Commencement 2016


FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2016 COMMENCEMENT
Thursday, May 19 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 Associate Registrar 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 - Athletics Center


Graduation will be held in the Athletics Center (Building D) on Thursday May 19, 2016 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.

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 Veterans Services office (A109) to request the Military Cord.

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

Graduation honors listed in the commencement program are tentative and based on GPA as of May 1, 2016; designation of graduation honors will be calculated based on final GPA at time of conferral. Associate degree recipients who have a cumulative GPA of 3.500-3.749 are awarded a degree with Honors. A degree with High Honors is awarded to those students with a cumulative GPA of 3.750+. The certificate will be awarded with distinction to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.750+.

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


March 11, 2016
Student Speaker Applications Due

May 17, 2016 Rehearsal
3-4:30pm

May 19, 2016 Commencement Ceremony
6pm

August 2015 Graduation
Confer Date: 8/30/2015
Last day to apply: 08/14/2015
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 9/30/15
Diplomas mailed: October 2015

December 2015 Graduation
Confer Date: 12/30/2015
Last day to apply: 12/15/2015
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 1/30/16
Diplomas mailed: February 2016

January 2016 Graduation
Confer Date: 1/30/2016
Last day to apply: 1/15/2016
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 2/30/16
Diplomas mailed: March 2016

May 2016 Graduation
Confer Date: 5/19/2016
Last day to apply: 4/15/2016
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 6/19/16
Diplomas mailed: July 2016
 

 
REHEARSAL


Commencement rehearsal will be held for students on Tuesday, May 17th from 3-4:30pm. Students should check-in for rehearsal from 3-3:15 in the Linganore Hall (L Building). Students do not have to wear caps and gowns at rehearsal. Rehearsal is not mandatory but strongly encouraged. 

 
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY STUDENT SPEAKERS


We are seeking nominations for two student speakers to represent FCC at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 19, 2016. For more information, and to apply, visit http://goo.gl/forms/UIjRaHm7hi

Selected Speakers Receive:
 • VIP parking
 • Platform party processional and seating
 • Recognition in commencement program
 • 2 extra guest tickets
 

 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS


Wear dress or business casual attire under their gowns.

Check in with an attendant in Linganore Hall (Building L).

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.

You must be in line in and ready to march by 5:45 p.m.

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

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 2, 2016, contact the Center of Student Engagement.

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

If you need special accommodations, including a sign language interpreter, please call Services for Students with Disabilities (301.846.2476) at least two weeks in advance. 

 
GUESTS


Doors to the Athletics 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.

Please remind your guests that there will be heavy traffic on Opossumtown Pike and that the Athletics Center will quickly reach seating capacity. There will be no admittance after seating capacity has been reached.

Strollers are not permitted in the gym and must be left at the designated area located inside the Athletics Center.

Bags will be subject to inspection before entering the Athletics Center.

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. www.frederick.edu.

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

 
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 2. 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.

Graduates may pick up their caps and gowns in the Bookstore (Student Center, Building H) beginning May 2. Please have your student ID available. Graduates are encouraged to attend the Commencement Fair to pick up caps, gowns, and tickets.

 
TICKETS


You may pick up your tickets in the Bookstore (Student Center, Building H) beginning May 2. Please have your student ID available. Graduates are encouraged to attend the Commencement Fair to pick up caps, gowns, and tickets.

Graduates participating in Commencement will receive 3 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 2. 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.

 
COMMENCEMENT FAIR


A Commencement Fair will be held in the bookstore during the following times:
 • Monday, May 2 from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
 • Tuesday, May 3 from 3pm – 7pm
**Photo ID required to pick up caps, gowns, and 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 Athletics Center can be dropped off in the fenced area behind the Athletics Center. If you or your guests need handicapped accessible parking located behind the Athletics Center, please see a Bookstore associate when you pick up tickets and regalia.
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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


Frederick Community College makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you have accommodation needs, please call 301-846-2408. To request a sign language interpreter, please call 240-629-7819 or 301-846-2408 (Voice) or by email. Requests for any accommodation should be made at least five working days prior to attending a scheduled event.

 
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


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. 

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