Commencement 2019

Graduates
FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2019 COMMENCEMENT
Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m.
#FCCclassof19


Watch 2019 Commencement
Beginning at 6:00pm
www.frederick.edu


Students who anticipate completing the requirements for an associate 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 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 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 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 Hill online ordering system between January 2 and March 30, 2019.

All orders will be shipped to the FCC Bookstore.

Students may pick up their caps, gowns, and tickets at the Commencement Fair on Monday, May 6 from 9:00am - 6:00pm or during regular business hours through May 21.

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.

 
TICKETS


Graduates participating in Commencement can receive 4 free tickets when they pick up regalia from the Bookstore. General seating is on wooden bleachers 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 this area 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. Seating in this area is by special ticket only. (Special seating tickets must be exchanged for a general-seating guest ticket).

All guests (including children) 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, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or during regular business hours through May 21.

Students may pick-up caps, gowns and tickets at the Bookstore during the Commencement Fair or during regular business hours from May 6 - May 21.

Not participating in the Ceremony? You may collect a free commemorative ticket and tassel at the Bookstore.

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

 
REHEARSAL


Commencement rehearsal will be held for students on Tuesday, May 21 from 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

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

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 dress or business casual attire under your gown. Check in with staff in Linganore Hall to pick up your name card. You must have name card and be in line for 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 (Antietam 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).

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

 
LOCATION - Athletics Center


Graduation will be held in the Athletics Center (Building D) on Thursday May 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

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

 
GUESTS


Doors to the Athletics Center (Building D) open at 5:15 p.m. for guest seating.

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. 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.

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 and the Visual & Performing Arts Center.

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

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

 
PARKING


All campus lots are open for the commencement ceremony. Parking lots fill quickly, so plan to arrive early.

See Campus Map

 
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 (Building F) 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 this area but please note that seating in this area is on first-come, first-served basis.

Related Information

Reverse Transfer

Graduation Application

Letter of Recognition Application

Apply to be a Commencement Ceremony Student Speaker.

Campus Map

COMMENCEMENT 2019
Thursday, May 23,2019
6:00 p.m.
#FCCclassof19  

Contact Information

 

Ceremony Coordinator
Phone: 301.624.2726
 

Associate Registrar
Phone: 301.846.2655
 


2018-2019 Graduation Dates & Deadlines

*Students must submit an application for graduation through their Student PeopleSoft Account or by paper application*

August 2018 Graduation
Confer date: 8/30/18
Last day to apply: 8/15/18
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 9/30/18
Diplomas mailed: October 2018

December 2018 Graduation
Confer date: 12/30/18
Last day to apply: 12/15/18
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 1/30/19
Diplomas mailed: February 2019

January 2019 Graduation
Confer date: 1/30/19
Last day to apply: 1/15/19
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 2/28/19
Diplomas mailed: March 2019

May 2019 Graduation
Confer date: 5/23/19
Last day to apply: 4/15/19
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 6/23/19
Diplomas mailed: July 2019