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Graduation / Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations, Graduate! You are receiving your degree or certificate.

The Metropolitan Community College Commencement Ceremony is held annually to recognize students who have graduated or will graduate during the current academic year (2022 Fall, 2022-2023 Winter, 2022-2023 Spring and 2023 Summer quarters).

At MCC, degree confirmation/graduation occurs at the end of each quarter and denotes the completion of a program of study. Degrees, certificates of achievement and career certificates are mailed to qualifying students approximately four to six weeks after the end of each quarter.  

Participation in the May commencement ceremony is optional.

2022-23 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Friday, May 19th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
UNO, Baxter Arena
2425 S. 67th St.
Omaha, NE 68106


*** Tickets are not needed and there is no limit to your number of guests. ***


How to participate in the may commencement ceremony

To ensure your name is listed in the Commencement Ceremony Program - your graduation application must be submitted by April 1st.  Your graduation application is submitted for the quarter in which you will be completing your program of study.

Students applying after April 1st - your name WILL NOT be listed in the Commencement Ceremony Program, however you may participate in the ceremony.

  1. Complete the graduation application. This is the only application you will need to submit to participate.
  • A graduation application is required to finalize the completion of your program of study, even if you choose not to participate in the ceremony.  
  • The graduation application is different than the commencement ceremony in May, which is optional.
  1. *Note - Students completing their program of study in 23/SS quarter must select the summer quarter graduation application, NOT the 22/SP quarter graduation application.
  2. Refer to your My Services account to ensure that the status states either Received or Under Review. You will also get an email confirmation once you have submitted your application. If you do not, then your application was not successfully submitted and you must apply again. The email confirmation will be the only communication piece you will receive regarding your graduation application.
  3. You may purchase your cap, gown and tassel at the MCC bookstores at one of the main campuses nearest to you (Fort, Elkhorn or South Campus) beginning mid April.  Specific dates of availability will be added in March.  Cap and gowns are black; tassel is blue. Graduates are required to wear a cap and gown to participate in the commencement ceremony. Cost for cap, gown and tassel will be listed by March.  To expedite the process, you may download a QR code from My Hub to your phone. To access your QR code, go to My Hub , log in and open your user drawer by clicking your initial or photo in the upper right-hand corner, then click the QR code symbol (Event Pass).  
  4. *Note - Caps & Gowns WILL NOT be available for pickup at the Baxter Arena.
  5. For questions about the graduation application process, please contact an academic advisor at any Student Services location, or call 531-622-2400 to make an appointment with an advisor, or visit the graduation application page.

Accessibility

  1. Graduates: Please reach out to the Disability Support Services Counselor Stephanie Albers at smalbers@mccneb.edu or 531-622-3841 by Monday, May 15th, to inform us if you need an accommodation.
  2. If guests need accommodations, please contact Baxter Arena at info@baxterarena.com
  3. ​For more information about Baxter Arena’s Accessibility Accommodations, visit their website.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MCC'S COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

The ceremony will be live-streamed this year. Please check the graduation webpage the week of the ceremony for the live stream address.

A professional photographer will be there to document the ceremony. A link will be posted on the webpage when pictures are made available for purchase.

When is the next ceremony?

2022-23 MCC Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 19th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
The ceremony is for graduates of the 2022-2023 academic year for the following quarters: 2022 Fall, 2022-23 Winter, 2022-23 Spring and 2023 Summer.

Do I need to register to walk?

Yes. You are registered when you purchase your cap and gown from the bookstore.

How do I order my cap and gown?

No advanced orders are required, caps and gowns are available at the MCC bookstores at one of the main campuses nearest to you (Fort, Elkhorn and South Campus) from mid April  through 12:00 noon, May 19th.  ***Caps and gowns WILL NOT be available for purchase at the arena. ***

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes, as long as it is tastefully done and contained to the top of the cap.

What can honor society members wear?

  • Members of Alpha Delta Omega, Kappa Beta Delta, National Technical Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa are eligible to wear the tassel, pin, sash/stole or medallion of their honor society.
  • Contact your honor society chapter for information on ordering. Please see the MCC Organizations webpage for contact information.

How will I know if I graduate with Honors?

  • To graduate with honors, a student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above in his/her program of study (degrees and certificates of achievement only).
  • Honor graduates will receive a gold honors medallion to wear during the ceremony. The medallions will be available for pick up at the ceremony check in at the arena the day of the event.

If you would like to guide us on the pronunciation of your name, you are most welcome!

  • Please complete the name pronunciation field on the graduation application. If you have already submitted the application and did not provide this information, please e-mail the Records office (records@mccneb.edu) the phonetic spelling of your name with your phone number.  A reader will contact you to verify pronunciation, if needed.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

A diploma cover is used for the ceremony. Diplomas, certificates of achievement and career certificates for each quarter are mailed four to six weeks after the end of the quarter the student is graduating from. For example, if a student has applied for graduation during the fall quarter, his/her diploma will not be mailed until after fall quarter. It is possible that the student has already received his/her diploma or certificate prior to the May commencement ceremony.

Where should my family, friends, and I park?

Please refer to the Baxter Arena parking map and utilize the street entrances suggested. It is highly recommended that you give yourself plenty of time to arrive and park.

Where do I get tickets?

Tickets are not needed.  There is no limit to your number of guests and there is open seating.

Will my family be able to take pictures?

  • Friends and family are not allowed onto the processional floor.
  • Professional photographers will take pictures of the graduates as they receive their awards.
  • Additional personal photos may be taken outside of the main arena floor.

What do I do the day of the ceremony?

  • Doors will open beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 7:00 p.m., wearing your gown, cap, and tassel. Wear the tassel over the right front of the cap.
  • Enter via the main entrance. You will be directed down the side hallway.
  • Once seated, graduates will remain in their seats until the end of the ceremony.
  • When your name is called,  the graduate will walk across the stage to a marked spot, stop and turn to the audience/photographer, then exit the stage.
  • A second photograph will be taken off-stage.
  • Graduates will then return to their seats until the end of the ceremony.
  • Graduates will recess out of the arena to Pomp & Circumstance and will be led directly to the exit.
  • Leave coats, purses and other personal items with your guests or family members. The College is not responsible for personal items.  The graduates WILL NOT be returning to the pre-ceremony staging area.

For further information about the commencement ceremony, please contact the Records Office at 531-MCC-2353 or records@mccneb.edu.

For GED graduation ceremony information, please contact:
Adult Basic Education, 531-MCC-2312

2023 Graduation streaming of live event:  The link will be posted the week of the ceremony.

2023 Commencement Ceremony photos:  The link will be posted the week following the ceremony.