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Commencement at MCCC Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 5:30 p.m.

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Commencement exercises will be held in the West Windsor Campus Quadrangle at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012. All students participating in the commencement ceremony need to be at their graduate assembly site by 5 p.m.

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

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Outdoor Procedures

Students should be present with appropriate attire at the assembly site by no later than 5 p.m., dressed in their pre-fitted cap, gown, and hood. Graduates will assemble outdoors between the Arts and Communication, Liberal Arts, Business and Technology, and Math and Science buildings (see map and Commencement line-up list).

Do not bring large pocketbooks, cases, cameras, etc. to carry in the procession. They will bulge under the gown and you will not be able to leave them in the assembly areas, as there will be no security.

Tickets are not required for outdoor seating. Invitations are included in the information packet supplied to graduates.

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Indoors Procedures
(in case of rain only)

In the event of inclement weather, this year's commencement ceremony will be held in the gymnasium in the PE Building. A decision to move the graduation indoors will be made by 12 noon on Thursday, and posted on the college website, digital signs, and MCCC cable channel. If you are uncertain of the location, please call Security at (609) 570-3503 or Student Activities (609) 570-3435.

Graduates will report directly to the gymnasium, robed in commencement attire by 4:45 p.m. and sit in the area assigned for graduates. There will not be a procession for graduates.

Only graduating students and designated "guest" ticket holders will be permitted to enter the gymnasium lobby area at 4:45 p.m.

A total of THREE GUEST TICKETS per graduate will be issued in the event of RAIN.

  • Only ONE GUEST TICKET per graduate will be accepted for gymnasium seating.

  • The other TWO GUEST TICKETS are for seating in either the Kelsey Theatre or Communications Building for satellite, live viewing of the ceremony.

PLEASE DO NOT MISPLACE THESE TICKETS. You must have a ticket to gain admission to the gym or other buildings.

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

Should you choose to have all your guests seated in the same satellite viewing area, you may use the gymnasium seating ticket for either the Kelsey Theatre or Communications Building. Please make this decision in advance to help reduce traffic in the lobby of the gymnasium.

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Commencement Attire

Student Life & Leadership DID NOT measure prospective graduates for their caps and gowns this year. We will, however, be fitting ALL graduates on the days and times listed below. In addition to the caps and gowns, rain tickets will be available for pickup at this time. The attire will be yours to keep.

WHERE: Student Center (SC) hallway, in front of the Cafeteria entrance.

Monday, May 21   10 a.m. UNTIL 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22 10 a.m. UNTIL 8 p.m.

If you do not pick up your cap and gown by 8 p.m. on May 22, they will no longer be available.


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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.

Each student will be given an index card when assembling for the commencement processional. You will be asked to clearly print your full name on this card. 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. You will be given a diploma jacket and then you will shake hands with the College President, Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, and the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Mark Matzen.

A photographer will take your picture when you are shaking hands with the President and when you step off stage. PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR INITIAL SEAT AND REMAIN UNTIL ALL GRADUATES HAVE RECEIVED THEIR DIPLOMAS AND THE FULL CEREMONY IS COMPLETE. Ushers will direct you through the procedure. Because the ceremony is televised, family picture taking will be confined to designated areas.

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 Norman Glover
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 Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
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 to individually receive their degrees.

President Donohue will present the "CLASS OF 2012"
Graduates move "tassel" from right to left.

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After the ceremony all faculty and students will stand and remain standing for the recessional. The platform party will lead 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. Continue in the recessional until the last row reaches the Student Center. Immediately following the ceremony, all faculty and students are invited to the Student Center for the reception.

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FOR MAY 2012 GRADUATES ONLY: Diplomas will not be available on Commencement Day. This year, May graduates will receive a postcard 10 to 14 days after graduation, instructing them to pick up their diploma by reporting to Enrollment Services, in the Student Center, with a photo ID.

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Final Grades

Spring final grades will be posted online on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. 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, or have a disability which would prohibit them from walking across the stage) should call the Student Activities Office (609) 570-3435, by Monday, May 14th so that special arrangements can be made.

Handicapped seating areas will be available for guests. Those who need special parking assistance should inform Security Personnel immediately upon arrival on campus, Thursday, May 24, 2012.

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

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