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Commencement at MCCC Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

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Due to the forecast for thunderstorms this afternoon, MCCC Commencement ceremonies have moved indoors to the Physical Education Building (PE).

Please note the following protocols for an indoor ceremony:

  • Each graduate will be allowed one ticketed guest in the gymnasium (PE). Other guests may watch the ceremony in Kelsey Theatre (TH) and the Communications Building (CM) via live broadcast.

  • Graduates should arrive at the gymnasium by 5 p.m.

  • Guests with tickets must be seated by 5:20 p.m.

  • No strollers or balloons will be allowed in the gymnasium. Space to store strollers will be provided.

Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

Students should be present with appropriate attire at the assembly site by no later than 5 p.m., dressed in their cap, gown, and hood.

Invitations are included in the information packet supplied to graduates which is mailed the first week of May.

Commencement Attire

Caps and gowns are being distributed by the West Windsor Campus Bookstore. No pre-measurement was done. ALL graduates are to visit the bookstore during normal operating hours PRIOR TO MAY 16th to pick up their caps and gowns. Measurement will be done on-the-spot, there is no additional charge for this service, and the attire is yours to keep.

If you do not pick up your cap and gown by May 16th they may no longer be available. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Commencement Assembly, Processional, and Program

All graduates will assemble at assigned areas outdoors according to their program major (see map and Commencement line-up list). Graduates are asked to report to their assigned areas no later than 5 p.m. Graduates will line up two by two. This double line of graduates will process in front of the Communications Building, down the stairs, up the center aisle and to your seats in rows directly behind the faculty.

A double-sided yellow index card will be included in your Commencement information packet. PLEASE FILL OUT THE CARD COMPLETELY AND LEGIBLY, AND BRING IT WITH YOU TO THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. 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 be handed a diploma jacket. You will then shake hands with the College President, Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, and the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Gwendolyn Harris.

A photographer will take your picture when you are shaking hands with the President and when you step off stage. PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR SEAT AND REMAIN THERE UNTIL ALL GRADUATES HAVE RECEIVED THEIR DIPLOMA JACKETS 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 will be confined to designated areas.

The Commencement Ceremony for 2014 is nearing, and we are already inundated with phone calls for additional information. My solution would be to have a link from Mercer’s homepage (Commencement Ceremony FAQ’s) taking prospective graduates to the information page which is already online.

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 President Dr. Patricia C. Donohue
(be seated)
Class Speaker Address TO BE ANNOUNCED
Honor Awards Dr. Donald Generals, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will ask those graduating "with honors" to stand -- first highest, then high and honors graduates. Remain standing until all are recognized.
Commencement Address TO BE ANNOUNCED
Distinguished Teaching Award MCCC President Dr. Patricia C. Donohue will present the award.
Conferring of Degrees Graduates are asked to stand and proceed to the dais.

President Donohue will present the "CLASS OF 2014"
Graduates move "tassel" from right to left.

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FOR MAY 2014 GRADUATES ONLY: Diplomas will not be available on Commencement Day. May graduates will receive a postcard 10 to 14 days after the Commencement ceremony, instructing them to pick up their diplomas by reporting to Enrollment Services, located on the second floor of Student Center on the West Windsor Campus, with a photo ID.

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Final Grades

Spring final grades will be posted online on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. 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 obligations to the College such as the Bookstore, Library, Accounting Office, parking fines, etc.

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Students With Special Needs

Graduates who need assistance for commencement (seating, processional, etc.) or who have a disability which would prohibit them from walking across the stage, please call the Office of Student Life & Leadership (609) 570-3435, by Monday, May 12th 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 arrival on campus, Thursday, May 22, 2014.

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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.

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