Toledo and Ohio University will graduate from the UP as well.

Student Life will be hosting a picnic in the courtyard following the celebrations, including a cake and punch reception in the College Center commons. A photo station will be available at this time, and students will be able to pre-order the DVD of the ceremony. DVDs will be available in the bookstore for pickup after June 1, or can be ordered online at A professional photographer will also be capturing photos of each student as they receive their diploma. Students will be contacted at a later date with directions on purchasing these photos.

The theme of this year’s ceremony is ‘Leadership’, and it will be LCCC President Dr. Roy Church’s last before retiring this June. Graduation will take place in the Ewing Activities Center on LCCC’s campus at 9:30 a.m. Graduates need to be in the gym by 8:30 a.m.

If students have any questions regarding eligibility, contact Melynda Coleman of enrollment services at 440-366-4174. UP students with any questions should call 800-995-5222 ext. 4949.