Frederick Community College Commencement

Graduates
 

2020 MAY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 13, 2020

 

We recognize that the Coronavirus Pandemic has created challenges, but celebrating Commencement is too important a life milestone to miss. Therefore, the May 21, 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been rescheduled so that our graduates can feel the excitement of celebrating with their fellow students and loved ones.

Here is the information for the rescheduled Commencement Ceremony:

New Date/Time: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Regalia:  Oak Hall  – Order by the extended deadline of June 15. There is no charge for caps, gowns, or guest tickets.

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The Commencement ceremony is a highlight of the college experience, and we look forward to seeing our students walking and wearing their caps and gowns, as everyone celebrates their success and accomplishments.

Following the Ceremony, there will be a reception for graduates, family, friends, and the community in the Cougar Grille.

The rescheduling of the Commencement ceremony will not affect students graduating, receiving degrees and certificates, and transferring to other institutions.

Students who anticipate completing the requirements for an associate degree or certificate are required to apply for graduation through the  PeopleSoft Student Portal or via the Graduation Application Form. If you have not filled out the Application for Graduation in your  PeopleSoft Student Portal  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 https://www.studentloans.gov. Follow the instructions for exit loan counseling. If you have questions regarding your loan history, contact Financial Aid at 301.846.2480.

There are three official conferral (degree posting) dates for which you may apply to graduate:  August, December and May.  A commencement ceremony is held once per year. August 2019, December 2919 and May 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony.

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

 


CAP & GOWN
You must have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony.

There is no charge for caps, gowns, and guest tickets.

Regalia must be obtained through the  Oak Hall online ordering system by June 15.

All orders will be shipped to the FCC Bookstore.

Students may begin to pick up caps, gowns and tickets at the  Commencement Fair  on Monday, July 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or during regular business hours through August 13.

Once the regalia ordering website has closed, students who need a cap and gown for Commencement should visit the Bookstore.  Please note- selection and sizes are limited.

**Photo ID required to pick up caps, gowns, and tickets.

 

 
TICKETS

Graduates participating in Commencement can receive 4 free tickets when they pick up regalia from the Bookstore. General seating is on molded plastic seats in the gymnasium.

Due to limited seating capacity for the gymnasium, extra guest tickets are not available.

Overflow seating is available in the Visual & Performing Arts Center and is the most comfortable for older guests or those with special accommodation needs. Guests do not need a ticket to sit in the Visual & Performing Arts Center, but please note that seating in this area is on first-come, first-served basis.

Seating for guests with limited mobility is available at the back of the gym.

All guests (including children, regardless of age) attending Commencement need a ticket. Seats are not reserved. FCC is not responsible for lost, stolen or destroyed tickets.

 
COMMENCEMENT FAIR

Students are encouraged to attend the Commencement Fair on Monday, July 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students may pick-up caps, gowns and tickets at the Bookstore during the Commencement Fair or after the event during regular business hours until August 13. 

Not participating in the ceremony? You may collect a free commemorative ticket and tassel at the Bookstore from July 6 through August 13 during regular business hours.

**Photo ID required to pick up caps, gowns, and tickets.

 
REHEARSAL

Commencement rehearsal will be held for students on Tuesday, August 11 from 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. in Linganore Hall.

You will have the chance to record the pronunciation of your name.

Students do not have to wear caps and gowns at rehearsal.

**Rehearsal is not mandatory but strongly encouraged.

 
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Traffic will be heavy on Opossumtown Pike. Allow enough time for travel and parking.

Wear comfortable shoes and dress or business casual attire under your gown.

Graduates may check in and pick up their name card beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Linganore Hall. You must have your name card and be in line for the processional 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 Veteran Services (Annapolis Hall, Room 109) to request the Military Cord on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Graduates are to remain in their seats for the entire ceremony except when following directions from the stage and faculty Marshalls or in case of an emergency.

Except in an emergency, guests in attendance at the gymnasium should remain in their seat. Once the processional has begun academic etiquette requests that guests wait to enter the gymnasium until after the processional has completed. Guests should wait and remain at their seats to exit the gymnasium until after the recessional has completed. Once the recessional has completed, guests may join their graduates outside and at the reception in the Cougar Grille immediately following the ceremony.

August and/or December 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 4:00 p.m. for guest seating.

General seating is on molded plastic seats in the Athletics Center.

Overflow seating is available in the Visual & Performing Arts Center and is the most comfortable for older guests or those with special accommodation needs. Guests do not need a ticket to sit in this area but please note that seating in this area is on first-come, first-served basis.

Traffic will be heavy on Opossumtown Pike and seating capacity will be reached quickly. There will be no admittance after seating capacity has been reached.

Bags will be subject to inspection before entering the Athletics Center and the Visual & Performing Arts Center. Oversize bags will not be permitted. Weapons are prohibited. Refer to the College’s weapons policy.

The procession of graduates begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony lasts for approximately 90 minutes.

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

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

Except in an emergency, guests in attendance at the gymnasium should remain in their seat. Once the processional has begun academic etiquette requests that guests wait to enter the gymnasium until after the processional has completed. Guests should wait and remain at their seats to exit the gymnasium until after the recessional has completed. Once the recessional has completed, guests may join their graduates outside and at the reception in the Cougar Grille immediately following the ceremony.

 
PARKING

All campus lots are open for the commencement ceremony. Parking lots fill quickly, so plan to arrive early. Review the Campus Map for entrances and parking locations.

 
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS

Frederick Community College makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities for College-sponsored events and programs. If you have accommodation needs or questions, please call 301-846-2408. To request a sign language interpreter, please visit http://fcc-interpreting.genbook.com. If you have interpreting related questions, please email Interpreting@frederick.edu. Sign language interpreters will not be automatically provided for College-sponsored events without a request for services. To guarantee accommodations, requests must be made at least five workdays in advance of a scheduled event. If your request pertains to accessible transportation for a College-sponsored trip, please submit your request at least 21 calendar days in advance. Requests made less than 21 calendar days in advance may not be able to be guaranteed.

 
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. For more information: Charles Studio.

 
RECEPTION

A reception follows immediately after the ceremony in the Cougar Grille. 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 and on the FCC home page, 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 sit in the Visual & Performing Arts Center, but please note that seating in this area is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 

 

Related Information


Reverse Transfer

Graduation Application

Letter of Recognition Application

Apply to be a Student Speaker

Campus Map

 

Contact Information


Ceremony Coordinator
Phone: 301.624.2726

Associate Registrar
Phone: 301.846.2655
 

2020 MAY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 13, 2020 
 

2020/2021 Graduation Dates & Deadlines


The graduating Class of 2021 consists of 2020 August, 2020 December, and 2021 May graduates. The Class of 2021 graduates will participate in the 2021 May Commencement Ceremony.

**Students must submit an Application for Graduation through their Student PeopleSoft Account or by paper application by the last day to apply**
 
August 2020 Graduation

Confer Date:  08/30/2020
 

Last day to apply:  08/15/2020
 

Posting date (showing on transcript):  No later than 9/30/20


Diplomas mailed directly to students:  October 2020



December 2020 Graduation

Confer Date: 12/30/2020
 

Last day to apply: 12/15/2020

Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 01/30/21

Diplomas mailed: February 2021
 



May 2021 Graduation
 

Confer Date/Commencement: 5/20/2021

Last day to apply: 04/01/2021

Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 6/20/2021

Diplomas mailed: July 2021
 
**Students must submit an Application for Graduation through their Student PeopleSoft Account or by paper application**