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MCCC Graduates in the Spotlight
MCCC Graduates in the Spotlight . . . more
Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.

 
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Commencement at MCCC Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.

Commencement exercises will be held in the West Windsor Campus Quadrangle at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2016. All students participating in the commencement ceremony need to be at their graduate assembly site by 5 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.

Tickets are not required for outdoor seating. Invitations are included in the information packet supplied to graduates which is mailed the first week of May.

For your safety and the safety of your guest we are asking you to kindly refrain from bring back packs and other bulky items to the ceremony.
Back packs and other bulky items will not be permitted in the graduation ceremony area. As you join us in celebration we ask that you leave backpacks and other bulky items behind.

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

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Outdoor Procedures

Students participating in the commencement ceremony should be present at their assembly sites no later than 5:00 p.m., dressed in their cap, gown and hood. Graduates will assemble outdoors between the Arts & Communication, Liberal Arts, Business & Technology or Math & Science buildings.

Your invitation is included in this packet, and tickets are not required for outdoor seating.

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Indoor Procedures
(in case of rain only)

In the event of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will take place in the gymnasium. The President will make the decision on the final location of the ceremony by 3:00 p.m. 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 total of three guest tickets have been included in this mailing to be utilized in the event of rain only.

Please note:

  • Only graduating students and one designated guest ticket holder will be permitted in the gymnasium lobby area by 4:45 p.m.
  • Two guest tickets are for seating in either the Kelsey Theatre or the Communication Building for a live, satellite broadcast of the commencement ceremony. Your guests must have a ticket to gain admission to either building.
  • Should you choose to have all of your guests seated in the same satellite viewing area, the gymnasium seating ticket may be used for admission to either building. Please make this decision in advance to reduce the amount of traffic in the gymnasium lobby area.

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 80/26/20.

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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. There is no measurement done, 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 & gown.

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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 be handed a diploma jacket. You will then shake hands with the College President, Dr. Jianping Wang, and the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Mark Matzen.

A photographer will take your picture while you are shaking hands with the President and when you step off of the 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 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 President Dr. Jianping Wang
(be seated)
Class Speaker Address TO BE ANNOUNCED
Honor Awards Dr. Richard Fulton, Acting 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 Marsha Stoltman, President of the Stoltman Group
Distinguished Teaching Award MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang will present the award.
Conferring of Degrees Graduates are asked to stand and proceed to the dais to individually receive their degrees.
President Wang will present the "CLASS OF 2016"

Graduates move "tassel" from right to left.

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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. Immediately following the ceremony, faculty and students are invited to the Student Center for a reception.

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Diplomas

FOR MAY 2016 GRADUATES ONLY: Graduates will receive a postcard 10-15 days after the ceremony, advising them of their graduation status and providing instructions on when diplomas will be available. Graduates will pick up their diplomas in the Enrollment Services office located on the second floor of the Student Center on the West Windsor Campus. A photo ID must be presented at time of pick-up.

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Final Grades

Final spring grades will be posted online on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 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 Bookstore, Library, Accounting Office, parking fines, etc.

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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 office of Special Services at (609) 570-3422, by Thursday, May 5th, 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.

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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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