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Graduation

Congratulations, Graduate! You are receiving your degree or certificate.

The Metropolitan Community College Commencement Ceremony is held annually to recognize students who have graduated or will graduate during the current academic year (fall, winter, spring and summer quarters).

At MCC, degree confirmation occurs at the end of each quarter and denotes the completion of a program of study. Degrees, certificates of achievement and career certificates are mailed approximately four to six weeks after the end of each quarter to qualifying students.

Participation in the May commencement ceremony is optional.

2021-22 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Friday, May 20th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
UNO, Baxter Arena
2425 S. 67th St.
Omaha, NE 68106


*** Note:  Masks are currently optional.   Please refer to this page prior to the ceremony for possible updates.  ***


How to participate in the may commencement ceremony

To ensure your name is listed in the Graduation Ceremony Program - graduation application must be submitted by April 1st.

Students applying after April 1st - your name WILL NOT be listed in the Graduation Ceremony Program, however you may participate in the ceremony.

  1. Complete the graduation application. This is the only application you will need to submit to participate.
  2. *Note - Students completing their program of study in 22/SS quarter must select the summer quarter graduation application, NOT the 21/SP quarter graduation application.
  3. Refer to your My Services account to ensure that the status states Received. You will also get an email confirmation as soon as you have submitted your application. If you do not, then your application was not successfully submitted and you must apply again. The email confirmation will be the only communication piece you will receive regarding graduation.
  4. You can purchase your cap and gown at the MCC bookstores at one of the main campuses nearest to you (Fort, Elkhorn or South Campus) from April 21st through May 20th. Cap and gowns are black; tassel is blue. Graduates are required to wear a cap and gown to participate in the commencement ceremony. Cost for cap, gown and tassel is $38. To expedite the process, you may download a QR code from My Hub to your phone. To access your QR code, go to My Hub , log in and open your user drawer by clicking your initial or photo in the upper right-hand corner, then click the QR code symbol (Event Pass).
  5. *Note - Caps & Gowns will NOT be available for pickup at the Baxter Arena.
  6. For questions about the graduation application process, please contact an academic advisor at any Student Services location, or call 531-622-2400 to make an appointment with an advisor, or visit the graduation application page.

Accessibility

  1. Graduates: Please reach out to the Disability Support Services Counselor Stephanie Albers at smalbers@mccneb.edu or 531-622-3841 by Monday, May 16th, to inform us if you need an accommodation.
  2. If guests need accommodations, please contact Baxter Arena at info@baxterarena.com
  3. ​For more information about Baxter Arena’s Accessibility Accommodations, visit their website.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MCC'S COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

The ceremony will be live-streamed this year. Please check the graduation webpage the week of the ceremony for the live stream address.

A professional photographer will be there to document the ceremony. A link will be posted on the webpage when pictures are made available for purchase.

When is the next ceremony?

2021-22 MCC Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 20th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
The Ceremony is for graduates of the 2021-2022 academic year for the following quarters: 2021 Fall, 2021-22 Winter, 2021-22 Spring and 2022 Summer.

Do I need to register to walk?

Yes. You are registered when you pick up your cap and gown from the bookstore.

How do I order my cap and gown?

No advanced orders required, caps and gowns are available at the MCC bookstores at one of the main campuses nearest to you (Fort, Elkhorn and South Campus) from April 21st through May 20th.

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes, as long as it is tastefully done and contained to the top of the cap.

What can honor society members wear?

  • Members of Alpha Delta Omega, Kappa Beta Delta, National Technical Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa are eligible to wear the tassel, pin, sash/stole or medallion of their honor society.
  • Contact your honor society chapter for information on ordering. Please see the MCC Organizations webpage for contact information.

How will I know if I graduate with Honors?

  • To graduate with honors, a student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above in his/her program of study (degrees and certificates of achievement only).
  • Honor graduates will receive a gold honors medallion to wear during the ceremony. The medallions will be available for pick up at the ceremony check in at the arena the day of the event.

If you would like to guide us on the pronunciation of your name, you are most welcome!

  • Please e-mail to Records (records@mccneb.edu) the phonetic spelling of your name or leave a phone number and a reader will call you to verify pronunciation.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

A diploma cover is used for the ceremony. Diplomas, certificates of achievement and career certificates for each quarter are mailed four to six weeks after the end of the quarter the student is graduating from. For example, if a student has applied for graduation during the fall quarter, his/her diploma will not be mailed until after fall quarter. It is possible that the student has already received his/her diploma or certificate prior to the May commencement ceremony.

Where should my family, friends, and I park?

Please refer to the Baxter Arena parking map and utilize the street entrances suggested. It is highly recommended that you give yourself plenty of time to arrive and park.

Will my family be able to take pictures?

  • Friends and family are not allowed onto the processional floor.
  • Professional photographers will take pictures of the graduates as they receive their awards.

What do I do the day of the ceremony?

  • Doors will open beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 7:00 p.m., wearing your gown, cap, and tassel. Wear the tassel over the right front of the cap.
  • Enter via the main entrance. You will be directed down the side hallway.
  • Once seated, graduates will remain in their seats until the end of the ceremony.
  • When the name is called, graduate will walk across the stage to a marked spot, stop and turn to the audience/photographer, then exit the stage.
  • A second photograph will be taken off-stage.
  • Graduates will then go back to assigned seats.
  • Students will recess out of the arena to Pomp & Circumstance. Students will be led directly to the exit.
  • Leave coats, purses and other personal items with your guests or family members. The College is not responsible for personal items.

For further information about the commencement ceremony, please contact the Records Office at 531-MCC-2353 or records@mccneb.edu.

For GED graduation ceremony information, please contact:
Adult Basic Education, 531-MCC-2312

2022 Graduation streaming of live event WATCH HERE
 

2022 Commencement Ceremony photos, LOOK HERE!