Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Please plan to attend the virtual ceremony designated for your program of study. Contact the Campus Information Center if you have any questions in regard to your program or graduation status.

Staples Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Career & Technical Programs
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm Virtual Event Broadcast – click here

Advanced Farm Business Management Certificate
Agricultural Commodities Marketing Certificate
Agricultural Science A.S. Degree
Applications in Farm Business Management Certificate
Automation Technologies Certificate
CNC Technologies A.A.S. Degree
CNC Technologies Diploma
Current Issues in Farm Business Management Certificate
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma
Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology A.A.S. Degree
Enology A.A.S. Degree
Enology Diploma
Essentials of Farm Business Management Certificate
Heavy Equipment Operations & Maintenance Diploma
Machine Operations Diploma
Machine Technology Certificate
Mechatronics Diploma
Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree
Medical Assistant Diploma
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Practical Nursing Diploma
Production Technologies Certificate
Robotic Human Machine Interface Advanced Certificate
Robotic Manufacturing Certificate
Robotic Offline Programming Advanced Certificate
Robotic Vision Advanced Certificate
Robotic Welding Advanced Certificate
Robotic Welding Certificate
Robotics/Automated Systems Technology A.A.S. Degree
Robotics/Automated Systems Technology Diploma
Specialty Crops Management Diploma
Viticulture A.A.S. Degree
Viticulture Diploma

Brainerd Virtual Commencement Ceremony (6:00 pm)

Career & Technical Programs
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm Virtual Event Broadcast – click here

Administrative Assistant A.A.S. Degree
Administrative Support Diploma
Automotive Technology Diploma
Child Development Assistant Diploma
Child Development Certificate
Child Development, Care & Guidance A.A.S. Degree
Child Development/American Sign Language A.A.S. Degree
Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree
Computer Network Administration A.A.S. Degree
Computer Support Specialist Diploma
Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree
Criminal Justice Certificate (Advanced)
Dental Assistant Diploma
Dental Assisting A.A.S. Degree
Graphic Design A.A.S. Degree
Graphic Design Diploma
Graphic Design Media Technologies Diploma
Healthcare Accounting A.A.S. Degree
Healthcare Administration Specialist Certificate
Healthcare Administrative Specialist A.A.S. Degree
Healthcare Administrative Specialist Diploma
Healthcare Technology A.A.S. Degree
Horticulture A.A.S. Degree
Landscape Technology Diploma
Law Enforcement Skills Certificate
Marine & Small Engine Technology A.A.S. Degree
Marine & Small Engine Technology Diploma
Microsoft Office Professional Certificate
Mobile Application Development A.A.S. Degree
Natural Resource Law Enforcement A.A.S. Degree
Natural Resources Technology A.A.S. Degree
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Occupational Skills Diploma
Office Assistant Certificate
Special Education A.A.S. Degree
Special Education Certificate
Sustainable Greenhouse Production Diploma
Videography Production A.A.S. Degree
Videography Production Diploma
Welding and Fabrication A.A.S. Degree
Welding and Fabrication Diploma
Welding Technology Certificate
Wildlife Tourism Certificate

Brainerd Virtual Commencement Ceremony (7:00 pm)

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm Virtual Event Broadcast – click here

A.A. Degree (Transfer, General Education)
A.A. Degree (Honors Program)
A.S. Nursing RN Degree
Accountant A.A.S. Degree
Accountant Diploma
Bookkeeping Certificate
Business Management A.A.S. Degree
Entrepreneurship Certificate
American Indian Studies Certificate
Deaf Studies Certificate
Engineering A.S. Degree
Environmental Studies Certificate
Global Studies Certificate
Health Sciences Broad Field A.S. Degree
Individualized Studies Diploma
Latin American Studies Certificate
Ojibwe Studies Certificate
Women’s Studies Certificate

Students who receive a 3.25-3.74 cumulative GPA will graduate with honors. Students who receive a 3.75-4.0 cumulative GPA will graduate with high honors. Honors will be indicated in the printed commencement program and read along with the graduate’s name during the ceremony. Since CLC commencement is held before the receipt of final grades, the honor status at the conclusion of the previous semester is used for the program.

You will receive a mock diploma at graduation. Your official diploma will be mailed to you after grades are finalized and the Office of Records and Registration confirms your degree or diploma. Diplomas are mailed out approximately eight weeks after graduation. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that you have officially graduated.

