The Commencement ceremony is an opportunity for MCC to pay special tribute to its graduates for the outstanding efforts they have shown in earning their degree or certificate.
this includes those finishing classes in the Spring / Summer or Fall semesters
Our commencement ceremony is held once a year in the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center (formerly Perani Arena) at the end of the Winter semester.
Traditional attire is required for participation in commencement ceremonies. Graduates may purchase their caps and gowns through the Student Life Office PCC1240 in the weeks prior to Commencement.
|Cap, Gown & Tassel||$30.00|
|White cords: 3.0 "Graduation with honors"
Silver cords: 3.5 "Graduation with high honors"
Gold cords: 4.0 "Graduation with highest honors"
|PTK attire worn by members in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa|
|Phi Theta Kappa Stole||$27.00|
|Phi Theta Kappa Tassel||10.00|
|Phi Theta Kappa Cords||18.00|
|PTK medallion worn by PTK officers|
Graduation Apparel will be on sale in Student Life (Prahl College Center 1240) from April 25 - April 28th.
You can purchase your Cap, Gown & Tassel on the following days and times in Student Life:
|Regalia Sale Hours|
|April 25||8:00am - 12:00pm|
|April 26||10:00am - 2:00pm|
|April 27||3:00pm - 7:00pm|
|April 28||12:00pm - 4:00pm|
Full payment is due at the time of purchase. No exceptions.
Graduate Honors Reception
Eligible graduates who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher in their studies will be invited to a college-wide Graduate Honors Reception which will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., location: Holiday Inn Gateway Centre. Students who qualify receive an invitation from the Office of the Academic Affairs Vice-President. Invited grads, families and friends must RSVP as tickets are limited. Graduates will receive their honors pins and those earning an Associate degree with a 4.0 GPA along with the Paul Karr and Phil Braun award winners will be recognized during the ceremony.
Paul Karr Award
The Paul Karr Award is awarded each year to the graduate chosen to represent the class as its best citizen on the basis of scholarship based on number of credits and GPA, character and service. This honor is noted on the student’s permanent record.
Phil Braun Award
Recognition is awarded each year to the graduate most outstanding in scholarship. This honor is noted on the student‘s permanent record.
Graduation with Honors Designations
Students graduating with a cumulative 3.0 – 4.0 GPA will receive one of the following notations
on their Associates Degree transcript:
A photographer will be present at the graduation ceremony to take photos before the ceremony and when you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. The company will send you information about ordering photos shortly after the ceremony.
Please advise your family and friends to arrive early. NO tickets are required and there is NO reserved seating. Doors open at 12:30pm.
All parking at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center is FREE for the Graduation ceremony.
If you require special accommodations such as a stage ramp for a physical disability, or an interpreter for the deaf, please call (810) 762-0237 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
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