Commencement 2015


 

FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2015 COMMENCEMENT

Thursday May 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
 

Students who anticipate completing the requirements for an associate's degree or certificate of accomplishment are required to apply for Graduation through your PeopleSoft account. After signing in to PeopleSoft, choose Student Center. In "Academics" click on the drop down for "Other Academics" and select apply for graduation. Students who wish to earn a letter of recognition should fill out the Letter of Recognition Graduation Application.
 

COMMENCEMENT vs GRADUATION


There are important differences between commencement and graduation with which you should be familiar.

Commencement refers to the ceremony, officiated by the President of the College, where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. It is also a time for the College, Board of Trustees, senior administrators, and faculty to pay special tribute to you for the outstanding efforts you have shown in earning your degree.

Graduation, on the other hand, is a three-step process consisting of submitting an Application for Graduation, completing all academic requirements for your degree or certificate, and settling all financial obligations. The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation.

If you have not filled out the Application for Graduation in your People Soft Student Center or via the Graduation Application Form, please do so immediately or contact the Graduation & Records Manager with any questions.

There are four official conferral (degree posting) dates for which you may apply to graduate, one following each semester in January, May, August, and December. Commencement ceremony is held once per year in May. August, December, and January graduates will participate in the following May Commencement ceremony

Your actual diploma will be mailed to you to the address in your PeopleSoft Student Center about 6-8 weeks after your conferral date. Your degree becomes official when it is posted to your transcript and not by your participation in commencement exercises.

 
LOCATION


Graduation will be held in the Field House/Athletics Center (Building D) on Thursday May 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Allow plenty of time for travel and parking. Traffic will be very congested on Opossumtown Pike.

 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS


 • To qualify as a candidate for a degree of associate of arts, sciences, teaching, applied sciences, or certificate, you must successfully complete a prescribed curriculum as approved by the College.

 • You must satisfy all financial obligations (tuition balances, parking tickets, library fines, etc.) prior to receiving your diploma. LOR recipients do not participate in the ceremony.

 • Students who have been awarded honor stoles, cords or medals may wear them as well. Gold tassels will be distributed at rehearsal or at check-in before the ceremony.

 • Graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa should direct questions to the Center for Student Engagement at 301.624.2793.

 • Veterans/Reservist/National Guard and Active Duty Military graduates should contact Rachel Nachlas in the Veteran Services office (A109) to request the Military Cord.

 • Students in the Honors College have earned at least 12 credits in honors courses.

 • Degree recipients receive graduation honors based on their overall GPA as of May 1, 2014. Honors are as follows: 3.50 - 3.74 graduate with Honors, 3.75 and above graduate with High Honors. Certificate recipients with an overall GPA of 3.75 will graduate with distinction. Graduation honors listed in the commencement program are tentative and based on GPA as of May 1, 2014; designation of graduation honors will be calculated based on final GPA at time of conferral.

 • If you transfer credits from another college to fulfill requirements for graduation at FCC, you must have your transcript(s) on file in the Registration Center by March 30.

 • If you are a Federal Stafford Student Loan recipient and you are graduating, you must complete the required exit loan counseling at www.studentloans.gov. Follow the instructions for exit loan counseling. If you have questions regarding your loan history, contact the Financial Aid Office at 301.846.2480. Please note, your diploma will not be released until this exit counseling has been completed.

 
IMPORTANT DATES


August 2014 Graduation
Confer Date: 08/30/2014
Last day to apply: Friday, 8/15/2014
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 9/30/14

December 2014 Graduation
Confer Date: 12/30/2014
Last day to apply: Monday, 12/15/2014
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 1/30/2015

January 2015 Graduation
Confer Date: 01/30/2015
Last day to apply: Thursday, 1/15/2015
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 2/30/2015

May 2015 Graduation
Confer Date/Commencement: 5/21/2015
Last day to apply: Friday, 04/17/2015
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 6/21/15

 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS


 • The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

 • Allow adequate time to arrive on campus and park. All campus lots are open for the commencement ceremony.

 • Students should wear dress or business casual attire under their gowns.

 • Please leave valuables (e.g., purses, cell phones) behind; they may not be carried during the ceremony.

 • Each student will receive a 3 x 5 name card at check-in containing the following information: Name, Degree or Certificate, and Program of Study.

 •  Please verify the correct pronunciation of your name. You may also fill out the “Pronunciation Form” before May 14, 2015.

 • You must be in line in the Field House/Athletics Center (Building D) and ready to march by 5:45 p.m. Ushers will be available throughout the building to assist you during this time. A diagram of the graduate line-up will be available on this site in May, 2015.

 • Faculty Marshals will escort each row of students to the platform to receive presentation diplomas.

 • Graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa should direct questions to the Center for Student Engagement at 301.624.2793. If you do not have a gold PTK stole by May 1, 2015, contact the Center of Student Engagement.

