Frederick Community College Commencement

Graduates

FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2020 COMMENCEMENT

Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m.
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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 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 in May. August and December 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, 2020.

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 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 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 and register their intent to participate in Commencement. Please note caps, gowns and tickets will not be available until Monday, May 4- gown selection and sizes are limited to stock on hand.

**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. 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, 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, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 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 4 - 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 19 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Check-in begins at 1:30 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 (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 5:00 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 Commencement Ceremony Student Speaker.

Campus Map

 

Contact Information


Ceremony Coordinator
Phone: 301.624.2726
Associate Registrar
Phone: 301.846.2655
 

2019/2020 Graduation Dates & Deadlines


August 2019 Graduation
Confer Date: 8/30/2019
Last day to apply: 08/15/2019
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 9/30/19
Diplomas mailed directly to students: October 2019

December 2019 Graduation
Confer Date: 12/30/2019
Last day to apply: 12/15/2019
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 1/30/20
Diplomas mailed: February 2020

May 2020 Graduation
Confer Date/Commencement: 5/21/2020
Last day to apply: 04/01/2020
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 6/21/2020
Diplomas mailed: July 2020