What You Need to Know About Graduation

Application Process

Students must complete a Graduation Application to be eligible to graduate. Click Here for the Graduation Application or pick it up in either the Bedford or Lowell Student Information Center.  Students can also apply by selecting the "Apply for Graduation" link directly from the portal.

Students must submit the completed application to either the Bedford or Lowell Student Information Center.

For more information about graduation applications, contact the Enrollment Management Center at 978-656-3393.

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Graduation Requirements

Students receive the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree when they have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least 60 semester hours or the minimum number of semester hours and courses required by a specific major program of study and the core curriculum.
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00.
  • Minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework completed at Middlesex Community College
  • Payment of all financial obligations.

Certificates require completion of specified coursework related to particular fields of employment or professional studies. Most of the credits earned in a certificate program may be applied toward an associate degree.

For information or questions regarding graduation eligibility, call the Assistant Registrar 978-656-3375.

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Graduation Honors

Candidates for the associate degree whose cumulative GPA is at least:

3.20 - Honors

3.50 - High Honors

3.70 - Highest Honors

  • To be eligible for graduation honors, students must earn a minimum 35 semester hours at Middlesex Community College.
  • Honors read at the Commencement ceremony are based on the graduate's GPA at the end of the Fall semester.

For more information or questions regarding Phi Theta Kappa or graduating with Honors, contact the Honors Program Department at 781-280-3553.

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Graduation Location/Cap & Gowns

Ceremony Location

Commencement exercises for the Middlesex Community College Class of 2018 will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St.

  • Graduates should arrive at the Auditorium by 8:30am
  • Graduates will begin the processional at 9:30am
  • If you arrive late, you will not be seated with your fellow graduates

Every graduate's name is announced during the ceremony. If you prefer a certain pronunciation of your name, contact the Multicultural Center at 978-656-3267.

Cap & Gown Pick-up

Caps, gowns, and invitations will be available May 6 through May 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the locations listed below.

Your cap and gown will be delivered to the campus that you selected on your graduation application. Due to the large number of eligible graduates this year, each graduate will receive up to 3 tickets when you pick up your cap and gown. Please inform your guests that they will need to submit their ticket in order to gain entrance to the ceremony. When you pick up your cap and gown you will also receive detailed instructions for the graduation ceremony.

Bedford Campus                                  Lowell Campus

Campus Center                                    Cowan Center Ground Floor

Room 217                                            (regalia distribution room inside the café)

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Important Telephone Numbers

For more information, contact the following offices:

  • Graduation application questions, call the Enrollment Communication Center 978-656-3393
  • Questions regarding graduation eligibility, call the Assistant Registrar 781-280-3625
  • Phi Theta Kappa questions, call the Honors Program Department 781-280-3553
  • Cap and gown information, call the Student Affairs Office 978- 656-3258
  • Accommodation requests (students and guests) call Disability Support 978-656-3251
  • Ticket information, call Chief Administrative Office 978-656-3106
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Last Modified: 2/14/19