COVID-19 Information

In-person learning delayed until Feb. 15. Classes start online Feb. 1.

We Are LVC Strong

Celebration 2020

A Virtual Celebration of Graduates—Full Schedule


Tuesday, April 21–Thursday, April 23

Inquiry Research Celebration (LVC log-in required)


Wednesday, April 22

Departmental Honors


Wednesday, April 29

Donning of the Kente & Lavender


Saturday, May 2

Graduate Accolades


Sunday, May 3

Honor Societies and Student Affairs Awards


Monday, May 4

See How the Graduates Have Grown

Senior Art Thesis Exhibition


Tuesday, May 5

Music Ensembles and Pride of The Valley Marching Band


Wednesday, May 6

Champagne Toast with President Thayne


Thursday, May 7

Athletics Senior Showcase, All-sports Awards, and Graduating Student-athlete Awards


Friday, May 8

Master of Athletic Training Celebration, Doctor of Physical Therapy Hooding Ceremony, and Cap Decorating


Saturday, May 9

Degree conferral, Honoring of Graduates, Faculty and Student Awards, and Remarks


A Message to Our 2020 Graduates

Dear Graduates,

You have all accomplished so much in the years since you first arrived on campus. Who knew that in your final semester a major part of the story of the LVC Class of 2020 would be written?

I think of you every day and want you to know I am so proud of you. The entire LVC community is proud of you. Your faculty and staff mentors have poured their hearts and souls into guiding you to success so you could reach this culmination of your college experience. They and the College’s 16,000 alumni are proud to welcome you to the global Dutchmen family.

I have made the commitment to you that LVC would develop a virtual celebration of the Class of 2020. I am delighted to share with you that A Virtual Celebration of Graduates will be held Saturday, May 2, through Saturday, May 9. Your diploma will be mailed to your home this summer. If you wish, you can now order your regalia online, to be delivered to your home within two weeks of your order, so that you may take photos and celebrate with your family.

Thank you for your patience and your resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is nothing more that the LVC community wants to do than to cheer you on as you cross the Commencement stage. I and others will continue to communicate with you as plans for a traditional ceremony take shape.

All my best,

President Thayne

Graduation Announcements and Class Rings

Visit here to purchase graduation announcements or class rings.

Honor Cords

Visit here to purchase honor cords.

Regalia Ordering

You can now order your regalia online, to be delivered to your home within two weeks of your order, so that you may take photos and celebrate with your family.

  • All pre-orders were canceled.
  • No payment was collected at the time of the pre-order so no refunds are due.
  • Order online only.
  • Payment is required at the time of ordering.
  • Oak Hall will ship directly to your home. A shipping charge of $8 is applied to orders. 

Ornamentation Policy

What is the policy on ornamentation of regalia worn at Commencement?

The wearing of cords, sashes, and other ornamentation during the Commencement ceremony is reserved for the following:

  • Honor cords or pins may be worn by academic honor society inductees. Cords and/or pins are awarded through the appropriate honor society. More information about the College's honor societies may be found in the College Catalog or by contacting the appropriate academic department.
  • The Kente cloth celebrates the graduation of students who recognize their African roots. Lavender stoles honor the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students. Students receive the Kente cloth and lavender stoles as part of the Kente and Lavender Graduation Ceremony held prior to Commencement.
  • Student government stoles may be worn by student government leaders and are provided by Student Affairs.
  • Flag patches may be worn to recognize the countries in which students studied abroad during their time at LVC. They can be obtained through the Director of Global Education.
  • Military cords may be worn by Veterans and Active Duty servicemembers and Reservists of the US Armed Forces. Cords are provided by the Financial Aid Office upon request.