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Commencement Ceremony

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.

Commencement Ceremony

Mott Community College holds commencement ceremonies once a year in the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center (formerly Perani Arena) at the end of the Winter semester. 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm. Graduation candidates must arrive before 1:30pm.

Cap and Gown Information

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.

Traditional Attire
Cap, Gown & Tassel $30.00
Extra Tassel 5.00
Graduation Announcements One dozen (free)
Honor Cords 12.00
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 18 - April 20th.
You can purchase your Cap, Gown & Tassel on the following days and times in Student Life:

Regalia Sale Hours
Mon - Wed April 18 - April 20 8:00am - 7:00pm
Thur - Fri April 21 - April 22 8:00am - 5:00pm
Mon - Fri April 25 - April 29 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat April 30 - Dort Event Center 12:00pm - 2:00pm CASH ONLY

At the sale, you will need your Student ID Card or current picture ID.
Full payment is due at the time of purchase. No exceptions.

Honors and Awards

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, April 28 from 6:30-7:30pm, location: TBA. 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:

  • 3.0 graduation with honors
  • 3.5 graduation with high honors
  • 4.0 graduation with highest honors


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.

Seating and Parking at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center

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.

Special Accommodations

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.

General Information

Commencement Ceremony Location:
Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center 3501 Lapeer Rd. Flint, MI
Arrival Time:
Graduation candidates need to arrive NO LATER than 1:30pm. There is NO rehearsal.
Assembly Location:
Proceed to the downstairs level of the arena. MCC staff will be present to direct the candidates in the commencement lineup.
Graduation candidates MUST wear traditional cap and gown.
There is no assigned seating, however Honors College and PTK graduates are invited, but not required, to be seated in the front rows.
Calling to the Stage:
Each candidate must have the yellow card sent in their graduation packet. The candidate's name is to be printed in LARGE BLOCK LETTERS on the back of the card. This card is used to announce you at the stage and to identify you to the photographer.
Degree/Certificate Presentation:
Only your name will be read at the stage; not your degree or certificate. The graduate is called to the stage only once, even if several degrees or certificates are conferred.

Commencement Speaker

Senator Gary Peters

2016 Commencement Speaker

Senator Gary Peters

Elected in 2014, Senator Gary Peters is honored to represent the State of Michigan in the U.S. Senate. Throughout his career in public service, Peters has been a strong, independent voice for Michigan’s middle class families and small businesses. He has focused on uniting our communities by fighting for the things that we all agree on—a stronger economy, good-paying jobs, affordable health care, a secure retirement and a fair chance for everyone to succeed.

Senator Peters was born in Pontiac, Michigan and has lived his entire life in Oakland County. His father was a World War II veteran and public school teacher, and his mother worked at a local nursing home where she organized her workplace as an SEIU union steward. Peters is a product of Michigan schools, graduating from Alma College where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, while working a full time job and raising a family, he went on to earn an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy, a law degree from Wayne State University Law School and an M.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University.

For more than 20 years, Peters worked as an investment advisor, helping families save for their retirement and provide for their children’s college education. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy Reserve at age 34, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and he volunteered again for drilling status after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Peters began his public service as a Rochester Hills City Councilman in 1991 before being elected to the Michigan State Senate and serving as the Michigan State Lottery Commissioner. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, Peters fought to ensure the survival of our local auto industry and worked to hold the bad actors on Wall Street that caused the recession accountable.

In the 114th Congress, Senator Peters serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Joint Economic Committee.

He and his wife, Colleen, live in Oakland County and have three children: Gary Jr., Madeleine and Alana.

After Graduation

MCC Alumni Association

Congratulations, you are a graduate and eligible to join the MCC Alumni Association!
Sign-up in the Alumni & Friends Registryto keep in touch with your classmates and MCC. There is no membership fee.

Remember, you will receive your degree or certificate by mail approximately 6 weeks after final grades are posted.

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