Commencement 2017


FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2017 COMMENCEMENT
Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.

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Students who anticipate completing the requirements for an associate's degree or certificate are required to apply for Graduation through their PeopleSoft Student Center. If you have not filled out the Application for Graduation in your PeopleSoft Student Center or via the Graduation Application Form, please do so immediately or contact the Associate Registrar with any questions. Students who wish to earn a Letter of Recognition (LOR) should fill out the Letter of Recognition Graduation Application. LOR recipients do not participate in the ceremony.

COMMENCEMENT vs GRADUATION
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. Graduation, is a three-step process consisting of submitting a Graduation Application Form, completing all academic requirements for your degree or certificate, and settling all financial obligations (tuition balances, parking tickets, library fines, etc.), prior to receiving your diploma. 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.

There are four official conferral (degree posting) dates for which you may apply to graduate, January, May, August, and December. A Commencement ceremony is held once per year in May. August, December, and January graduates are invited to 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.
 
IMPORTANT DATES


August 2016 Graduation
Confer Date: 8/30/2016
Last day to apply: 08/15/2016
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 9/30/2016
Diplomas mailed directly to students: October (anticipated delivery date: October 2016)
 
December 2016 Graduation
Confer Date: 12/30/2016
Last day to apply: 12/15/2016
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 1/30/2017
Diplomas mailed: mid/late February 2017
 
January 2017 Graduation
Confer Date: 1/30/2017
Last day to apply: 1/15/2017
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 2/28/2017
Diplomas mailed: March 2017
 
May 2017 Graduation
Confer Date/Commencement: 5/18/2017
Last day to apply: 04/15/2017
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 6/18/2017
Diplomas mailed: July 2017

 
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY STUDENT SPEAKERS


We are seeking nominations for two student speakers to represent FCC at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony in May. For more information and to apply: https://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=KyTkgAMm

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

 
COMMENCEMENT FAIR


Students are encouraged to attend the Commencement Fair on Monday, May 1 from 9:00am - 6:00pm to collect their caps, gowns and tickets. Students may pick up regalia and tickets at the Bookstore during regular business hours, beginning with the Commencement Fair, May 1st through May 17th. For best selection of sizes and ticket availability, visit before Monday, May 15th. **Photo ID required to pick up caps, gowns, and tickets.

   
LOCATION - Athletics Center


Graduation will be held in the Athletics Center (Building D) on Thursday May 18, 2017 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.

 
REHEARSAL


Commencement rehearsal will be held for students on Tuesday, May 16th from 1-2:30pm. Check-in begins at 12:30 in Linganore Hall (L Building). Students do not have to wear caps and gowns at rehearsal. Rehearsal is not mandatory but strongly encouraged. 

 
CEREMONY INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS


Wear dress or business casual attire under their gowns.

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

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.

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.

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

You may decorate your mortarboard (no offensive language or depictions will be permitted)

August, December and/or January graduates who have received their diplomas do not need to bring them to the ceremony.

 
GUESTS


Doors to the Athletics Center (Building D) open at 5:15 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 90 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.

Students are encouraged to attend the Commencement Fair on Monday, May 1 from 9:00am - 6:00pm to collect their caps, gowns and tickets. Students may pick up regalia and tickets at the Bookstore during regular business hours, beginning with the Commencement Fair, May 1st through May 17th. For best selection of sizes and ticket availability, visit before Monday, May 15th. **Photo ID required to pick up caps, gowns, and tickets.

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


Graduates participating in Commencement will receive 4 tickets for guest seating. Please note: general seating is on wooden bleachers in the gymnasium. Overflow seating is available in the Visual & Performing Arts Center and is the most comfortable for older guests or those with special accommodation needs.

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

 
PARKING


All campus lots are open for the commencement ceremony. Parking lots fill quickly, so plan to arrive early. Handicapped-accessible parking is located behind the Athletics Center.

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


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 photographer will take a photo as you receive your diploma on stage and after you step off stage. They will send proofs by e-mail to your myfcc e-mail address within a few days of the ceremony. You are under no obligation to purchase photos..

 
RECEPTION


A reception follows immediately after the ceremony. The reception will feature 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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