Graduation Information

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Twice a year (May and December), SOWELA holds a commencement ceremony to recognize the students who have completed either an Associate’s Degree or Technical Diploma during the previous summer, fall, and spring semesters.

SOWELA will be hosting Spring 2021 Commencement on Wednesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 27, at 6:00 p.m. each day at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. A survey was sent to all 2020 graduates, along with the Spring 2021 graduates, to gather information regarding interest in participation. Since then, a link to RSVP to one of the ceremonies was sent to those graduates who completed the survey indicating a desire to participate. Due to social distancing guidelines, we may not be able to accommodate students who have not responded to emails and texts sent regarding participation.

Any money owed to the College must be paid before students can receive their diplomas and transcripts verifying graduation. Also, students who have holds on their accounts must have these cleared in order to receive diplomas and transcripts.

Students should apply for graduation no later than the following deadlines:

Graduation Application Deadlines
(Does not refer to the RSVP deadline for participation)
Semester Deadline
Spring May 1, 2021

To submit a graduation application, please follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Complete Degree Review with Dean and Apply to Graduate
Schedule an appointment with your Dean prior to the close of Add/Drop of your last semester at SOWELA to verify that you meet the degree requirements. Eligible candidates should then go to their LoLA account under Student/Student Records/Apply to Graduate and complete the application for graduation.

If you applied in a previous term but did not graduate, you must apply again for this term.

STEP 2: Order Cap & Gown and other Graduation Memorabilia
Caps, gowns, and memorabilia will be available for order at the SOWELA Bookstore located in the Sycamore Student Center.

STEP 3: Review Graduation Fast Fact Page (NOTE: This Fact Page has not been updated to reflect postponements due to COVID-19)
Make sure that you review the SOWELA Commencement Fast Fact Page (PDF).

If you have any questions regarding either your candidacy for graduation or the commencement ceremony, please contact the Graduation Committee at