Commencement

Congratulations Potential Graduates!

Commencement is when we celebrate your hard work and dedication. We're proud to recognize your achievements with you and your families.

Note: To participate in the commencement ceremony, you must have completed the graduation application through myMCC, marked "yes" you will attend commencement and ordered your cap and gown by April 1. See www.mchenry.edu/graduation for details.

Getting Ready for the Big Day

  • Cap, Gown and Tickets

    Your regalia will be delivered to MCC. Pick up regalia (cap and gown) and tickets in the Student Life Office, A252, Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5.

    Student Life is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • Last day for pickup is Friday, May 5 by noon
    • Photo identification is required

    Graduation Regalia: Student caps and gowns are mandatory for the ceremony. Iron your gown on a low setting or hang to reduce wrinkles before the ceremony.

    Phi Theta Kappa members can purchase stoles in the Registration Office, A258, during regular business hours from May 1 through May 5, at a cost of $15.

    Tickets: You will receive three tickets for guest seating in the Multi-Purpose Room/Gym when you pick up your cap and gown (tickets will not be mailed). Please Note: In the event extra tickets become available, we will post a notice on myMCC beginning Monday, May 8. No extra tickets can be given out prior to May 8.

  • Commencement Rehearsal

    A rehearsal of the ceremony will be held on Friday, May 12 at noon in the Multi-Purpose Room/Gym. Dress for rehearsal is casual, you do not need to wear your cap and gown. Pizza will be served!

The Day of the Ceremony

  • Schedule
    • Graduate Check-in: 9 a.m. in Commons area in Building B. Pick up your name card, along with Honor, Veteran, and Volunteer cords (if applicable).
    • Guest Seating: begins at 9 a.m. Tickets are required for guest seating in the Multi-Purpose Room/Gym during the ceremony. Additional guest seating will be available in the Luecht Conference Center and other overflow rooms to view the ceremony.
    • Ceremony: 10 a.m. The ceremony will last approximately one hour. Graduates and guests are expected to remain through the conclusion as a courtesy to other graduates and guests.
    • Reception: join us in the Commons area following the ceremony.

Special Needs: If you, or a guest, require special assistance (i.e. wheelchair access), please contact us at (815) 479-7654.

Professional Photography and Videography: Professional photos will be taken of each graduate before and during the ceremony. Empire Photography will email you color proofs for purchase within two weeks after graduation.

MCC will be digitally recording this event. DVD’s of the ceremony will be mailed to potential graduates two to three weeks following the ceremony.

Your Diploma: When you cross the stage, you will receive a diploma cover. Be sure to keep it. Your official degree or certificate will be mailed to you eight to twelve weeks from the end of the semester if all graduation requirements have been met.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at (815) 479-7654.