Commencement 2017

Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.


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 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 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.

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


We are seeking nominations for two student speakers to represent FCC at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony in May. For more information and to apply:

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


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

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