The October 2020 Commencement will mirror a drive-in set-up to comply with CDC and state COVID-19 guidelines, and will be held rain or shine; however, the ceremony can be canceled for severe weather or change in CDC or state guidelines for holding outdoor events.
Securing vehicle passes
Each graduate will receive two (2) vehicle passes for the ceremony. One pass is designated for the graduate's car (the graduate and guests must be in a car together.) Immediate family will be parked in the space directly next to their graduate's seat in the parking lot. Guests in this car will be seated in the "graduate section". A second pass will be designated for any additional guests of the graduate. Individuals in this car will be directed to the general parking section. Vehicle passes will be distributed to all graduates at the Grad Fairs at the end of September, check the schedule of events for more information. If you are unable to attend, contact Commencement@mc3.edu for support.
- All guests must remain in their car for the duration of the ceremony. No folding chairs and/or sitting on top of vehicles will be permitted for the event. To ensure all guests can view their graduate crossing the stage, large movie theater screens will be set-up throughout the parking lot. Additionally, a professional photographer will take a photo of your graduate as they cross the stage.
- Graduates who misplace their vehicle passes should contact Commencement@mc3.edu. *Note: Only vehicles with the designated graduate pass, which have the graduate in them, will be permitted in this section of the event. Guest passes will be directed to the general guest section.
- Additional guests, who wanted to drive separately, can park in the Health Sciences Center parking lot, and can walk to join their vehicle inside designated graduate or guest sections. Anyone exiting their vehicle must follow CDC and state guidelines for COVID-19. All persons must wear a mask outside of their vehicle.
All graduates and grad vehicles should be parked by 1:40 p.m. This is a rain or shine event. Only the stage will be partially covered. Every effort will be made to ensure graduates receive their diplomas. Should CDC or state guidelines change due to COVID-19, the College will communicate these updates as soon as possible to your Montco student email address and the Commencement section of the website.
College staff will greet graduates and guests upon arrival and direct them to the correct parking sections.
Graduates who do not feel comfortable sitting in the designated chair next to their car, may remain in their vehicle until procession to the stage for diplomas.
As a reminder, any person, including graduates, outside of their vehicle must wear a face mask.
Graduates should remember to bring their caps, gowns, tassel and name cards to the ceremony. Graduates, who received academic or special distinctions should also bring their stoles, tassels, etc.
Regalia is free for all graduates and will be available to reserve online through August 20, 2020. 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 the Grad Fair. Graduates unable to attend one of the celebration dates will be able to pick-up the day of the ceremony. An event volunteer will deliver to your car.
Graduates should follow state, county and CDC guidelines for social distancing at the time of the ceremony. Graduates will be separated 6ft apart, and will be required to wear face masks. When graduates cross the stage to take photo and receive diploma, only one graduate will be on stage at a time. It is up to the graduate to decide if they want their photo taken with (or without) a face mask.
Graduate Procession into the Ceremony
Children and/or other guests of graduates are not permitted to process or walk across the stage with the graduate; guests and children are also not permitted to sit outside of their vehicle with the graduate. Should anyone need to exit a vehicle, a face mask must be worn on-campus.
Service dogs may process with their graduate. Graduates should inform email@example.com before September 28 so an end seat can be reserved for you and your service dog. No other pets are permissible in the graduate section.
Graduates are encouraged to leave all personal belongings with their guests as there is no storage for items during the ceremony.
For the safety and security of all attending the ceremony, no backpacks, coolers or any soft sided bag larger than 16"x16"x8" will be permitted in the event area.
As a reminder, guests must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the ceremony. No folding chairs or seating on top of vehicles is permitted. Guests should follow all social distancing and health guidelines in place by the governor, state or county at the time of the ceremony.
Receiving Your Diploma at the Ceremony
Graduates are reminded that they will receive their 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. Any additional questions related to graduation status or diploma should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.