Date and Time: Saturday, May 30, 2020
The Ceremony starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. Candidates assemble at 8:30 a.m. There is NO rehearsal.
Location: The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial, 1 War Memorial Square, at the corner of Broad and Exchange Streets
For Your Safety: Due to Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial safety regulations,
- No balloons or backpacks will be allowed in the Arena.
- All bags will be searched.
Arrive Early: Arrive early to beat the traffic. Your normal route downtown may be blocked by other special events taking place around Rochester.
Parking: Civic Center Parking Garage on Exchange Boulevard or the South Avenue Parking Garage.
Seating: Tickets are not required. Guests will be seated on a first come, first-served basis. Only candidates are allowed in the Candidate Seating Areas on the floor of the Arena.
Live Video Stream: If family and friends can’t attend in person, they can watch the ceremony via live video stream. The link will be available closer to the commencement date.
Cap & Gown Pickup: Caps and gowns may be picked up in the Brighton or Downtown Bookstore. Dates and times available closer to commencement.
*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.
Graduation Announcements: Graduation announcements are available for purchase at the MCC Bookstores.
Gifts for Graduates: An MCC Bookstore concession area will be available with gifts and roses for sale at the BCA at the War Memorial Broad Street entrance - 2nd level.
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: 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 down and up the rather steep ramp from the lower level, please contact the Student Services Office at 292-2124 for additional information and assistance.
Family members with disabilities should follow the direction signs to the upper level handicapped seating areas.
Should you, or a member of your family, be deaf or hard of hearing and need interpreting services, you need to contact the Student Services Office in advance at 292-2124 to discuss arrangements. Individual candidate's names will not be interpreted if prior notice has not been given.
Ceremony: The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all graduates and faculty will participate in the recessional.
As a courtesy to all graduates, participants are expected to remain until the conclusion of the ceremony.
Please note that children and other family members may not cross the stage with candidates.
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. MCC photo screens are available on both the first and second floors.
Diplomas: Congratulatory certificates will be presented at the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed in late July.
Honor Cords: A gold honor cord is given at the ceremony to graduates from August 2019 and December 2019 who have graduated "WITH DISTINCTION", candidates for May 2020 who entered the spring semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.449 or higher; and candidates for summer 2020 (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. They will not be available the day of Commencement.