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Commencement Ceremony 2022

Friday, May 20 - 5:30 p.m.
 

Commencement To Be Held Indoors

The College continues to prioritize the safety of our students, guests, faculty, and staff.
Due to the forecasted weather, Commencement will be held in the Gymnasium (PE).

Students and guests should be aware of the following:
  • Each student was provided one ticket in the event of an indoor event. Please make sure the ticket is given to the guest who will be seated in the gym.
  • Guests without tickets may view the event via live stream from the Kelsey Theater (TH), MCCC Conference Center Auditorium (MC), and Communications Building (CM), rooms 107-109.
  • Pack light, as bags will be checked prior to gymnasium entry.
  • Facial masks/coverings will be required in indoor spaces.

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Wednesday, May 18 - 6 to 8 p.m.
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Funeral Service Commencement
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Honors Convocation Ceremony
Friday, May 20 - 3 to 4 p.m.
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2022 MCCC Commencement
Friday, May 20 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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Commencement exercises will be held in the West Windsor Campus Quadrangle at 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2022. All students participating in the commencement ceremony must be at their graduate assembly site by 5 p.m., dressed in their cap, gown and hood.

Tickets are not required for outdoor seating. Invitations are included in the information packet distributed to graduates when they pick up their cap and gowns in the MCCC bookstore.

For your safety and the safety of all of our families and guests, we request you kindly refrain from bringing backpacks and other bulky items to the ceremony. These items will not be permitted in the graduation ceremony area.


Please review these instructions carefully.
      Your compliance will ensure that this distinctive ceremony is conducted with esteem and dignity.

COVID-19 Precaution Policy for This Event

To promote a safe, celebratory experience, all students, faculty, staff, visitors and administrators will be required to self-monitor for signs/symptoms of COVID-19.

The College encourages vaccination and boosters to promote a safe community.

Unvaccinated attendees are encouraged to wear a mask to protect themselves and others.


Outdoor Procedures

Students participating in the commencement ceremony should be present at their assembly sites no later than 5 p.m., dressed in their cap, gown and hood. Graduates will assemble outdoors (Refer to the Commencement Line-Up List)


Indoor Procedures

(in case of rain or Heat Advisory ONLY)

In the event of a Heat Advisory and/or inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will take place in the gymnasium. Face masks will be required, and attendees should supply their own. The College President will make the decision on the final location of the ceremony by 12 noon that day. If you are uncertain of the location, please call Security at (609) 570-3503 or the office of Student Life & Leadership at (609) 570-3435. The information will also be available on this website and the College's Facebook page.

All graduates are to report directly to the gymnasium robed in proper commencement attire by 4:45 p.m. and sit in the area designated for graduates. There will not be a procession. A guest ticket has been included in this mailing to be utilized in the event of rain only.

Please note:

The event will also be broadcast live on MCCC's Channel 80/26/20.


Commencement Attire

Caps and gowns are being distributed by the West Windsor Campus Bookstore. ALL graduates are to visit the bookstore during normal operating hours from May 2 through May 18. Individual measurements are not required. You simply need to give them your height, and the attire is yours to keep. Your Student ID card must be presented to receive your cap and gown.


Commencement Assembly, Processional, and Program

All graduates are to assemble at their assigned outdoor areas according to program major. Graduates are asked to report to their assigned areas no later than 5:00 p.m. Graduates will lineup two by two. This double line of graduates will process in front of the Communication Building, down the stairs, and up the center aisle to seats in rows directly behind the faculty. Tassels should be on the right side of your cap. Graduates will join the processional march after the faculty.

A double-sided yellow index card has been included in this mailing. Please fill out the card completely and legibly and bring it with you on the night of graduation. During the ceremony, you will hand your card to the reader as you approach the stage area. After submitting the card, you will cross the stage and receive a diploma jacket. You will then greet the Acting College President, Barbara Basel, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mark Matzen.

A photographer will take your picture while you are greeting the President and when you step off of the stage. Once you are off the stage, a staff member will collect the diploma jacket. Please return to your seat and remain there until all graduates have had their photos taken and the full ceremony is over. Ushers will be on hand to direct you through the procedure. Because the ceremony is televised, family picture taking is confined to designated areas.

Please Note:  DO NOT bring large pocketbooks, cases, cameras, etc., to carry in the procession, as they will bulge under the gown. You will not be able to leave these items in the assembly areas. It is suggested that high heel shoes not be worn, as they will sink into the grassy area in the quadrangle.

 

TASSELS SHOULD BE ON THE RIGHT OF YOUR CAP. Graduates will join the processional march after the faculty.

 

Program Order:  National Anthem Remain standing.
Remarks MCCC Acting President Barbara Basel
(be seated)
Class Speaker Address Madelaine Benowitz (A.A., Education)
Honor Awards Dr. Robert Schreyer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will ask those graduating "With Honors" to stand - first Highest Honors, then High Honors, and then Honors graduates. Honors graduates are to remain standing until all are recognized.
Commencement Address Dr. Aamir A. Rehman; Board Chair, MCCC Foundation  [bio]
Distinguished Teaching Award MCCC Acting President Barbara Basel will present the award.
Conferring of Degrees Graduates are asked to stand and proceed to the dais to individually receive their degrees.
Acting President Barbara Basel will present the "CLASS OF 2022"

Graduates move tassel from right to left.

 


LIVESTREAMS

Commencement

Honors Convocation


Recessional

After the ceremony, all faculty and students stand and will remain standing for the recessional. The platform party leads the recessional. As the last member of the platform party passes the first row of faculty, the faculty will follow behind them and so forth for the remainder of the faculty rows. In the same manner, the student rows will follow behind the previous row until all have left the Quadrangle. You are to continue in the recessional until the last row reaches the Student Center.


Diplomas -- May 2022 Graduates Only

Details coming soon.


Final Grades

Final spring grades have been posted online. Any uncompleted course work or late grades could prevent you from receiving your degree. Your diploma will not be released if you have any outstanding fines or monetary obligations to the College such as Bookstore, Library, Accounting Office, parking fines, etc.


Students With Special Needs

Graduates needing assistance (seating, processional, etc.) or who have a disability which prohibits them from walking across the stage, please contact the Center for Inclusion, Transition and Accessibility at (609) 570-3422 by Monday, May 2 so that special arrangements can be made.

Handicapped seating areas will be available for guests. Those who require special parking assistance should inform Security personnel immediately upon their arrival on campus.


MCCC is Smoke-Free

Mercer County Community College is a smoke-free institution and, as such, smoking on campus grounds is prohibited outside of personal vehicles. On the day of Commencement, the policy will be strictly enforced. Please advise your guests prior to their arrival, as visitors who refuse to comply with this policy may be escorted off of the College premises by security staff.