Participating in the graduation ceremony


Students can traditionally participate in graduation by completing these 3 steps:

1. Apply for your Associate degree or your certificate through the MC Counseling Office.
Visit your MC counselor to confirm that you have met all the requirements necessary for graduation (see their Apply for AA Degree/Graduation page for information on how to complete this step). The Student Activities Office does not determine students' eligibility for degrees or certificates; please contact the Counseling Office for information on whether or not you have met all requirements for degree or certificate completion. The Spring 2020 Graduation and Certificate Petition Deadline is March 5 at noon. Spring graduates who wish to walk in the ceremony and have their names in the Commencement Program must apply for their degree or certificate by this date.

2. Purchase your regalia and degree cover from the MC Bookstore.
Regalia packages (cap, black gown, tassel, diploma cover, and name card) will be available for purchase beginning Monday, April 13 through Friday, May 8, and altogether should cost less than $60. Also available for purchase at the Bookstore will be a "bling" souvenir tassel and an MC school pride sash. Students graduating with Honors (i.e., a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher) should ask for a gold tassel when purchasing regalia. Scroll to the bottom of the MC Bookstore website for their current store hours.

3. Show up to the graduation ceremony at least 30 minutes early to walk with other graduates!
Additional instructions will be included inside the regalia package that you purchase from the MC Bookstore. No RSVP is required to walk in the ceremony. While students pay for the diploma cover at the time that they purchase the regalia, students do not take it home until the day of the graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020. Please note that participating students are expected to remain throughout the entire ceremony, which is expected to last up to two hours.