What You Need to Know About Graduation

What is a virtual ceremony?

A: The virtual ceremony is designed to keep all of MCC’s students, faculty and staff safe, while still providing an opportunity for each graduate to be recognized. Special messages from the college president and the provost have been pre-recorded, along with two student speeches. Program Deans will also be reading the names of each graduate. The ceremony will include traditional bag pipes, festive music and photos of faculty and flag processions from past ceremonies. The ceremony will conclude with special pre-recorded messages from faculty and staff. People are encouraged to follow along on the college’s social media channels during the celebration to learn facts about the graduates and congratulate them on their achievements.

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Is there going to be an in-person event?

A: Unfortunately, because COVID-19 is still a real threat to the health and safety of our community, it will not be possible to bring everyone together for an in-person ceremony. We will not however, let this opportunity to celebrate your success pass by. On May 27, at 10:00 a.m. MCC will hold a very special virtual celebration to honor this year’s graduates.

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When is the virtual ceremony happening?

A: The virtual ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021 with a photomontage starting at 9:30 a.m. and the official ceremony starting at 10:00 a.m.

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How can I watch the ceremony?

A:  The ceremony will air on Lowell’s local access station channel 8 and stream from their website at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. It will also premier on MCC's YouTube channel at the same time. Links to watch the ceremony will be posted on the college website. People are encouraged to follow along on the college’s social media channels to learn facts about the graduates. If you can’t watch the ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 27, don’t worry, you can view the video on the college website when it is convenient. The Commencement website will also feature video vignettes from a selection of graduates, printable posters and instructions for hosting your own virtual watch party, and a list of all graduate names, honors and awards

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Can my family and friends watch it too?

A: All anyone needs to watch the ceremony is an internet connection and a computer or mobile device. Share the following link with family and friends or host your own virtual watch party.

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Will all graduates names be read at the ceremony?

A:  All non-confidential graduates names and honors will be read at the ceremony. This includes whether you initially selected that you would attend the ceremony or not. If you selected on the graduation application that you prefer to remain confidential, your name will not be read. Please note: you must officially file the intent to graduate form with the Registrar's office to graduate. All students who submitted the form on or before April 30, will be included in the virtual ceremony.

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When can I get my diploma?

A:  To keep graduates and staff safe, this year, graduates will not be able to pick up their diploma from the Registrar’s Office. Instead, diplomas will be mailed to the home address the college has on file for each graduate, sometime after June 28, 2021.

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Am I getting a cap and gown?

A: All students who applied for graduation on or before April 30, will receive a special celebration box in the mail. This box will include a graduation cap and tassel. back to top

Am I getting my honor cord/stole?

A: Any 2021 graduate eligible to receive a cord or stole (for example: Commonwealth Honors, Veteran’s designation, etc…) will receive one via postal mail as soon as they are available. 

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Last Modified: 1/29/21