 • Veterans/Reservist/National Guard and Active Duty Military graduates should contact Rachel Nachlas in the Veteran Services office (Antietam Hall/ Building A, Room 109) to request the Military Cord on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you or your guests require disability-related accommodations, including a sign language interpreter, please e-mail your request to Ceremony Coordinator no later than May 14, 2015.

 
GUESTS


 • Doors to the Field House/Athletic Center (Building D) open at 5:00 p.m. for guest seating. Please note: general seating is on wooden bleachers in the gymnasium. Overflow seating is available in the Visual & Performing Arts Center (Building F) and is the most comfortable for older guests or those with special accommodation needs.

 • Strollers are not permitted in the gym and must be left at the designated area located inside the Field House.

 • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off during the ceremony.

 • The procession of graduates begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony lasts for approximately 75 minutes.

 • The ceremony will be streamed live to the Visual & Performing Arts Center (Building F) and on the FCC website. Guests do not need a ticket to watch the ceremony from the Visual and Performing Arts Center (Building F).

 • All guests (including children) attending Commencement need a ticket. Seats are not reserved.

Click here for a diagram of the guest seating.

 
CAP & GOWN


 • You must have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. There is no charge for caps and gowns.

 • Graduates may pick up their caps and gowns in the Bookstore (Student Center, Building H) beginning May 1. Please have your student ID available.

 • Sample size gowns will be available to try on and ensure the proper fit.

 • Students should wear dress or business casual attire under their gowns.

 • Not participating in the ceremony? You may collect a free commemorative ticket and tassel.

 
TICKETS


 • You may pick up your tickets in the Bookstore (Student Center, Building H) beginning May 1. Please have your student ID available.

 • Graduates participating in Commencement will receive 5 tickets for guest seating (this includes any special seating tickets, which are given on a first-come, first-served basis). Please note: general seating is on wooden bleachers in the gymnasium. Overflow seating is available in the Visual & Performing Arts Center (Building F) and is the most comfortable for older guests or those with special accommodation needs.

 • If you are not participating in the ceremony, you may collect a free commemorative ticket and tassel.

 • All guests (including children) attending Commencement need a ticket. Extra tickets will not be available at the door. Seats are not reserved.

 • Seating for guests with limited mobility is available at the back of the gym. Seating in this area is by special ticket only. (Special seating tickets must be exchanged for a general-seating guest ticket). All guest tickets can be picked up in the Bookstore beginning May 1. We regret that we cannot seat entire parties in the Special Seating area. Please consult the ushers for assistance in finding the special seating area prior to the ceremony.

Click here for a diagram of the guest seating.

 • If any of your guests require disability-related accommodations, including a sign language interpreter, please e-mail your request to Ceremony Coordinator or see a Bookstore associate when you pick up your regalia.
 
FCC is not responsible for lost, stolen or destroyed tickets.

 
PARKING


All campus lots are open for the commencement ceremony. Parking lots fill quickly, so plan to arrive early. Guests who need special access to the Field House/Athletics Center (Building D) can drive to the back of the Field House and enter the "caged" area. Ushers will be available to direct you.

See Campus Map

 
DIPLOMAS


You do not have to attend the commencement ceremony to receive your diploma Diplomas for May graduates will be mailed to your home address in July. August, January, and December graduates should have received their diplomas.

 
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS


If you or any of your guests require disability-related accommodations, including a sign language interpreter, please e-mail your request to Ceremony Coordinator or see a Bookstore associate when you pick up your regalia.

Seating for guests with limited mobility is available at the back of the gym. Seating in this area is by special ticket only. (Special seating tickets must be exchanged for a general-seating guest ticket). All guest tickets can be picked up in the Bookstore beginning May 1. We regret that we cannot seat entire parties in the Special Seating area. Please consult the ushers for assistance in finding the special seating area prior to the ceremony. Click here for a diagram of guest seating.

 
PHOTOGRAPHS


A professional photographer (Charles Studio) will take a photo as you receive your diploma on stage and after you step off stage. They will send proofs by mail and by e-mail to your myfcc e-mail address within a few days of the ceremony. For more information visit http://grad.CharlesStudio.com/. You are under no obligation to purchase photos.

 
RECEPTION


A reception follows immediately after the ceremony in the Cougar Grille (Student Center/Building H). The reception will feature music and light hors d'oeuvres. Your family members and friends are invited to stay and celebrate your achievements with you. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at the commencement ceremony or reception, according to the Frederick Community College Drug and Alcohol Policy.

 
ALTERNATIVE VIEWING OPTIONS


If children become restless, guests and children can watch the ceremony via video screen in the Field House/Athletics Center (Building D), Room 126.

The ceremony will be streamed live to the Visual & Performing Arts Center (Building F) and on the FCC website, www.frederick.edu. Seating in the Visual & Performing Arts Center is the most comfortable for older guests or those with special accommodation needs. Guests do not need a ticket to watch the ceremony from the Visual & Performing Arts Center.