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Commencement Ceremony

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.

To take part in the Commencement Ceremony
you must Apply for Graduation Deadline: March 18

this includes those finishing classes in the Spring / Summer or Fall semesters

Commencement Ceremony

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.

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 5th at 2:00pm

Commencement Ceremony Location:

Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center 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.

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.

Traditional Attire
Cap, Gown & Tassel $30.00
Extra Tassel 5.00
Honor Cords 12.00
White cords: 3.0 "Graduation with honors"
Silver cords: 3.5 "Graduation with high honors"
Gold cords: 4.0 "Graduation with highest honors"

PTK attire worn by members in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa Stole $27.00
Phi Theta Kappa Tassel 10.00
Phi Theta Kappa Cords 18.00
PTK medallion worn by PTK officers

Graduation Apparel will be on sale in Student Life (Prahl College Center 1240) from April 25 - April 28th.
You can purchase your Cap, Gown & Tassel on the following days and times in Student Life:

Regalia Sale Hours
April 25 8:00am - 12:00pm
April 26 10:00am - 2:00pm
April 27 3:00pm - 7:00pm
April 28 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Full payment is due at the time of purchase. No exceptions.

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 3, 2017 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.

Family/Friend Seating and Parking


Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center 3501 Lapeer Rd. Flint, MI

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.

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.

Commencement Speaker

Dr. William F. Pickard, PhD

2017 Commencement Speaker

Dr. William F. Pickard, PhD

Dr. William F. Pickard, PhD is Chairman of Global Automotive Alliance, Co-Managing Partner, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO, Bearwood Management Company and co-owner of five black-owned newspapers.

Pickard’s Forty-five-year entrepreneurial career began as a McDonald’s franchisee in Detroit, Michigan. Since its founding in 1989, GAA has generated more than $5 billion dollars in sales with eight plants in the U.S. and Canada, and service corporations such as Boeing, Mercedes Benz, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Starbucks, Home Depot, and Merck Pharmaceutical.

He has served on numerous business and non-profit boards including Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, Michigan National Bank, LaSalle Bank, Business Leaders for Michigan, National Urban League, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In 2001, Pickard was awarded Michiganian of the Year for his business success, civic leadership and philanthropy. Pickard was the first chairman of the African Development Foundation in 1982, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and under President George Bush he was appointed to The National Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations (1990) the Federal Home Loan Bank Board-Indianapolis Bank in Indiana (1991).

Dr. Pickard is also creating a new generation of entrepreneurs with Millionaire Moves – Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship, vision/attitude, opportunity, relationships, talent/skillset, financial, failure and faith. Dr. Pickard will share his undeniable principles anyone can use to become a successful entrepreneur.

A proud alumnus of Mott Community College in 1962, Dr. Pickard also holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University, a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. In honor of Dr. Pickard, The William F. Pickard Living Center is named in his honor at Grand Valley State University.

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.
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 

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