Special Accommodations
If you have special needs and wish to attend, please contact the CLC Disability Coordinator at 218 855-8175 at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

Additional Information
We will provide additional information on this page as we move closer to the event dates.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for degrees, diplomas, and certificates must comply with the following criteria:

1. Complete all degree, diploma and certificate program requirements. Credits must be earned in courses numbered 1000 or above. Note: Students are subject to the requirements listed in their program in effect at the time of or after their enrollment. When enrollment has been broken for one year, the student is subject to the degree, diploma, or certificate requirements as stated in their program that is current at the time of re-enrollment.

2. Achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 grading scale.

3. Fulfill all financial obligations to the college.

4. Complete a minimum of one-third of the required Central Lakes College. Credits of “S” grades will be limited to 30% of the total credits for the degree, diploma, or certificate.

5. Submit an Application for Graduation Application forms are also available in the Records and Registration Office and also on the Forms page on the CLC Website.

6.Students who receive a 3.25-3.74 Cumulative GPA will graduate with honors. Students who receive a 3.75-4.0 Cumulative GPA will graduate with high honors. For the graduation ceremony, honors and high honors are determined at the end of fall semester.

Application to Graduate
Application forms are available in the Records and Registration Office and also on the Forms Page on the CLC Website.

Student Exit Survey

Graduation Information Spring 2020

Graduation Information Spring 2020


CLC Graduating Students, Family and Friends,

The Class of 2020 spoke and we listened!

In a poll of graduating CLC students, when asked the question:

Knowing that a large group gathering is not possible in the foreseeable future, would you be interested in participating in an event held in an alternative format?

Their answer was a resounding, YES!
(79% of graduating students said Yes/Maybe to this question)

Join the Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the May 13-14, 2020 Central Lakes College commencement events will be held VIRTUALLY and not on our campuses. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority, and the virtual format will allow everyone to participate without any health risk. Note: those who would rather walk across the stage in a physical ceremony may wait and participate in the next one that’s scheduled. Keep an eye on the CLC Graduation website page for more details on events in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

What will this alternative format look like? It will be individualized virtual events, tailored to celebrate each student group via a video feed at the scheduled dates and times:

Staples Campus • Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm
Brainerd Campus (Career and Technical) • Thursday, May 14 at 6 pm
Brainerd Campus (Liberal Arts, includes Nursing RN) • Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm

The events will follow very closely in format to a typical commencement ceremony.

• Welcome and Remarks by President Charlier
• Greetings and Congratulations by the Chancellor of the Minnesota State System
• Address by Student Senate President/Student Honors Speaker
• Recognition of graduates with honors
• Conferring of degrees
• Presentation of the the CLC Class of 2020. Virtual “walk” across the stage:(through submitted photos and individual information)
• Faculty and staff congratulates the graduates
• Ceremony conclusion

The events will be about 45-60 minutes in length and will be available through a video feed on the CLC website and Facebook.

Graduation Class of 2020

How to Participate:

You must have completed the Application for Graduation Form.

Students who have completed the Application for Graduation Form by Friday, May 1 will have their names presented in the 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies.

On your application, did you say you would participate in the commencement ceremony? If you did, then you should get a care package in the mail.
If you haven’t received your care package by Monday, April 27, please email Peggy at

After receiving your Commencement Care Package, complete the Participation Form by April 29, 2020.

The photo submission period is now closed.

CLC Commencement Care Packages
Your graduation experience will be rewarding. A commencement care package will be sent to graduating students who have applied for graduation and have indicated that they would like to participate in the 2020 ceremony. Graduating students will receive a cap and tassel, diploma cover, honor cord (if applicable) and event information sheet.

Upload photo – Have a photo ready for upload before you register on the Participation Form

Tips for taking a good headshot photo:
Use Natural Lighting
Keep the Background Simple
Dress How You Would When Meeting a New Client (or dress in a cap and gown)
Opt for Basic Hair and Makeup

Photo Requirements:
Individual headshot photo of graduate (selfies are acceptable)
Vertical photo
Digital photo (jpg, png, pdf) with high resolution (no screenshots)
Name photo file as: First Name Last Name (i.e. Jane Smith)
No writing or imposing any text/graphics onto the image
Photo must be in good taste and appropriate for an academic audience

How do I know what event I’m supposed to attend?
Look toward the bottom of this page, where you will find dropdown menus for each commencement event. In the dropdown menu, each program included in the event will be listed. 

I’m done with all of the above. What now?
Invite your family and friends to tune in for your event! Congratulations, class of 2020! 

More questions about the Spring Commencement Events, please email

Participation in the virtual ceremony is not a confirmation of graduation. To officially graduate, students must complete all program requirements as defined in the University Catalog. All requirements must be met and verified by the Office of the Registrar.

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