Academic Costume Code
Graduates who have earned academic or special distinctions may wear approved ceremonial medals, tassels, and stoles at commencement. The approved list of distinctions are:
- Black Student Union (Kente stole)
- Diversity (rainbow cord)
- Honors Program (gold and green double cord)
- Mu Alpha Theta (gold and Carolina blue double cord)
- Phi Beta Lambda (gold and royal blue double cord)
- Psi Beta (gold double cord with blue and gold tassel)
- Phi Theta Kappa (gold tassel)
- Summa/Magna/Cum Laude (red and black cord)
- Veterans (red, white, and blue cord)
Academic or special distinctions not listed under approved regalia for students must be submitted using the academic regalia request form. In order to process regalia changes for inclusion in the commencement ceremony, all requests must be submitted by February 1 for review. Any applications submitted after the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the following year's ceremony. Once your form is received, the academic co-chair for commencement will notify the requestor of the committee's recommendation to Academic Affairs within 10 business days.
Ceremony Protocol for Guests
- Please check with your graduate to confirm assigned ceremony time of 10 a.m., 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.
- The parking lot will open at 9 a.m. (for 10 a.m. ceremony), 1 p.m. (for 2 p.m. ceremony), and 5 p.m. (for the 6 p.m. ceremony).
- Programs are provided to the graduate at the Grad Fair. Guests wanting to follow the ceremony format, can download a digital copy, which will be made available the week of the event.
- All guests must have a vehicle pass. All guests must remain in their vehicle. No guests are permitted to sit outside their vehicle or on the roof.
- Guests will have the option to tune into the ceremony from their car. The ceremony will also be broadcast over a sound system which can be heard with windows rolled down.
- No concessions or access to vending machines inside campus buildings will be available. Bathrooms will also not be accessible during the ceremony. Guests may bring food and drink in their cars.
- Guest vehicles must be parked in place by 9:50 a.m. (for 10 a.m. ceremony, 1:50 p.m. (for 2 p.m. ceremony), and 5:50 p.m. (for the 6 p.m. ceremony).
- Guests are asked to be considerate of others and are not permitted to stand or block the parking space with personal belongings (such as strollers, additional chairs, etc.) large balloons should also be left in vehicles to avoid obstructing the view of other guests.
- The full ceremony is approximately an hour to an hour and a half long.
- No smoking or alcoholic beverages are permitted in the event section. Guests, who wish to smoke before departing campus, should drive to the designated smoking section in the ATC (Advanced Technology Center) parking lot.
- 3.75 to 4.00 – Summa Cum Laude
- 3.50 to 3.74 – Magna Cum Laude
- 3.25 to 3.49 – Cum Laude
Graduates with honors distinctions receive an honors cord. Honors for Summa, Magna or Cum Laude are represented by a single black and red cord, which can be picked-up at the Grad Fair or at the Ceremony.
For students who are pending completion in summer, distinctions are tentatively noted in the program. Official degree honors for diplomas and transcripts will be determined when all program requirements are complete and degrees are conferred.
Guests are encouraged to take pictures; however, you will not be permitted in the graduate section or near the stage for photographs. A professional photographer will take the photo of your graduate and will contact the graduate after the ceremony to purchase the photos.
Photo Release for Commencement Ceremony
By attending an event at Montgomery County Community College, you consent to having your image and voice recorded by photographers and videographers hired by the College. The resulting materials, which may include still photographs, video and audio recordings, may be used by Montgomery County Community College, without restriction, in promotional and news materials, on the College website and social media accounts, and on materials and properties as needed.
While every effort is made to ensure accuracy in the commencement program, printing deadlines sometimes prevent inclusion of the candidates' names or may result in the use of names of persons not completing graduation requirements. All honors indicated in this program are tentative. Official degree honors for diplomas and transcripts will be determined after final grades are reported. This printed program, therefore, should not be used to determine a student's academic degree status. A student's official transcript serves as the only definitive documentation of a student's academic degree status. A student's official transcript serves as the only definitive documentation of a student's academic degree status.
Guests are encouraged to contact Disability Services for coordination support at 215-619-7392.
Graduates in need of special accommodations can also request a special vehicle space at the ceremony through May 12.