Graduate Parade and Selfie Stations

2021 LLCC Graduate written on rear windshield of vehicleWe are very proud of our 2021 graduates and their drive to succeed! Faculty and staff lined the Graduate Parade route yesterday, holding congratulatory signs and cheering on the graduates as they drove through the  main campus in Springfield.

We were also excited to see our 2021 graduates at commencement selfie stations on May 12 and 13! The stations had fun swag, backdrops and commencement-related props and were located in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus and at Outreach Centers.

Congratulations, grads!

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Updated Return to Campus Guidelines

View the updated Return to Campus Guidelines for employees. Some changes from previous guidelines are as follows:

  • Building entry and exit ways will no longer be restricted.
  • Temperature kiosks will be removed at building entryways.
  • “Traffic flow” in buildings will no longer be restricted.
  • Individuals with mild symptoms (i.e., runny nose, mild cough, mild sinus symptoms) may return to campus with a negative COVID-19 test result (if requested by LLCC Human Resources).
  • Individuals who have symptoms making them more ill (i.e., fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat) may return to campus with a negative COVID-19 test result once their symptoms have improved and they are fever free for a minimum of 24 hours.

We will continue to monitor and update our procedures as modifications are made to CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines. It is expected that these guidelines will to continue to evolve over the course of summer as more and more people in our communities become fully vaccinated.

As a reminder, staff coming to campus are required to complete the daily screening on the COVID-19 Symptom Checker app. If you do not yet have access or are not registered for this app, please contact Human Resources so they can get you set up in the system. Once you are set up, you will receive daily notification to complete the symptom tracker app via text, email or both.

Join in the Graduate Parade today!

LLCC Commencement 2021. Drivent to Succeed. LLCC.Join us in creating a sea of LLCC blue today for our hardworking graduates to see when they drive by. Wear the Driven to Succeed T-shirts, bring some fun, handmade signs to display and join the Graduate Parade! Please arrive on campus before 5:30 p.m.; the parade begins at 6. Line the route close to where you normally work. If you work off campus, you’ll stand in an area just past Trutter/Millennium. Graduates will remain in their vehicles, but we can all wave our signs and let them know how proud we are of them!

If you need a T-shirt, some are still available. Just stop by the Information Desk in Menard Hall 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick one up. Contact amy.flynn@llcc.edu with any questions.

Also be sure to join us tomorrow, May 14, for the 2021 LLCC virtual commencement ceremony, which will premiere at 7 p.m.

Join in the Graduate Parade tomorrow – T-shirts still available!

LLCC Commencement 2021. Drivent to Succeed. LLCC.Graduate Parade shirts are still available! Sizes remaining are: S-9, M-15, L-8, XL-10, 2XL-6, 4XL-5, 5XL-1. So if you don’t yet have one, be sure to stop by the Information Desk in Menard Hall 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick one up. Contact amy.flynn@llcc.edu with any questions.

You’re invited to wear the shirts, bring some fun, handmade signs to display and join the Graduate Parade tomorrow! We want our hardworking graduates to see a sea of LLCC blue when they drive by. Please arrive on campus before 5:30 p.m.; the parade begins at 6. Line the route close to where you normally work. If you work off campus, you’ll stand in an area just past Trutter/Millennium. Graduates will remain in their vehicles, but we can all wave our signs and let them know how proud we are of them

Also be sure to join us on Friday, May 14, for the 2021 LLCC virtual commencement ceremony, which will premiere at 7 p.m.

COVID vaccine clinic reminder

If you want to participate in the COVID vaccine clinic that is being offered tomorrow, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon in A. Lincoln Commons, please schedule a vaccination time at the following link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/LLCC@llcconline.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/. All appointments must be made by no later than noon on Wednesday, May 12.

The vaccination being administered is the Pfizer vaccine so it requires two rounds of vaccination. The vaccination clinic for the second dose is scheduled for Thursday, June 3. This vaccination opportunity is also available to employee family members that are 16 years or older.

LLCC student Jennifer Haggerty named a Cooke Foundation Scholar

Jennifer HaggertyJennifer Haggerty of Chandlerville, a student at LLCC, has been named a 2021 Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholar.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced that Haggerty is among 72 high achieving community college students selected to receive the prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive scholarship will provide these students with up to $40,000 a year for up to three years to complete their bachelors’ degrees. Recipients of the scholarship were chosen from a pool of 1,300 applicants from 370 community colleges across the nation.

