Graduation & Commencement

Iowa Lakes Community College celebrates the academic achievement of students in many ways, including celebrating Academic Honors (link to Academic Honors Section?) and Commencement Ceremonies.  

2021 Spring & Summer Commencement

2021 Spring Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 14, 2021 Ι 3 pm
Estherville Campus

Graduation Update - April 2021

April 15, 2021


Fellow Lakers,


We have great news to share. With the loosened CDC restrictions regarding social distancing, and based on the number of graduates who indicated they would attend, we can now expand our graduate guest limit to two guests per attending graduate for the May 14, 2021, Spring Commencement Ceremony. Those attending the ceremony are required to wear masks and will sit together in a designated area. 


As always, Iowa Lakes Community College takes great pride in celebrating our students' success, determination, and achievements, and we look forward to this year's celebration. 


Please note any friends, family, and others unable to attend the ceremony in person, can view our ceremony in real-time through our webcasting of the event on the Iowa Lakes website. 


We appreciate the patience and understanding of the students, faculty, and staff of Iowa Lakes Community College as we continue to plan this year's ceremony. 


We are Laker Proud. 


Barb Grandstaff,


2021 Summer Commencement Ceremony
Friday, July 30, 2021
Location: TBD

Live broadcast: Click here for audio and streaming video starting approximately 5 minutes before the event begins.  A separate window will open with the schedule.

Live broadcast of graduation is produced by the Iowa Lakes Community College Digital, Social and Broadcast Production students.

Graduation & Commencement

Graduation & Commencement 

Graduating students are invited to take part in our Commencement Ceremonies that are held following the completion of the spring and summer terms.  

Spring Commencement Ceremonies are held on the Estherville Campus.  

Estherville Campus
300 South 18th Street
Estherville, Iowa 51334 

Summer Commencement Ceremonies are held on the Emmetsburg Campus.  

Emmetsburg Campus
3200 College Drive.
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536 

Students meet degree requirements at other times during the year are invited to attend either the spring or summer ceremonies.  

What’s the difference between graduation and commencement?  

Graduation is the process you go through to have your degree posted on your transcript. Commencement is the ceremony where we honor the academic achievements of our students.  


Darci Curry
Records Coordinator
dcurry@iowalakes.educreate new email

Graduation Application Process
  1. Meet with your Academic Advisor 
    Iowa Lakes Students should plan to meet with their academic advisor to discuss the completion of your certification or degree requirements. 
  2. Apply for Graduation  
    Iowa Lakes’ students are encouraged to apply for graduation upon completing registration for your final classes needed to complete your degree or certificate.  
    Apply for Graduation
  3. Confirm Your Graduation Status 
    The Iowa Lakes Records Office will evaluate your academic record for graduation. If you’re a candidate for graduation, you will receive a notification. If you have questions regarding your graduation application status please contact the records office by email  
  4. Cap and Gown Fitting 
    Candidates for graduation will be notified to be fitted for their cap and gown to take part in the Commencement Ceremony.  
  5. Participate in Commencement  
    Students are strongly encouraged to work directly with their Academic Advisor, rather than self-advising, to ensure all degree requirements are met.