Join us for the 39th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. at the LTCC Community Playfield on Al Tahoe. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. This year’s graduation ceremony theme is “Honoring the Past ~ Ascending Into the Future." This year, the college is marking its 40th year of providing excellence in education to the Tahoe community. As we honor our past and the people who made this college possible, we also look forward to a bright future and a closer bond with our surrounding community.
To tell the story of how Lake Tahoe Community College came to be, the guest speakers at this year's ceremony will be Roberta Mason, a key figure in the college's start-up and a 40-year Board of Trustees member, and Dr. James Duke, LTCC's first superintendent/president who served from 1974 until 1990. Roberta Mason was one of the early founders who worked tirelessly for a decade to bring a college to South Lake Tahoe before LTCC was finally voted into existence in March 1974. She was the first president of the Board of Trustees, and she has continued to serve the college as a trustee ever since. She'll finally enjoy a well-earned retirement later this year. Dr. Duke was also a pivotal figure in the college's history, hired as its very first president when the college was nothing more than a post office box. He got the doors open at the college's first campus in a converted motel on Highway 50, and then led the effort to acquire and build LTCC's current 164-acre campus on Al Tahoe.
Students who wish to walk in the graduation ceremony MUST wear a cap and gown. You can pick up your free cap and gown at the LTCC Bookstore between Mon. June 16th and Fri. June 27th. Remember to bring a valid student ID with you! The week of June 16th, Bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday 10am to 7:30pm, Friday 9am to 2:30pm. The week of June 23, Bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday 10am to 6pm, and Friday 9am to 2:30pm. Call the LTCC Bookstore for more information at (530) 541-4660 ext. 227. Graduation hoods must be returned immediately following the graduation ceremony to designated staff. Students are advised to dress comfortably under their robes; it can get hot out there in June, even in the evenings.
Students must be ready to line up at the rear of the field (closest to the Fitness Education Center) by 5:30 p.m.!
Guests may dress per their personal comfort level (business-casual is common). We suggest comfortable shoes for walking. Since the Community Playfield is outside, we recommend guests bring sunblock, a hat or umbrella, or a jacket for sun protection both before the ceremony when the light is great for picture-taking, and for the outdoors reception after the ceremony.
Commencement Programs will be distributed on Friday June 27 at approximately 5:30 p.m. prior to the event, free of charge. Programs list the names of graduates receiving Associate in Arts Degrees and Certificates of Achievement.
Mobility Impaired Guests: Guests who require a wheelchair or a stroller are strongly advised to park in the Community Playfield parking lot! The field is more easily accessed from that lot. You can access this lot from Al Tahoe.
Guests with mobility impairments can also make an advanced request, and the President’s Office will provide a Mobility Impaired Parking Permit. This permit allows for parking at a specific location in the college's main parking lot, and provides special seating accommodations for the ceremony. The on-campus Mobility Impaired Parking Permits are not the same as a state-issued "handicap" permits. Mobility impaired guests, whether they own a state "handicap" tag/permit or not, should apply for a Mobility Impaired Parking Permit if they would like special parking and seating accommodations. The campus does not have wheelchairs available for use.
General Parking: All central campus roads, including those surrounding the campus, will be open on Friday, June 27. Parking is first come, first served. Signs and staff personnel will direct vehicles to these and other available parking areas. Parking is free of charge. Additional free parking is also available in the Community Playfield parking lot, accessed from Al Tahoe.
Seating: • Guests should plan to be in their seats on the playfield by 5:30 p.m. • Seating is first come, first served. • The playfield is stroller and wheelchair friendly. However, strollers and wheelchairs are not provided by the college. • No animals (other than service animals) are allowed on campus. • The Community Playfield is outdoors. Please prepare for weather and sun exposure when waiting outside (sun block, an umbrella or hat, etc.), as deemed necessary for conditions. • Restrooms are available onsite. • Campus-sponsored student clubs will be providing water, flowers and other items for sale to help fund student scholarships.
Tickets: Tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremony. However, due to limited seating please keep your guest list to a minimum so everyone can be accommodated comfortably.
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