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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.

Congratulations! You've made it!

Commencement Ceremony Information

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.

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.

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 4th 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.

Traditional attire is required for participation in commencement ceremonies. Graduates may purchase their caps and gowns at the Student Life Hub near the Bear Bistro the from of April 22 - April 27, 2019.

Traditional Attire
Item Cost
Cap, Gown & Tassel $30.00
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"


Graduation Apparel will be on sale in Student Life Hub near the Bear Bistro in from April 22rd - April 27th.
You can purchase your Cap, Gown & Tassel on the following days and times.

Regalia Sale Hours
Date Time
Monday, April 22nd 8:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday, April 23th 10:00am - 2:00pm
Wednesday, April 24th 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, April 25th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday, April 26th 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, April 27th 10:00am - 2:00pm

Payment methods accepted are cash, credit/debit card, and check. Full payment is due at the time of purchase. No exceptions.

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


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.

Family/Friend Seating and Parking

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 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

Samantha Pascal

2019 Commencement Speaker

Samantha Pascal

In 2010, Samantha Pascal was living in Haiti when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated her home country. Samantha sustained severe life-threatening injuries and lost her mother as part of the earthquake’s aftermath.

For days, Samantha survived on crumbled streets, sleeping on filthy mattresses and surrounded by dead bodies. She had to endure surgery without the benefit of anesthesia because the supply had run out.

Samantha’s father lived in the United States, working as a Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy. He sent money back to her and their family every two weeks so they could have a better life. Following the earthquake, he voyaged to Haiti to locate his daughter, buoyed by the generosity and support of the Sheriff’s Department, local businesses and churches, and community leaders. Samantha’s father ultimately found her and brought her to the United States via air ambulance.

Arriving in her new home of Flint, Samantha, who spoke two languages, worked hard to learn a third—English. She excelled at doing so, eventually graduating with honors in 2011 from Grand Blanc High School. The following year she began at Mott Community College, where she achieved further academic and student success as a member of MCC’s Honors College. She also participated in the TRiO program and worked as a French tutor in the foreign language lab.

In 2015, Samantha was accepted and transferred to Columbia University, where she recently graduated. While at Columbia, she was a Program for Academic Leadership and Services (PALS) scholar and helped build community at her school. Recognizing the need for access to education in the third world, Samantha helped design Education Outreach, a program to supplement the educational system in Mali.

Samantha is currently a Community Fellow with Immigrant Justice Corps, providing critical high quality legal assistance to the Haitian immigrant community in Brooklyn. She is a shining example of what it means to be #LIFELONGMOTTSTRONG!

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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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