“We know how much exponentially harder this past year has been on students. It’s an honor to award this group of individuals as they have achieved so much both in the classroom and in their daily lives,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are proud to welcome this new class of Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars to our community and are excited to support them as they transition to four-year institutions.”

Haggerty, an active member of LLCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor (PTK) Society chapter, is also one of two LLCC students chosen as members of the 2021 All-Illinois Academic Team and was named a 2020 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar. She returned to college after 17 years in the workforce and noted, “It has been so encouraging to be part of a group of goal-oriented individuals and supporting leadership staff. PTK has opened up opportunities in my education that I didn’t even dream possible.” After LLCC, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and hopes to attend graduate school to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

According to the Cooke Foundation, nearly half of the students pursuing college choose to attend two-year institutions, and community college students who transfer to selective institutions have equal to or higher graduation rates than students who enrolled directly from high school or transferred from four-year institutions. The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship seeks to increase the number of community college students completing their education at top four-year institutions.

In addition to financial support, Haggerty will receive comprehensive educational advising, opportunities for internships, study abroad and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of Cooke Scholars and Alumni.

Wildlife photos

Thanks to Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, for sharing these wildlife photos from recent walks around the LLCC campus.

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Faculty/staff: Join in the Graduate Parade Thursday!

LLCC Commencement 2021. Drivent to Succeed. LLCC.We want our hardworking graduates to see a sea of LLCC blue when they drive into the Graduate Parade Thursday! Please wear your blue Driven to Succeed T-shirt and make some fun, handmade signs to display as graduates drive by. Please arrive on campus before 5:30 p.m.; the parade begins at 6. Line the route close to where you normally work. If you work off campus, you’ll stand in an area just past Trutter/Millennium. Graduates will remain in their vehicles, but we can all wave our signs and let them know how proud we are of them.

If you haven’t picked up your free T-shirt yet, they’re available at the Information Desk in Menard Hall 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also some extras for those who didn’t place an order. Contact amy.flynn@llcc.edu with any questions.

Graduate Parade information for faculty/staff

The Graduate Parade route enters campus from the main entrance at the intersection of Shepherd and Toronto Roads. Head east from entrance. Take first right and head south. Turn left in front of the Workforce Careers Center, heading east. Pass the Trutter Center and Montgomery, Logan and Mason Halls. Then turn left (north). Then take the first left , and head west passing Millennium and Trutter centers. Then turn right, heading north. Follow until road T's. Then turn left to follow main road out of campus.It’s commencement week, and LLCC will hold an outdoor Graduate Parade on Thursday, May 13, at 6 p.m. All LLCC employees are invited to participate and should arrive on campus no later than 5:30 p.m. Campus roads/entrances will be shut down around that time to prepare for the parade. Employees will line the parade route (outlined in image to the right). Ideally, employees will be near the area where they “live” on campus (employees who primarily work in the Workforce Careers Center will be on the sidewalk in front of that building, etc.) Employees who usually work in Cass, Menard and Sangamon, and the Outreach Centers and other off-campus locations, will be assigned to the area where the parade is preparing to exit campus (just past Trutter/Millennium). All employees should wear masks, maintain appropriate social distancing and wear the “Driven to Succeed” T-shirts ordered through PRM. Employee participants are also encouraged to make signs congratulating the graduates, but should do so at limited expense (no professional banners, etc.) We will have decorations with  “Congrats Grads” banners at the campus entrance. It is also important to note there is no stopping of parade traffic. To ensure appropriate COVID protocols and maintain safe social distancing, graduates and their guests will be instructed to remain in their vehicles for the duration of the parade.

Rain date for the Graduate Parade is Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. Participants would need to arrive by 9:30 a.m. if that occurs.

LLCC Commencement 2021. Drivent to Succeed. LLCC.As a reminder, Driven to Succeed T-shirts to wear at the Graduate Parade are available for pickup at the Information Desk in A. Lincoln Commons during the following times:

  • Monday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 11, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 12, 8-11 a.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 13, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

For those at Outreach Centers, T-shirts will be delivered to those locations.

If you have questions about T-shirt pickup, please contact amy.flynn@llcc.edu.