CLC Commencement Ceremonies 2023

Central Lakes College commencement ceremonies are held once each year in May. Graduates who complete their final program in the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023 term are invited to attend the May 2023 ceremony. Participation is voluntary.


The 5:00 PM events at the Staples and Brainerd campuses are at full capacity. No additional guest tickets are available for these events.

Commencement Photography
Graduate photos will be made available by noon the day following your commencement ceremony. Please check your CLC email account for link and password to access your photos.

Updated: May 12, 2023

Staples Campus – Practical Nursing Pinning/Commencement

Wednesday, May 10 at 2 pm

Practical Nursing Diploma

Staples Campus – Career & Technical Programs

Wednesday, May 10 at 5 pm

CNC Technologies A.A.S. Degree
CNC Technologies Diploma
Culinary Arts Certificate
Diesel Equipment Technician A.A.S. Degree
Diesel Equipment Technician Diploma
Machine Operations Diploma
Meat Cutting and Butchery Diploma
Mechatronics Diploma
Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree
Medical Assistant Diploma
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Production Technologies Certificate
Robotic Human Machine Interface Adv. 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
Advanced Farm Business Management Certificate
Agricultural Commodities Marketing Certificate
Agricultural Science A.S. Degree
Animal Science Core Concepts Certificate
Applications in Farm Business Management Certificate
Current Issues in Farm Business Management Certificate
Enology A.A.S. Degree
Enology Diploma
Essentials of Farm Business Management Certificate
Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance Diploma
Specialty Crops Management Diploma
Viticulture A.A.S. Degree
Viticulture Diploma

Brainerd Campus – Career & Technical Programs

Thursday, May 11 at 5 pm

Accountant A.A.S. Degree
Accountant Diploma
Automotive Technology A.A.S. Degree
Automotive Technology Diploma
Bookkeeping Certificate
Business Assistant Certificate
Business Management A.A.S. Degree
Business Management Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree
Computer Information Technology A.A.S. Degree
Computer Information Technology Diploma
Computer IT Security and Networking Diploma
Computer IT Security and Networking A.A.S. Degree
Computer CompTIA Certificate
Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree
Criminal Justice Certificate (Advanced)
Dental Assistant Diploma
Dental Assisting A.A.S. Degree
Early Childhood Education Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree
Early Childhood Education A.A.S. Degree
Early Childhood Education Diploma
Early Childhood Education Certificate
Emergency Medical Response Technician Certificate
Entrepreneurship Certificate
Graphic Design A.A.S. Degree
Graphic Design Diploma
Graphic Design Media Technologies Diploma
Healthcare Accounting A.A.S. Degree
Healthcare Administrative Specialist A.A.S. Degree
Healthcare Administration Specialist Certificate
Healthcare Administrative Specialist Diploma
Horticulture A.A.S. Degree
Individualized Studies A.A.S. Degree
Individualized Studies Diploma
Law Enforcement Skills Certificate
Marine and Powersports Diploma
Master Video Producer Diploma
Microsoft Office Professional Certificate
Natural Resource Law Enforcement A.A.S. Degree
Natural Resources Technology A.A.S. Degree
Nursing Assistant
Occupational Skills Diploma
Online Media Specialist Diploma
Social Media Producer Diploma
Sustainable Greenhouse Production Diploma
Sustainable Landscaping Diploma
Sustainable Local Food Certificate
Trained Medication Aid
Videography Production A.A.S. Degree
Videography Production Diploma
Welding and Fabrication A.A.S. Degree
Welding and Fabrication Diploma
Wildlife Tourism Certificate

Brainerd Campus – Nursing Pinning/Commencement

Friday, May 12 at 2 pm

Nursing A.S. Degree (Advanced Standing)
Nursing A.S. Degree (Traditional)

