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 Federal Credit Union Event Center (formerly Perani Arena) at the end of the Winter semester.
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.
|Cap, Gown & Tassel||$30.00|
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"
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 2, 20197 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., location: The Whiting. 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.
Blu-Ray of CommencementPurchase deadline June 1st, 5:00pm
Take this opportunity to order a lasting keepsake of your college graduation.
Order your blu-ray copy of the full Commencement ceremony online or print/mail your order form. The discs are $15 each.
A portion of the proceeds will go to support the next generation of Mott Bears with scholarships.
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 Dort Federal Credit Union 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 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
2018 Commencement Speaker
State Representative Pam Faris
State Representative Pam Faris is currently serving her third term as Representative of the 48th Michigan House District, having been elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Before joining the Michigan House of Representatives, Faris was elected to the Mott Community College Board of Trustees. As a member of the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation and the Michigan Women’s Commission, Faris worked passionately to improve education and advance women’s health and equality policy throughout the state. Representative Pam Faris retired from the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, where she served as jury coordinator.
Representative Faris has been appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Committee during each of her three terms in office. Her experience in government, education and health policy led to her current appointments as Minority Vice-Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and as a member of the School Aid and Education and the General Government Appropriations Subcommittees. Representative Faris has also served as legislative co-chair of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund; Political Action Committee Chair of the Progressive Women’s Caucus; and a member of her caucus’ Great Lakes Task Force. She was appointed by the Speaker of the House to represent the Michigan House of Representatives this term as a member of the Health and Human Services Committees for both the Council of State Governments and the National Council of State Legislatures.
Representative Faris has an associate degree from Mott Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Baker College. Pam and her husband, John, are longtime residents of Clio. They have two children, Meghan and John, a daughter-in- law, Teresa, and two granddaughters, Madeline and Diana. Pam enjoys spending free time hosting family dinners, reading and gardening.