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Friday, December 6, 2024 at 5:30 pm

Below are the times and details for our in-person commencement.  This commencement webpage will be updated regularly to provide information to students and their family and friends. Additional questions should be directed to cyoung@lcn.edu.  

The event will be held at:

Danville High School

Dick Van Dyke Auditorium

202 E. Fairchild
Danville, IL

The schedule is as follows:

3:45 pm -  Graduates Arrive... Each campus is assigned a classroom.  There will be staff members who will help direct graduates as they arrive.

4:00 pm -  Walk Through... Graduates need to be present for the walk-through rehearsal.  Immediately after, group photos will be taken either/or on the stage or in the hallway behind the state.  Please be fully dressed in cap and gown for this walk through.  It's important to get pictures taken before meeting up with family as they arrive.  

5:00 pm - Doors Open the General Public... Tickets are not required for entry, and there is no limit to how many guests each graduate can have. 

5:30 pm - Graduation Ceremony Begins

We will attempt to livestream each graduate receiving diplomas/nursing pins through the Lakeview College of Nursing Facebook Page if technology allows.  Streaming will begin at approximately 5:30 pm.

Announcements and Other Items for Purchase

Can be purchased through this Herff Jones website.

Graduate Seating

All graduates will have designated and reserved seating in the auditorium's front row (s).

Guest Seating

The auditorium will be open for guests 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.  All seating is first come, first served, and tickets will not be required.


Parking is available directly across the street, west of the auditorium.  Guests should enter through the circle drive doors on the northwest side of the building.  There is also a handicapped ramp at this entrance.

DHS Parking Lot Graphic
DHS Parking Grpahic. 
(Parking lots in yellow and circle drive entrance in maroon.)

Ceremony Photographs

There will be a photographer who will be taking a photo of each candidate being pinned as they come across the stage.  This will allow guests to stay seated during the ceremony.  These pictures along with others taken before and during the ceremony will be available through the LCN Flickr page.


A listing of graduation candidates and/or individual photos may be posted on the website and/or forwarded to the media each semester.  If a student does NOT wish for this graduation information to be published, they must opt-out of Merit.

Additional photos and/or videos will be taken at graduation and provided approximately 6 weeks following the ceremony.  These photos/videos may be posted on websites and/or the College's social media sites (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, etc.)  If you prefer to NOT appear in the photos/videos you must email amcfadden@lakeviewcol.edu prior to the date of the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Attire

The cost of the commencement attire is included in the graduation fee.  This includes a custom LCN graduation gown, cap, and tassel.  Gowns should be ordered through this site:  http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_lakeview/.  The Following stoles will be included for those who qualify.

  • Honor Society Cord - Students who have been inducted into the academic honor society may wear honor society cords over graduation regalia.
  • Honor Stoles - Provided by Lakeview to select students who have met the graduation honor criteria.


There are optional stoles announcements and other items available for purchase on the website as well.  The additional stoles and other items are at the graduate's expense.

Please note:  Any other apparel must be approved by the administration prior to graduation.

Ceremony Honors

Ceremony honors are calculated prior to the commencement ceremony and do not include the most current semester's coursework; therefore, the ceremony honors are not considered official honors and will not appear on the academic transcript or diploma.  Since ceremony honors do not include the current semester's coursework, those honors may differ from the official academic honors calculated when the degree is conferred.

Honors are assigned based on the GPA criteria listed below.

  • 3.6 - 3.79 GPA Cum Laude
  • 3.80 - 3.94 GPA Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.95 - 4.00 GPA Summa Cum Laude

College Pinning Ceremony and Pins

Lakeview incorporates the traditional nursing pinning ceremony into the degree ceremony.  The cost of the pin is included in the graduation fee.  The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition.  It signifies an official initiation into this noble profession.  The symbolism of this rite of passage can be traced as far back as the Crusades of the 12th century. 

The modern ceremony evolved in the 1860s when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition of her tireless service to the injured during the Crimean War.

By 1916, the practice of pinning new graduates was standard throughout the United States to honor their dedication, hard work, excellence, and completion of their nursing program.  Every nursing program has a unique pin.  The pin identifies the school, indicates the graduates' successful program completion, and that the wearer is a professional nurse.  It is a symbolic welcome to the profession.

Graduates can have a close friend or family member pin them if that individual is a Registered Professional Nurse.  Graduates must provide the individual's name to be announced when the candidate crosses the stage.


Diploma covers will be distributed at commencement.  Diplomas will be mailed approximately 4- 6 weeks after commencement when an audit of the student's record is complete (all transfer credits are received, and all Lakeview grades are posted).  Students who received financial aid will be required to complete exit counseling before anything can be released.

Petition to Graduate

Graduates must submit their petition to graduate form within the first two weeks of the semester in which they plan on graduating.

Graduate Survey

A survey will be distributed to all potential graduates and must be completed and submitted at least 3 weeks prior to Commencement.  This survey information is used for publication as well as to provide information about each graduate to be read as they walk across the stage at the commencement ceremony.

Graduate Portraits

All graduates are encouraged to participate in a pre-graduation individual photo.  This is included in the standard graduation fee. Graduation candidates will be notified of the date and time for the photo via email.  This typically occurs at the end of the semester.  Following the photo shoot, the photos will be digitally available to students to share and print as desired.


*We plan to broadcast the ceremony on Facebook Live through our LCN Facebook Page.  The entire graduation ceremony may also be posted on Lakeview's YouTube channel approximately 2-4 weeks following the ceremony.

*Technology Permitting

Hotels and Accommodations

For Danville Area hotel and restaurant information, please visit the Danville Area Convention Visitors Bureau.

We look forward to celebrating all the graduate's accomplishments with family and friends.  this means a great deal to each graduate as they appreciate all the support you have given them.