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Registrar's Office - Graduation Information

Commencement 2015

May 9, 2015

Gregg Mitchell Field

Graduation Speaker - George Robinson


  • 10:30 am Nursing graduates line up in Mabee Eckilson Theatre
  • 11:00 am Nursing Pinning Ceremony in Mabee Eckilson Theatre
  • 12:00 noon Lunch – Cafeteria
  • Thor the Viking will be available for pictures from 11:45 until 1:00 pm in front of the cafeteria!
  • 1:15 pm Senior/Faculty/Board Pictures in front of Technology Center
  • 1:30 pm Line up for Commencement in front of Baity Hall
  • 2:00 pm Commencement – Gregg Mitchell Field

NEW MVC FAMILY PICNIC AREA: Picnic spots on the MVC campus are available for rent on graduation day. Click here for details.

NAME CARD: This card was mailed to the December graduates and available for pick up for the May and summer candidates. This card is to be completed and handed to the Registrar as you walk across the stage at commencement. Please PRINT NEATLY and don’t use nick names. Spell your name phonetically if necessary. If you are not participating in the commencement ceremonies please mail the card back to me. We use the “what you are doing” and hometown newspaper information at the bottom.

DIPLOMAS: You will receive an empty diploma cover during commencement. December graduates can pick-up diplomas immediately following commencement in the Registrar’s Office. Diplomas for May graduates will be mailed to the address listed on the departmental approval form with-in six weeks of commencement. Summer candidate’s diplomas will be ordered upon completion of requirements and mailed upon receipt. Everyone should keep their diploma cover. The actual diploma will be shipped without a cover.

CAP AND GOWNS: You keep the cap and gown after commencement. Remember to wear the cap flat on top of your head. We will have “helpers” available during the line up to assist you. We ask that you do not “decorate” the top of your cap with Greek letters or anything else.Caps and gowns will be available for pick up on May 5th in the Registrar’s Office.

ACADEMIC HONORS: Since commencement is taking place before the final grades are due it will be impossible to determine academic honors. Therefore, we will use your current grade point average and will announce “with honors” if you have a 3.5 or above. Your name card is stamped with a red star if you are within the “with honors” grade point average limits. It is important to hang on to your card! The official Academic honors (Cum laude; Magna cum laude; Summa cum laude) will be indicated on the diploma.

HONOR CORDS: If you are a member of an academic organization that distributes honor cords, you should pick up the honor cords from the faculty advisor. The only honor cords awarded during the commencement ceremony are the Presidential Scholars (students with a current cumulative gpa of 3.9 or above and the Major Scholars that were recently awarded. If you are a recipient of either it is indicated on the front of your name card and you will receive your honor cord as you walk across the stage.

LINE UP: You will line up in alphabetical order for commencement. There will be lists available so you can find your place. There will be “helpers” available to assist you in finding your place – if necessary.

PHOTOS: There will be a professional photographer taking pictures as you walk across stage. Remember to take the diploma cover with your left hand and shake President Humphrey’s hand with your right hand – and pose for the camera. Someone will personally “coach” the first few people prior to commencement day – so just watch them and then follow.

GRADUATION FEE: Your $100 graduation fee must be paid prior to May 5, 2015.

WEATHER: Let’s hope it doesn’t rain, but if it does the commencement ceremony will be held in the Burns Gym and line up will be by the locker rooms. The heat may also be a concern for some. A bottle of water will be under every chair for graduates. Water will also be available for purchase for your guests.

GUESTS: We do not limit the number of guests you can invite. Seating is on a first come – first serve basis. If you have guests that have limited mobility there will be a section of seating available on the track. They should park at the Burns gym and we will have staff members in golf carts transport them back and forth.

BROADCAST: There ceremony will also be broadcasted in the Mabee-Eckilson Theatre and in the cafeteria if you have guests that will not be able to handle the heat. The Theatre will open at 1:15 for seating and again will be on a first come first serve basis. The cafeteria location is less formal and will just remain open after the luncheon.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Marsha Lashley, Registrar: