Download a Graduation Announcement
Graduation announcements can be used to share the exciting news about your graduation with your family and friends. You can even write a personal note on each one. This graduation announcement can be shared digitally via email or printed & mailed to your friends and family. These announcements should not serve as an invitation to the ceremony, as seating is limited.
During your final semester at Montco, you must complete the online Graduation Application form and indicate your intention to graduate. Located within your Self-Service account under Academics, select Graduation Overview to complete the Graduation Application.
We strongly encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to review graduation requirements and eligibility. Additionally, you may view your program evaluation in Self-Service by navigating to Academics, then selecting Student Planning and view My Progress.
Apply to graduate in the semester in which your graduation will take place:
- Spring 2023 (May) deadline: March 31, 2023 (Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed by June 30, 2023)
- Summer 2023 (August) deadline: July 31, 2023 (Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed by September 30, 2023)
- Fall 2023 (December) deadline: November 30, 2023 (Diplomas/Certificates will be mailed by January 31, 2024)
Students who submitted a graduation application and have or will complete all their program requirements at the end of the Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 semesters will be invited to participate in the May 18, 2023 Commencement ceremonies.
If you have submitted a graduation application, have one remaining program requirement (a maximum of four credits), register for Summer 2023, and want to participate in Commencement, you will need to submit a petition to walk in the Commencement Ceremony. Please submit your petition with the reason for the exception to Graduation@mc3.edu beginning March 3, 2023 through April 22, 2023. If approved, you will receive a graduation notification email.
If you are enrolled in the Medical Assisting Certificate (C.MA) program and register for MAS*130; or Sound Recording Technology (SRT) program and register for SRT*290 and SRT*297, you will be automatically reviewed if you are eligible to walk and do not need to petition.
Degree Conferral & Diploma
Graduation is only processed three times per year:
- August (summer graduates)
- December (fall graduates)
- May (winter/spring graduates)
Once your degree is conferred, you will receive an email to your student account. When your diploma is mailed, you will receive an email confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you need to replace your original diploma? Complete the online form.
Note: Diplomas and transcripts will not be released until all obligations to the College have been cleared.
Apply for Student Speaker & National Anthem
Think your efforts deserve some recognition? Apply to be the Student Speaker and be chosen to represent the graduating class. The selected student will deliver a pre-recorded speech at the Commencement ceremonies and receive a medal. Applications are due by March 31, 2023.
Apply for a chance to sing the national anthem for Commencement. The selected students will record a video to be played during all three Commencement ceremonies and for other events at the College throughout the year. Applications are due by March 31, 2023.
Program Book Information
Please note, while every effort is made to ensure accuracy in the Commencement program, printing deadlines sometimes prevent inclusion of a candidate's name or may result in the inclusion of names of persons not completing graduation requirements. All honors indicated in the program are tentative. Official degree honors for diplomas and transcripts will be determined after final grades are reported. The 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.
Regalia & Honors Distinctions
Regalia is the academic attire worn during the Commencement ceremonies that includes the cap, gown, and any special tassels, cords, or stoles approved by the College.
Graduates should remember to bring their caps, gowns, and tassels to the ceremony. Graduates who received academic or special distinctions should also bring those tassels, cords, stoles, etc.
Reserve your regalia - The graduate order form will be open from February 27, 2023 through March 31, 2023.
Regalia is free for all graduates and will be available to reserve online starting February 27, 2023 through March 31, 2023. After this date, the College will place a bulk order for regalia to assist those students who missed the reservation deadline. We will ensure all graduates have academic regalia, but fitted sizes are not guaranteed after the deadline passes. Regalia can be picked up at one of the Grad Fairs. Graduates unable to attend Grad Fair will be able to pick up on the day of the ceremonies.
This year, graduates will have the option to ship regalia directly to their homes (for a shipping fee of $15.95 due at time of order) or pick up on campus at Grad Fair (no shipping fee). Graduates unable to do either will be able to pick up the day of the ceremonies as directed upon checking in at the graduate line-up.
Montco Academic Costume Code
Graduates who have earned academic or special distinctions may wear approved ceremonial medals, tassels, cords, and stoles at commencement. These items will be available for pick up at Grad Fair.
The approved distinctions are:
Alpha Alpha Alpha (navy blue and grey cord) — The navy blue and grey cord worn by some graduates indicates their membership in the Alpha Alpha Alpha Honor Society for first generation college students. Using the colors of Moravian College, where the society was founded, the colors are intertwined to demonstrate the connection we all have to each other.
- Athletics (white stole with red trim and Montco athletics logo) — Student athletes are honored by wearing a stole in the College’s primary colors, emblazoned with the Athletics logo. The Athletics stole is reserved for student athletes who maintain National Junior College Athletic Association academic standards and compete at the varsity level.
- Black Student Union (kente stole) — The kente stole has historical significance for understanding and honoring Black student achievements. It is worn by members of the Black Student Union whose purpose is to educate, unite and inspire the student body by providing cultural awareness pertaining to the Black experience. Membership is open to any student at the College.
- Diversity (rainbow cord) — Available to all graduates, the rainbow cord signifies diversity and is worn as a sign of solidarity by members of the College community. The rainbow colors reaffirm the College’s continuing commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.
- GPA Honors Distinctions (red and black cord) — Students graduating with GPA Honors are represented by a single black and red cord for Summa (3.75 to 4.00 GPA), Magna (3.50 to 3.74 GPA) or Cum Laude (3.25 to 3.49 GPA) distinctions.
- Honors Program (green and gold double cord) — The green and gold double cord is worn by the College’s Honors Program graduates. Honors Program students complete a minimum of 9-12 credits of Honors coursework and participate in extensive intellectual and community service activities.
- Mu Alpha Theta (light blue and gold double cord) — The light blue and gold double cord worn by some of the College’s students indicates that they are members of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta recognizes students who have completed two or more math courses beyond the pre-algebra level and have a cumulative math GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Phi Beta Lambda (royal blue and gold double cord) — The blue and gold double cord is worn by the College’s Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda graduates. Phi Beta Lambda students bring business and education together through innovative leadership and career development programs.
- Phi Theta Kappa (gold tassel) — The gold tassel worn by some of the College’s students indicates that they are members of the Alpha Kappa Zeta or Beta Tau Lambda chapters of Phi Theta Kappa, which is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship through a variety of activities which promote fellowship, leadership and service. To be a member of Phi Theta Kappa, students must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
- Psi Beta (gold double cord with blue and gold tassels) — Students who wear this cord are members of the College’s chapter of Psi Beta, a national honor society for students attending two-year colleges, who plan to major or minor in psychology, as well as students who simply have an interest in psychology. Psi Beta students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 and have completed a college-level psychology course with a grade of B or higher.
- Student Commencement Speaker (medal) — The Student Commencement Speaker is selected by a committee of College faculty and staff members to represent the graduating class. The medal awarded to the Student Speaker is engraved with the College’s seal and strung from a red and white ribbon.
- Veterans (red, white and blue cord) — The red, white and blue cord worn by some of the College’s graduates indicates these students have or are currently serving in the armed forces. The tri-colored cord symbolizes our veteran students’ dedication and service to our nation.
Requests for academic or special distinctions not listed above must be submitted using the Academic Regalia Request form. In order to process requests for inclusion in the Commencement ceremonies, all requests must be submitted by February 1 of that same year for review. Any applications submitted after the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the following year's ceremony. The requestor will be notified of the final decision to include the requested regalia by the end of February.
GPA Honors Distinctions
Graduates with GPA honors distinctions receive a single black and red honors cord. GPA honors distinctions are as follows:
- 3.75 to 4.00 — Summa Cum Laude
- 3.50 to 3.74 — Magna Cum Laude
- 3.25 to 3.49 — Cum Laude
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.
The graduate line-up location will be sent to graduates from the Commencement Committee via their student email account.
Graduates should leave any personal items with their guests prior to arriving at the graduate line-up location, as they will be unable to leave their items at the line-up location. Graduates will be unable to return to the line-up location after the ceremony.
Guests are not permitted at the graduate line-up location.
Service dogs may process with their graduate. No other pets are permitted in the Commencement ceremonies or inside College buildings.
Graduates should arrive at the line-up location no later than 1 hour before the start of their ceremony time:
- 10 a.m. ceremony: All graduates should arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. to the line-up location, as specified in the email sent to them by the Commencement Committee.
- 2 p.m. ceremony: All graduates should arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. to the line-up location, as specified in the email sent to them by the Commencement Committee.
- 6 p.m. ceremony: All graduates should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. to the line-up location, as specified in the email sent to them by the Commencement Committee.
Children and/or other guests of graduates are not permitted to process or walk across the stage with the graduate. If graduates need special accomodations, please contact Disability Services for support at email@example.com or call 215-641-6575.
Receiving your diploma at the ceremony
Graduates are reminded that they will receive a diploma case when they cross the stage, but their actual diploma is mailed to their home address on the dates outlined in the Apply for Graduation section above. Any additional questions related to graduation status or diplomas should be directed to the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request a replacement diploma
Graduates may submit the Replacement Diploma Request form to order a replacement diploma if their original has been lost or destroyed, or to request reissue of a diploma after a name change.
To request that a replacement diploma be reissued in a new name, and to change that name on MCCC records, submit a Student Information Update form before submitting the Replacement Diploma Request form. Documentation such as a driver’s license, passport, or marriage license is required.
Diplomas will not be released until all obligations to the College have been cleared.
Please allow 10-14 business days for your diploma to arrive after your request is reviewed and processed.