Applying for Graduation

Congratulations! We are extremely proud of you as you complete your degree and graduate from Lamar State College Orange (LSCO). This graduation checklist will guide you through the graduation process and allow you to participate in the commencement festivities. We will send all graduation communications to your email as well as via text messages. Any questions regarding the graduation application process or commencement can be sent to Plans are being made to honor our graduates. Please review the important dates and deadlines regarding graduation.

Important Dates to Remember:

January 16 Graduation Application process begins for all eligible students.  Be on the look out for an email notifying you of eligibility and how to apply.
Online Order Deadline
April 7, 2024
Order Cap and Gown online -
  • Cap and Gown can be purchased directly from:
    LU Bookstore
    4405 Jimmy Simmons Blvd. Beaumont, TX 77705
    Hours M-Th, 8am-5pm; F, 8am-4pm
March 29 Last day for students in the Registered Nursing Program (completing the 10-week session) to apply for graduation online. - After this date contact RN students will walk at commencement ceremony on May 10th, diplomas will be mailed after the spring term ends.  
April 4 Registered Nursing Students will be able to pick up their final transcript in Admissions on the 3rd floor of the Ron E. Lewis Library.  Diplomas will not be available. 
April 30

Last day to apply for graduation online for all students not in the Registered Nursing Program - After this date contact . Graduate name will not be in the printed program if you apply after this date.  

Last day to complete Graduation Exit Survey

May 9th Graduation Rehearsal - G&G Enterprises Arena at West Orange Stark Highschool, 1400 Newton St, Orange, TX 77630 at 4:30 PM. 
May 10th  Commencement Ceremony - G&G Enterprises at West Orange Stark Highschool, 1400 Newton St, Orange, TX 77630 at 7:00 PM. (Graduates must arrive no later than 6:15 PM to check in.)
  • Diplomas will be mailed to the address entered on the online graduation application. 

Graduation Checklist

If you are close to completing your undergraduate degree or certificate requirements, there are some things you need to know to ensure your graduation experience is a pleasant one:

  • Graduation is the process where we verify that you have met all conditions to receive a degree or certificate.  You must tell us you are completing your requirements by applying for graduation through MyGator.  This application is mandatory whether you are planning on attending the commencement ceremony or not.
  • Commencement is the ceremony held at the end of each semester.  Students often confuse "Graduation" with the "Commencement Ceremony".
  • The application for graduation is mandatory and opens within the first week of the semester you are eligible to graduate in.  It is extremely important that you apply with enough time for us to review your record.  Applying late could could result in delay of your graduation date if you are found to be missing requirements, or your name will not printed in the commencement program.  

✔ Apply for Graduation

Students who are eligible to apply for graduation will be notified by email through  The email will provide you with the steps to apply for graduation.  If you believe you are eligible for graduation but have not received an email to apply, please contact  The graduation clerk will review your record to determine eligibility, and if eligible get approval from the Program Director.  

Applications for graduation will open the first week of the semester.  Please refer to the Academic Calendar for dates.  Here are the steps to apply.  

  1. Log into MyGator
  2. Click on Gator Self Service
  3. Select Student
  4. Select Student Records
  5. Select Apply to Graduate
  6. Select YES or NO "Are you attending the ceremony"
  7. Verify or provide us with the mailing address where you would like your diploma mailed.
  8. Verify your diploma name.  Only your middle name can be adjusted on the application(s).
  9. Complete an online application for each curriculum award available.Students earning more than one certificate or degree must complete the steps above for each degree and certificate you qualify for.  This will require you to complete an online application for each curriculum award available.  If one of your curriculum awards is not available, please email

Once you have completed the Online Graduation Application you will receive additional information regarding Graduation via your email or text messages. 

✔ Review your Degree Works Audit(s)

Review your degree plan through Degree Works.  Verify that all information is correct.  Once eligible you will see a "Graduation Application" block.  This block will be updated throughout the semester by the Graduation Clerk.  

Examples of statuses you may see on the "Graduation Application" block:

  • You are eligible to apply for graduation.
  • Your graduation application has been submitted, pending review.
  • Your audit is under review by the Graduation Clerk.
  • Audit Review Verified - Pending grades.
  • Final Audit Review completed, degree/certificate pending.
  • Transcript needed to complete review.
  • Your GPA is below the required GPA to graduate.
  • Your graduation requirements for the term were not met.  You will need to apply next term.

If you have questions at any time about your audit, email

✔ Pay for Cap and Gown

Cap and Gowns can be purchased at the Lamar University Bookstore, 4405 Jimmy Simmons Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705.

To purchase your cap and gown online please click the link below: (DEADLINE APRIL 17, 2024) 

Dual Credit and Early College High School students will wear their high school cap and gown. 

✔ Graduation Photos

Graduation photos are available for purchase by contacting Print Services at 409-882-3359, or email

✔ ETS Proficiency Profile Graduation Requirement (December and May Graduations Only)

Students graduating with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching degree are required to take the ETS Proficiency Profile prior to graduation.  Please contact the Testing Center at 409-882-3330 to sign up for one of the ETS Proficiency Test dates. If you will be receiving an Associate of Applied Science, Certificate or Institutional Award you do not have to take the ETS Proficiency Profile. 

