Commencement Ceremony

Photos by James and Renee Harvey
The Commencement ceremony is an opportunity for MCC to pay special tribute to its graduates for the outstanding efforts they have shown in earning their degree or certificate.

Academic Affairs

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Phone: 810-762-0237
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Commencement Ceremony

Mott Community College holds commencement ceremonies once a year in the Perani Arena at the end of the Winter semester. 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 2 at 2:00pm. Graduation candidates must arrive before 1:30pm.

Cap and Gown Information

Traditional attire is required for participation in commencement ceremonies. Graduates may purchase their caps and gowns through the Student Life Office PCC1240 in the weeks prior to Commencement.
  • White cords: 3.0 "Graduation with honors"
  • Silver cords: 3.5 "Graduation with high honors"
  • Gold cords: 4.0 "Graduation with highest honors"
  • PTK stole worn by members in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa
  • PTK medallion worn by PTK officers
Cap, Gown & Tassel $30.00   Graduation Apparel will be on sale in Student Life (Prahl College Center 1240) from April 22nd thru May 2nd.
You can purchase your Cap, Gown & Tassel on the following days and times in Student Life:
Regalia and Announcement Sale Hours
Mon - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Late Hours:
Tuesday, April 27th 10:00am - 7:00pm
Monday, April 28th 10:00am - 7:00pm
Commencement Day at Perani Arena
Saturday, May 2nd 12:00pm - 2:00pm (cash only)

At the sale, you will need your Student ID Card or current picture ID.
Full payment is due at the time of purchase. No exceptions.
Honor Cords $12.00  
Extra Tassel $  5.00  
Phi Theta Kappa Stole $27.00  
Phi Theta Kappa Tassel $10.00  
Phi Theta Kappa Cords $18.00  

Honors and Awards

Graduate Honors Reception
Eligible graduates who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher in their studies will be invited to a college-wide Graduate Honors Reception which will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:30-7:30pm, at the Genesys Conference & Banquet Center. Students who qualify receive an invitation from the Office of the Academic Affairs Vice-President. Invited grads, families and friends must RSVP as tickets are limited. Graduates will receive their honors pins and those earning an Associate degree with a 4.0 GPA along with the Paul Karr and Phil Braun award winners will be recognized during the ceremony.

Paul Karr Award
The Paul Karr Award is awarded each year to the graduate chosen to represent the class as its best citizen on the basis of scholarship based on number of credits and GPA, character and service. This honor is noted on the student’s permanent record.

Phil Braun Award
Recognition is awarded each year to the graduate most outstanding in scholarship. This honor is noted on the student‘s permanent record.

Graduation with Honors Designations
Students graduating with a cumulative 3.0 – 4.0 GPA will receive one of the following notations
on their Associates Degree transcript:

  • 3.0 graduation with honors
  • 3.5 graduation with high honors
  • 4.0 graduation with highest honors


A photographer will be present at the graduation ceremony to take photos before the ceremony and when you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. The company will send you information about ordering photos shortly after the ceremony.

Seating and Parking at Perani Arena

Please advise your family and friends to arrive early. NO tickets are required and there is NO reserved seating. Doors open at 12:30pm.

All parking at Perani Arena is FREE for the Graduation ceremony.


Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations such as a stage ramp for a physical disability, or an interpreter for the deaf, please call (810) 762-0237 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

General Information

Commencement Ceremony Location:
Perani Sports Arena 3501 Lapeer Rd. Flint, MI
Arrival Time:
Graduation candidates need to arrive NO LATER than 1:30pm. There is NO rehearsal.
Assembly Location:
Proceed to the downstairs level of the arena. MCC staff will be present to direct the candidates in the commencement lineup.
Graduation candidates MUST wear traditional cap and gown.
There is no assigned seating, however Honors College and PTK graduates are invited, but not required, to be seated in the front rows.
Calling to the Stage:
Each candidate must have the yellow card sent in their graduation packet. The candidate's name is to be printed in LARGE BLOCK LETTERS on the back of the card. This card is used to announce you at the stage and to identify you to the photographer.
Degree/Certificate Presentation:
Only your name will be read at the stage; not your degree or certificate. The graduate is called to the stage only once, even if several degrees or certificates are conferred.

Commencement Speaker

Congressman Dan Kildee

2015 Commencement Speaker - Congressman Dan Kildee

Dan Kildee never stops fighting for Michigan. He knows what can be accomplished when we work together and focus on the things that really matter – jobs, a brighter future for our children and security for our parents in their retirement.

Dan has always believed that our government should be working for the people to create opportunity for all Michiganders and Americans. In Congress, despite continued partisan gridlock, he’s been a powerful force for cities like Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. In just his first months in Congress, he brought back $100 million to Michigan to help remove blighted and abandoned homes in cities like Flint, Saginaw and Detroit. He’s also championed bills to help revitalize our state’s manufacturing sector, helping to create high-skilled, high- wage jobs in Michigan that can support a family. He’s also supported the ‘Make it in America’ agenda to give tax breaks to businesses that create jobs here, in Michigan – not overseas.

In Congress, Dan has taken on several committee assignments, including on both the Budget Committee and the House Financial Services Committee. In the Democratic Caucus, he also serves as an Assistant Whip and a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Previously as County Treasurer, Dan worked to create the Genesee County Land Bank, a first of its kind in the nation. Since its creation, it has helped to keep thousands of families in their homes by preventing foreclosures, giving every family an opportunity to be successful. Immediately before Congress, he also founded and served as the president of the Center for Community Progress, which continues to help transform vacant and blighted areas into vibrant and stronger neighborhoods. Across the country, Dan’s land bank model has helped to inspire almost 100 other cities to start similar models to help create opportunity and foster development.

Dan is a lifelong Michigan resident. He and his wife of 26 years, Jennifer, currently reside in Flint Township.  Dan has two children currently in college, Kenneth at the University of Michigan-Flint and Katy at Central Michigan University. Dan’s oldest son Ryan and his wife Ginger are the parents of Dan’s first and only grandchild, Caitlin.

After Graduation

MCC Alumni Association

Congratulations, you are a graduate and eligible to join the MCC Alumni Association!
Sign-up in the Alumni & Friends Registryto keep in touch with your classmates and MCC. There is no membership fee.

Remember, you will receive your degree or certificate by mail approximately 6 weeks after final grades are posted.

For More Information
  • For questions regarding the commencement ceremonies, contact Jennifer Kroninger at (810) 762-0237 or
  • Check with any other questions.