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Preparing to Graduate

Graduation Process

MCCC automatically verifies degree readiness for all students who are matriculated in a degree program. After the end of a semester, a final certification that determines degree eligibility takes place. Students can submit a graduation application to have their progress reviewed. The submission deadline for review is one month prior to the end of the reporting term. Students who submit an application by the deadline and are missing requirements will be notified via email. Students will be notified via email when their degree or certificate is confirmed. Questions can be directed to

MCCC has three eligible terms for graduation: Fall, Spring and Summer.

You can check to see if your graduation has been posted by logging into your MyMercer student portal and viewing your unofficial transcript.

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate you must meet the following criteria:
  • The number of semester hours of credit as required by the program (usually 60 to 66).
  • Have reached the number of credits as required by the program (minimum of 60 college level credits for most programs).
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Have completed at least 15 credits at MCCC (six of these from courses at the 200 level)
  • Have satisfactory completion of all courses within 10 years of the date of intended graduation, (exceptions apply)
  • Be active in the degree or certificate program in which you are graduating

Click here for a complete view of Academic Policies regarding graduation.

Submit Review Request to Check Your Eligibility

If you’re close to completing all of the course requirements for your program of study, submit a Graduation Eligibility Review request (through your MyMercer student portal) to the Registrar’s Office to ensure you have everything completed and all of your pertinent records in order.

The deadline for submitting your Graduation Eligibility Review request is 7/18/24 if involving Summer classes.

Student Graduation Checklist

  • Academic requirements completed: Check transcript and your progress report in your student portal to confirm credit total, cumulative GPA and General Education requirements for completion.
  • Major requirements: Contact your Program Coordinator or Academic Advisor to confirm your program requirements have been met.
  • Holds: Check your portal to verify you have no active holds on your account and all financial obligations have been cleared.
  • Verify your name and address: Make sure your student information is up to date
  • Submit Graduation Application: Submit your graduation application via Student Self Service in your Student Portal prior to the submission deadline (one month before the end of the reporting term).

Student Responsibilities

Students earning multiple degrees or certificates, earning a second degree or certificate, completing a Reverse Transfer or plan on using CLEP credits should contact the Registrar’s Office to ensure inclusion in graduation.

Candidates who graduate, but have an outstanding financial obligation, will not receive their diploma or certificate.

It is recommended that a student meet with their academic advisor during their final semester to discuss degree completion to avoid unnecessary delays.

Course Waivers/Substitutions

Students expecting to earn a degree or certificate must complete the requirements of that degree or certificate as listed in the college catalog corresponding to their matriculation date. The waiver or substitution of any course requirements must be educationally justifiable and approved by the appropriate Program Coordinator and Division Dean. All documentation needs to be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office prior to the end of the term. Speak to your Program Coordinator if you are requesting a substitutions or waivers.

Deadlines for Demographic Changes

Confirmed graduates will receive an email specifying their current name and mailing address, as well as the deadline to make changes.

CLEP exams must be taken prior to the end of your anticipated last semester to be eligible to graduate within that semester.

If you are planning on received transfer credits to be counted towards your anticipated degree, please ensure that all documentation has been received prior to your anticipated last semester. If you do not see transfer credits on your records, please email

Note: Students who graduate, but have an outstanding financial obligation, will not receive their diploma or certificate until their obligation is met. Please email once your hold has been removed.

Your Diploma

Ordering Instructions and Name Appearing on Your Diploma

Students who have completed their degree will receive an email from the Registrar's Office within one week of the Commencement Ceremony with instructions and information about the diploma ordering process.

Students expecting to graduate are encouraged to verify the college has the correct name, address, and cell phone number on their student record.

If you wish to make a change to how your name is appearing on the diploma (as per the email you received), please notify the Office of the Registrar at by the deadline included in the email. You will be provided with a demographic change form and instructions on how to complete and return it.

Address for Physical Diploma Mailing

Diplomas will be mailed to the address on your file. If you need to update your address, please email to obtain a demographic change form. Demographic change forms must be returned by the deadline provided in the email you received. Diplomas mailed to an old address will not be re-issued and can only be forwarded once they are returned to us. MCCC is not responsible for lost or damaged documents that occur during mailing.

Re-issues and re-orders of diplomas incur a cost to be paid by the student.

Replacement/Duplicate Diplomas

Please inquire about the process for requesting a duplicate or replacement diploma by emailing Note: Not all requests can be fulfilled and are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Any duplicate request that is approved takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to be fulfilled and incurs a cost of $40 per diploma.


MCCC recognizes graduates with a yearly ceremony held each May. Graduates of all three terms are welcome to participate. For any information regarding this ceremony, please email

Note: You will not receive an actual diploma at the ceremony. Confirmation of degree completion will not take place until students have fulfilled their academic requirements and the Registrar has concluded the final certification process.