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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 complete the graduation application through myMCC, mark "yes" you will attend commencement, and order your cap and gown by November 1. See for details.

Getting Ready for the Big Day

  • Cap, Gown and Tickets

    Your pre-ordered regalia will be delivered to MCC. Pick up regalia (cap and gown) and tickets in the Office of Student Affairs, A252, Monday, December 3 through Thursday, December 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • Last day for pickup is December 7 by 4:30 p.m.
    • Photo identification is required
    • Phi Theta Kappa members can purchase stoles in the Registration Office, A258, December 3 through 7, during regular business hours at a cost of $15.

    Graduation Regalia: Student caps and gowns* are mandatory for the ceremony. If you did not pre-order your cap and gown, you will need to purchase them in the MCC Bookstore beginning Monday, December 3. Note: the Bookstore will not be open Saturday, December 15.

    Bookstore hours are:

    Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed

    *Iron your gown on a low setting or hang to reduce wrinkles before the ceremony.

    Tickets: You will receive three tickets for guest seating in the gym when you pick up your cap and gown (tickets will not be mailed). In the event that extra tickets become available, we will post a notice on myMCC beginning Monday, December 3. No extra tickets can be given out prior to December 3.

  • Commencement Rehearsal

    A rehearsal of the ceremony will be held on Friday, December 14 at noon in the 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 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) 479-7547.

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 digitally record this event and it will be available for viewing via live stream the day of the ceremony at and on YouTube 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 Student Affairs at (815) 479-7547.