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Commencement Ceremony Information

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Save the Date for 2021 Commencement: 05.13.2021

We have exciting news regarding MCC’s 2021 Commencement ceremony! Due to changes in COVID-19 protocols, we are happy to announce that each graduate will be able to invite up to two guests to commencement! Graduates must RSVP to participate in commencement and claim their two guest seats.

All attendees will be required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth and will need to maintain social distancing. We will have separate seating sections for graduates, family and friends, and MCC faculty and staff. All seats will be assigned, and there will be no shifting or swapping seats.

The commencement ceremony is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Starlight Theatre. Since Starlight Theatre is an outdoor venue, a rain date has been set for May 14. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, graduates will be notified by MCC email, and posts will be made on the MCC website and social media accounts.

A livestream of the ceremony will be accessible at mcckc.edu.

The commencement ceremony, cap, gown, and tassel will be provided free of charge and need to be picked up at the (drive-thru) Grad Bag pickup events being held on campuses the week of April 19.

GRAD Bags

The objective for the GRAD Bag distribution is to promote MCC’s strategic theme of Student Success by celebrating a milestone achievement for eligible student graduates and encouraging their participation in the Commencement ceremony.

Due to current social distancing guidelines, the GRAD bag event will be offered via a curbside pick-up located at a central parking lot location on each campus. Appropriate PPE and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.

The contents of the GRAD bags will include:

  • Cap and Gown
  • Tassel
  • MCC Medallion
  • 5 MCC Commencement Announcements

MCC Commencement Grad Bag Pickup Dates and Times

  • MCC-Maple Woods: Monday, April 19, 2-6 p.m. | Visitor parking circle (between Student Center and Administrative buildings)
  • MCC-Business & Technology: Tuesday, April 20, 2-6 p.m. | East circle drive outside the Campus Center from entrance
  • MCC-Longview: Tuesday, April 20, 2-6 p.m. | Circle drive (between Business and Learning Center buildings)
  • MCC-Blue River: Wednesday, April 21, 2-6p.m. | North circle drive between the Education Building and Campus Center
  • MCC-Penn Valley: Thursday, April 22, 2- 6 p.m. | North parking lot of Education Center and Student Enrollment Center (enter from 31st Street)
  • MCC-Maple Woods/St. Joseph Site located at Hillyard Technical Center: Friday, April 23, 3-5 p.m. | Door 10 (South Side of the Building

After the Commencement Grad Bag Event

Fall 2020 graduates and Spring/Summer 2021 graduates who miss the Grad Bag Pickup event may work with their MCC campus bookstores to schedule an appointment. Caps and gowns will be available for pickup in bookstores from May 3rd – May 10th. After May 10th, students who are planning to participate in the ceremony can receive their cap and gown at Starlight Theatre. Please plan on arriving early to check in and have time to work with the bookstore.

Commencement FAQs

Are tickets required for the ceremony?

Tickets are required for guests. Simply RSVP for yourself and up to two guests. Guest tickets will be mailed to the graduate, so be sure your address is correct in myMCCKC. Graduates will receive their own seat assignments when they check in at Starlight.

Are 2020 graduates invited to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony?

Yes, all 2020 graduates are invited to participate and should watch their email for information.

Will there be COVID-19 safety protocols in place?

All attendees are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth. Seats will be assigned and spaced for social distancing; no shifting or swapping seats. Everyone will be directed to maintain social distance of 6 feet, and sanitizing stations are available inside the venue.

Is there a rain date?

Since Starlight is an outdoor venue, a rain date has been set for May 14. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, graduates would be notified by email and posts would be made on the MCC website and social-media accounts.

Is there only one commencement ceremony for all MCC campuses?

Yes. There is just one ceremony each year for all campuses.

How long is the commencement ceremony?

The ceremony lasts approximately two hours, so please have all needs taken care of before the ceremony. Plan to attend the entire time, as your degree will not be conferred until the end.

Will I be photographed?

Professional photographers will take photos that can be purchased online later. If you would like to pre-register at the Grad Images site and receive a coupon for 20 percent off, visit: gradimages.com/reregistration.

What if I need special assistance?

If you need special accommodations, please contact Ashley Fagan at 816.604.1426.

How will parking work at Starlight?

  • Parking at Starlight is free for this event
  • When you arrive, Starlight guest services will direct you to available parking, including ADA accessible parking if needed.

Please call 816.604.1000 or email mcc.commencement@mcckc.edu with any commencement-related questions.