✔ Receive Your Degree

After you have successfully completed all courses and are cleared for graduation your degree will be conferred at the end of the term. Diplomas will be mailed approximately two weeks after the ceremony. Please remember that participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute official graduation from LSCO; your degree must be conferred before you are considered a graduate of Lamar State College Orange. Students who have not been cleared financially with the Cashier’s Office will not receive a diploma until all financial obligations have been cleared.

✔ Participation in Commencement

It’s YOUR time to celebrate and showcase the completion of your diploma!

In order to participate in the graduate ceremony, you must apply for graduation. The Office of Student Services is responsible for determining the number of graduates at each commencement to ensure ample seating for graduates’ guests.

Why Attend Commencement?

  • Name, Degree and Honors (if applicable) will be announced during ceremony (see honors policy)
  • Celebrate the completion of your hard work and dedication with family and friends
  • Photographs preserving the moment and memory will be taken and available for purchase

Not Attending Commencement Ceremony

Even if you do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony, you must complete the Graduation Checklist and apply for graduation to receive your diploma. Graduates not attending the ceremony will receive their diploma in the mail approximately two weeks after the ceremony. 

✔ FERPA Information

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), if you withhold any of the following information your name will not be printed in the commencement program:

  • Your name
  • Program of Study (college, major, or campus)
  • Degrees
  • Honors and awards received

If you completed a confidentiality hold form at any time while you are a student here at LSCO, you will receive an email from the Graduation Clerk requesting that you release the hold prior to graduating.  You must complete the form and email it back to the graduation clerk one week prior to the commencement ceremony to have your directory information shown in the commencement program or a part of any published list.  

If you elect to withhold your name from directory information you must complete the form one week prior to the commencement ceremony to have information withheld from the program. 

Program Directors/Lead Faculty/Dean

Business, Business Construction Management, Business Management, Business Management Accounting, Business Real Estate Management, Business Operations, and Entrepreneurship:  Mary Kate Flanagan,, (409) 882-3009, Wilson Bldg., Rm. 111

Biology Medical Professions Emphasis:  Matt McClure,, (409) 882-3304, Academic Center, Rm. 242

Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, CISCO Networking Cybersecurity Technician, and Information Technology (support specialist; networking specialist; software development; cybersecurity specialist) : Diane Dotson,, (409) 882-3038, Academic Center, Rm. 241

Communication:  Kevin Doss,, (409) 882-3368, Academic Center, Rm 109

Cosmetology:  Kim Moyers,, (409) 882-3311

Court Reporting:  Cristy Smith,, (409) 882-3307, Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 222

Criminal Justice (CJ Certificate; CJ Law Enforcement Certificate): Hallie Gates,, (409) 882-3046, Academic Center, Rm. 226A

Dental Assisting: Colleen Baker,, (409) 882-3022, Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 221

Electro Mechanical Technology:  Keith Jones,, (409) 882-3020, Workforce Education Building, Rm. 121

Enviromental Science:  Matt McClure,, (409) 882-3304, Academic Center, Rm. 242

Emergency Medical Services: Rickey Land,, (409) 882-3929, Wilson Bldg., Rm 121

General Studies, Liberal Arts: Eric Owens,, (409) 882-3385, Academic Center, Rm. 117A

Instrumentation:  Henry Ramsey,, (409) 882-3986, Wilson Bldg., Rm. 109

Logistics Management:  Mary Kate Flanagan,, (409) 882-3009, Wilson Building, Rm. 111

Maritime:  James Chatlosh, Captain,, Workforce Education Building

Massage Therapy:  Erin Peters, (409) 882-3909, Workforce Education Bldg., Rm. 100A

Medical Assistant:  Jessica Montgomery,, (409) 882-3980, Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 232

Natural Science:  Matt McClure,, (409) 882-3304, Academic Center, Rm. 242

Pre-Professional Health Science:  Matt McClure,, (409) 882-3304, Academic Center, Rm. 242

Pharmacy Technology:  Jennifer Fabriguze, , (409) 882-3035, Allied Health Bldg., Rm. 241

Process Operating Technology: Hank Ramsey,, (409) 882-3986, Wilson Bldg., Rm. 109

Registered Nursing:  Mandee Tucker, Dean,, (409) 882-3389, Nursing Classroom Bldg., Rm. 104J

Safety Health and Environmental:  Hank Ramsey,, (409) 882-3986, Wilson Bldg., Rm. 109

Sociology: Audrey Ewer, , (409) 882-3360, Academic Center, Rm. 121

Teaching: Skylar Slaughter,, Shahan Event Center, Rm. 133

Vocational Nursing: Sherri Foreman,, (409) 882-3912, Nursing Classroom Bldg., Rm. 104L

HVAC, Automotive, and Welding Technology: Dr. Keith Jones,, (409) 882-3020, Wilson Bldg., Rm. 121

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