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May Commencement Ceremony Postponed

With the global COVID-19 pandemic projected to continue into the months ahead, MCC has postponed its 57th annual Commencement ceremony to Thursday, December 3, 2020 (tentative date), when a traditional, in-person celebration will be held.

The decision to delay commencement is heart-wrenching but necessary to ensure the well-being and safety of our students, their families, faculty, staff, and the Greater Rochester community.

All students who fulfill program requirements and apply for graduation will become MCC graduates in May and receive official degrees and certificates in the mail during the summer. Approximately 2,000 students are expected to be in the class of 2020.

I fully understand and share our students' disappointment over the change in plans.

Our students' hard work, resilience, and achievements at MCC will not go unrecognized. I am committed to seeing our students experience the distinctive tradition of walking across the stage in December and celebrating with them this significant milestone in their lives. As we adjust to new realities, I am inspired by our campus community's strength, generosity, and dedication to our students.

Questions related to commencement may be sent to Students with questions about their graduation status can contact

Additional details on the December ceremony and on related class of 2020 end-of-academic year events to be held virtually will be forthcoming.

Katherine Douglas
Interim President

Please Note: Due to the rescheduling of Commencement and the closure of the campus, the MCC Bookstore was not able to bring in any caps and gowns to be distributed to students this spring. Caps and gowns will be tentatively distributed starting early November for the December Commencement ceremony.