Graduation and Commencement FAQ

Lake Michigan College Graduation/Commencement FAQ

When is Commencement Rehearsal?

Friday, May 3, 2019, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Mendel Center Mainstage.

Do I have to go to Rehearsal?

Please make it a priority to attend rehearsal!! Graduates will rehearse lining up and walking across stage, review graduation details, and receive important reminders for the day of Commencement. You will be much more relaxed on Commencement day if you attend rehearsal!!

How many tickets can I get for Commencement?

The number of tickets each graduate receives is based on the number of graduates participating in the ceremony and varies from year to year. Every graduate will receive the same number of tickets and announcements in their packet.

Can I get more tickets for Commencement?

Any tickets that have not been picked up by the deadline, Thursday, April 18, will be redistributed on a first-come, first-served basis through the Mendel Center Mainstage Box Office on Wednesday, April 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. Please bring a photo ID (driver’s license/student ID).

What if I can’t make ticket redistribution?

An individual can represent you at ticket redistribution if you cannot attend the date and time it is offered. The individual can only represent one graduate and must have some form of identification of the graduating student as proof they are picking up ticket(s) for that student.

What if someone doesn’t have a ticket?

Extra seating will be available in overflow rooms, where guests can watch the commencement ceremony by video feed; a ticket will not be required for entry into overflow rooms.

When is Commencement?

Commencement is Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Mendel Center Mainstage.

When do I need to be there for Commencement?

Please arrive no later than 1 p.m. in room F-104 of the Mendel Center.

Where do I get my honor cords?

If you are graduating with honors, you will be invited to attend Honors Convocation on Monday, April 15, 2019. At Honors Convocation, students graduating with honors receive their honor cords from the President and Board of Trustees. If you cannot attend Honors Convocation your cord will be available for pick up in room A200a on the Benton Harbor Campus in the Hawk’s Nest. Cords will also be available for pick up at Commencement Rehearsal as well as in the student gowning room on Commencement day.

I’m a PTK member how do I get the PTK stole?

If you are a PTK member and would like PTK regalia items, such as the stole, please visit Once on the website click on “shop” and then click on graduation. The stole costs $26.00 and is typically in stock.

Do I need to bring anything?

Please bring your cap and gown and make sure your gown is pre-steamed before arriving for the ceremony. STEAM ONLY. DO NOT PUT IN DRYER OR IRON.

***Please do not bring any personal belongings (i.e., purse, coat, etc.) as there will be nowhere to leave things during the ceremony and cannot be carried into the ceremony with you.***

Is there information on the LMC website about Graduation and Commencement?

Yes, for additional information, please visit

Is there someone I can contact if I have additional questions?

Pam McVay at (269) 927-8150 or [email protected], Sabrina Hinrichs at (269) 927-4560 or [email protected], Carrie Beukelman at (269) 927-8178 or [email protected]