Summer graduates may request a Commencement Appeal due to extenuating circumstances that prevent the graduate from attending the following year’s commencement ceremony.

Commencement Appeal Form

Prepare for your Future!

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.

Congratulations! You've made it!

Our commencement ceremony is held once a year in the Dort Financial Event Center (formerly Perani Arena) at the end of the Winter semester.

The Event Center has instituted required bag checks for everyone entering the arena. Our Public Safety will be conducting these as quickly as possible, but there will be delay in entering the facility. Please plan accordingly and also remember lines into the parking lot will be long as well.

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 2:00pm

Commencement Ceremony Location:

Dort Financial Event Center 3501 Lapeer Rd. Flint, MI

Commencement will be Live Streamed

Arrival Time:

Graduation candidates need to arrive NO LATER than 12:30pm. 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:

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.

Traditional attire is required for participation in commencement ceremonies. Graduates may purchase their caps and gowns at the Student Life Center starting April 21, 2024.

Traditional Attire
Item Cost
Cap, Gown & Tassel $35.00
Extra Tassel 5.00
Honor Cords 12.00

Honor Cords designation by color
White cords: 3.0 - 3.4999 "Graduation with honors"
Silver cords: 3.5 - 3.999 "Graduation with high honors"
Gold cords: 4.0 "Graduation with highest honors"

Regalia Sale Hours

Cap & Gown Sales starts on April 21, 2024! You can purchase your cap and gown in the Student Life Center (Main Campus - CM 1129).

  • Monday, April 21st 2024 — 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 22nd 2024 — 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 23rd 2024 — 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, April 24th 2024 — 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Friday, April 25th 2024 — 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Saturday, April 26th 2024 — 9:00am - 1:00pm

Graduate Honor Reception — Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

Eligible graduates who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher in their studies will be invited to a college-wide Graduate Honors Reception to be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Students who qualify receive an invitation from the Office of the Student Academic Success 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
You've made it!

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.

Contact Information: Call Photography (734) 449-2467 or email [email protected].

This year the Event Center has instituted required bag checks for everyone entering the arena. Our Public Safety will be conducting these as quickly as possible, but there will be delay in entering the facility. Please plan accordingly and also remember lines into the parking lot will be long as well.


Dort Financial Event Center 3501 Lapeer Rd. Flint, MI

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

All parking at Dort Financial Event Center is FREE for the Graduation ceremony.

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 and email [email protected] so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

2024 Commencement Speaker
Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea
Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea became the seventh president of Mott Community College in August 2014. She has served for ten years as a champion and fighter for our College and this community that resulted in her being named the “2023 Community College CEO of the Year '' by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Leading with grace, determination, and grit, Dr. Beverly has worked together with the MCC family of faculty, staff, administrators, and students to chart the College’s preferred future which is “Mott Strong.” Together, MCC established an inclusive welcoming environment that promotes a commitment to student, employee and community success. The College has transformed through implementing new resources and student support programming, hiring student success coaches, restructuring student completion pathways, strategically reducing enrollment and retention barriers, offering low cost study abroad opportunities, providing academic programming at the Thumb Correctional Facility, maintaining an A+ Bond rating, creating inclusive spaces and facilities, developing a College Master Plan, opening the downtown MCC Culinary Arts Building and the on-campus Lenore Croudy Family Life Center, establishing public/private partnerships for unique funding streams, custom designing and building the MCC Mobile Learning Lab, implementing unique collegewide inclusive measures and hosting a local radio show as well as continually partnering with businesses, nonprofits and education institutions to deliver excellent academic and workforce opportunities. Under Dr. Beverly’s tenure, Mott Community College has maintained the legacy of serving Flint and Genesee County as a stable foundation, anchor for the region and a safe haven for MCC students.

MCC’s influence extends beyond Flint and Genesee County, and has been featured on state and national stages, during her tenure, on many occasions. One example is Mott Community College’s continued recognition by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program as one of America’s top community colleges for student success four times since 2014.

Dr. Beverly is the first female and first African American president in Mott Community College’s 100-year history. She is committed to academic excellence, student access and success, dynamic industry partnerships, and significantly impacting local economies. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, she holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Radio, Television and Film: News and Public Affairs from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In recognition of her many accomplishments, Dr. Beverly was recognized as a 2022 Texas Woman's University Distinguished Alumna and Distinguished Alumna by Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 2019. She was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Diversity Hall of Fame in October 2022 and the Genesee Regional Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Congratulations, you are a graduate and eligible to join the MCC Alumni Association!
Sign-up in the Alumni & Friends Registry to 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.

Your degree will take you farther at a 4-year university/college.

With our partnerships and transfer agreements with universities/colleges, your completed degree credits transfer towards your Bachelor's Degree.

 Transfer Information