Assembly: Candidates will enter the Arena at Exchange Street or 1 War Memorial Square (formerly Broad Street entrance) - both entrances are handicapped accessible - and should report to the bottom level of the Arena by 8:30 a.m.with cap and gown. You will pick up your name card at the designated registration tables. Marshals will direct you to your proper place in the processional lines.
Do not bring valuables with you to be left in the marshaling area. Do not bring alcoholic beverages or balloons.
Special Needs: Family members with disabilities should follow the direction signs to the upper level handicapped seating areas. Candidates with physical disabilities should take the elevator to the bottom level of the Arena. Should your disability be such that you are unable to proceed up the ramp from the lower level, please contact the Student Services Office at 292-2122 for further instructions.
Should you, or a member of your family, be deaf or hard of hearing and need interpreting services, you are also asked to contact the Student Services Office at the above telephone number to discuss arrangements. Individual candidate's names will not be interpreted if prior notice has not been given. Please contact the StudentServices office if additional information is needed on special needs.
*The college will be closed on May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.
**There is no charge for a cap and gown. There are no pre-orders; all sizes will be available at time of pickup. Caps and gowns are yours to keep.
PLEASE NOTE: ON THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT, CAPS & GOWNS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE BLUE CROSS ARENA. STUDENTS MUST PICK THEM UP FROM THE BOOKSTORE. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONY WITHOUT THEIR CAP & GOWN.
Tickets are not required. (Graduation announcements will be available for purchase at the MCC Bookstores.) Guests attending will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all graduates and faculty will participate in the recessional back to the marshaling area.
The ceremony is expected to last between 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Consider that this length of time may be difficult on older adults and young children. Out of respect for fellow classmates and consideration for their families, candidates are expected to remain until the conclusion of the ceremony.
We regret that children and other family members may not cross the stage with candidates. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all graduates and faculty will participate in the recessional back to the marshalling area.
Photographs: A professional photographer will be taking pictures of graduates on stage and will contact you individually at a later date for purchase arrangements. There will be an opportunity to take family pictures in the lobby of the Blue Cross Arena.
Honor Cords: An honor cord in recognition of "DISTINCTION" is given at the ceremony to graduates from July 2014 -March 2015 who have graduated "WITH DISTINCTION", candidates for May 2015 who entered the spring semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.449 or higher; and candidates for summer 2015 (attending early) with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The actual GPA required for certification "WITH DISTINCTION" is 3.5 or higher.
PHI THETA KAPPA: Members of Phi Theta Kappa who wish to wear honors regalia must make their purchase in advance through Phi Theta Kappa. It will not be available to do so the day of Commencement.