CLC Commencement Ceremonies 2024

Central Lakes College commencement ceremonies are held once each year in May. Graduates who complete their final program in the Fall 2023, Spring 2024, or Summer 2024 term are invited to attend the May 2024 ceremony. Participation is voluntary.

We expect to be over guest capacity on Friday for our Liberal Arts & Sciences Ceremony. We ask graduates to limit guests to three (3) for this ceremony. Live stream viewing available.

Guests (maximum of THREE guests per graduate)
Tickets are not required for the commencement ceremonies. Graduates are asked to limit their in-person guests to THREE people, because the ceremonies will fill to capacity. All seating is general admission (first-come, first-served), and specific seats and/or consecutive seats are not guaranteed. If our facility reaches capacity, guests will be redirected to overflow viewing areas. The doors open to the ceremonies one-hour prior to the time posted for the ceremony. Please note that your ceremony will be broadcast live for remote viewing.

Commencement Photos
Photos will be available one day after your ceremony is completed. Follow this Link.
Use code “clc” to enter the photo website.

Updated: May 9, 2024

Staples Campus – Practical Nursing Pinning/Commencement

Wednesday, May 8 at 2:00pm

Practical Nursing Diploma

Staples Campus – Career & Technical Programs

Wednesday, May 8 at 5:00pm

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 9 at 5:00pm

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 10 at 2:00pm

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

Brainerd Campus – Liberal Arts & Sciences

Friday, May 10 at 5:00pm

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?
No. However, we request that graduates invite no more than four (4) guests to the ceremony to ensure compliance event venue capacity limits.  If our facility reaches capacity, guests will be redirected to overflow viewing areas.

Question 2: Are there assigned seats for guests?
There is no assigned seating. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. The doors will be open to the ceremonies one-hour prior to the time posted for the ceremony.

Question 3. What if graduates or guests need special accommodations?
If you or your guests have special needs and wish to attend, please contact CLC Accessibility Services at 218-855-8175 at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

Question 4: Will CLC commencement events be streamed live?
Yes, CLC commencement ceremonies will also be streamed live on CLC Broadcasting YouTube channel.

Question 5: Will I receive my diploma at the commencement ceremony?
No, you will receive an insert in place of your diploma at the commencement ceremony. Your diploma will be mailed after grades are finalized and the Records and Registration office ( confirms you have met all graduation requirements. Diplomas are mailed approximately eight weeks after graduation. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that you have officially graduated.

Question 6: Who receives honor cords?
Students who achieve a 3.25-3.74 cumulative Central Lakes College GPA will graduate with honors. Students who achieve a 3.75-4.0 cumulative Central Lakes College GPA will graduate with high honors. For the commencement ceremony and program, honors and high honors are determined using the cumulative GPA at the end of prior semester.

Students who achieve a 3.25-3.74 cumulative Central Lakes College GPA at the time of award completion will receive a transcript notation indicating graduation with honors. Students who achieve a 3.75-4.0 cumulative Central Lakes College GPA at the time of award completion will receive a transcript notation indicating graduation with high honors. Note that this calculation includes the final semester grades, which is different than the calculation used for the commencement ceremony and program.

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. Please check your CLC email account for link and password to access your photos.

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 2023-24 must complete an application to graduate. Information on Graduation Requirements

Grad Wrap 2024

Brainerd Campus
Monday, April 15
11 am to 1 pm

Brainerd Campus
Tuesday, April 16
11 am to 1 pm

Staples Campus
Wednesday, April 17
11:30 am to 1 pm

Graduates who missed Grad Wrap may pick up their cap, gown & tassels and confirm their graduation status at the campus Welcome Centers between May 1-3 from 8am-4:30pm.
If you need a different size gown, this is your chance to stop in and exchange it.


Students who want their names included in the official 2024 CLC commencement program must have submitted their Application for Graduation form by no later than Friday, March 29 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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