Brainerd Campus – Liberal Arts & Sciences

Friday, May 12 at 5 pm

A.A. Degree (Transfer/General Education)
Art Transfer Pathway A.F.A. Degree
Biology Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree
Chemistry Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree
Communications Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree
Deaf Studies Certificate
Economics Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree
Environmental Studies Certificate
Exercise Science Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree
Global Studies Certificate
Health Sciences Broad Field A.S. Degree
History Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree
Honors Certificate
Human Services A.A.S. Degree
Human Services Technician Diploma
Latin American Studies Certificate
Music A.F.A Degree
Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway A.S. Degree
Psychology Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree
Sociology Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree
Spanish Transfer Pathway A.A. Degree
Women’s Studies Certificate

Question 1: Will my guests need tickets to the graduation ceremony?
Yes. All guests are required to have a ticket to ensure compliance event venue capacity limits.
Graduating students will receive four(4) guest tickets by attending the campus Grad Wrap events April 17-19.

Question 2: Will I need a ticket to attend my graduation ceremony?
No. Graduating students do not need tickets to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Question 3: How many tickets will I get?
To safely accommodate you and your guests, the number of guest tickets is determined based on the number of confirmed students who indicated “yes” to attending the ceremony on their graduation application by the published deadline date. For the Spring 2023 commencement ceremonies, students who indicated “yes” to attending commencement on their graduation application by the published deadline will receive four (4) guest tickets.

Tickets are non-replaceable and do not have monetary value. The college does not support or condone the selling of guest tickets. CLC is not responsible for lost, stolen, destroyed or deleted guest tickets.

Question 4: Do guests who need accessible seating need tickets?
Yes. Guests who require accessible seating should contact the CLC Accessibility Services at 218-855-8175 at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

Question 5: Do students who are receiving multiple degrees receive more tickets?
No. Please note that each student is only given one set of tickets regardless of how many degrees are being earned. (For example, a dual degree student gets 1 set of tickets, not 2)

Question 6: What happens if guest tickets are lost?
Guest tickets cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. We are not responsible for lost, stolen or destroyed guest tickets. Commencement guest tickets are not for resale.

Question 7: Can I get extra guest tickets?
Graduating students may request additional tickets by contacting and will be placed on a waiting list if tickets become available. Students may want to check with their classmates to see if anyone has guest tickets that they are willing to give you.

Question 8: Why are guest tickets required for Commencement?
Safety is the first and foremost reason for controlling the number of guests in our venues. We give each graduating student a designated amount of guest tickets by taking the maximum occupancy of the space, subtracting the number of expected candidates, and divided the remaining seats by the number of expected candidates at each ceremony to determine how many guest tickets each candidate receives.

Question 9: Are there assigned seats for guests?
No. All seats are general admission. Seats are first-come, first served. Guests with tickets will be seated beginning one hour before the ceremony.

Question 10: Will CLC commencement events be streamed live?
Yes, CLC commencement ceremonies will also be streamed live on CLC Broadcasting YouTube channel.

Video – Live Streaming

Watch the live stream for all events on YouTube.


Central Lakes College is planning to provide professional photos of each graduate during the ceremony. These high-quality photos will be available to download for free the morning following the ceremony.

Other photo options
There will be several photo opportunities before and after the ceremony. Graduates can take photos at one of several photo stations/photo backgrounds throughout the campus or outside.


CLC reserves the right to make changes in the commencement plans as the pandemic situation changes. Please check this webpage for further updates.

All student planning to graduate in academic year 2022-23 must complete an application to graduate. Information on Graduation Requirements

Grad Wrap 2023

Brainerd Campus
Monday, April 17
11 am to 1 pm

Brainerd Campus
Tuesday, April 18
11 am to 1 pm

Staples Campus
Wednesday, April 19
11:30 am to 1 pm

Students who want their names included in the official 2023 CLC commencement program must have submitted their Application for Graduation form by no later than Friday, March 31 at 4 pm.

For more information on commencement, and a link for students to use to apply to graduate, please visit

Your graduation experience will be rewarding. Complete your CLC experience with Grad Wrap — the one-stop-shop to prepare for graduation. Pick up cap and gown, learn about loan exit plans, check graduation status, receive placement survey information, join the Alumni Association, and more!

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