FCC Graduation & Commencement FCC Graduation & Commencement

FCC Graduation & Commencement

Ceremony Information


When and where is the Commencement ceremony?

Thursday, May 16, 2024
4:30 p.m.
Mount St. Mary’s University
The Knott Arena at the PNC Sports Complex 
16251 Jim Phelan Way 
Emmitsburg, MD  21727 

Will guests be allowed to attend?

Each graduate may request up to eight guest tickets.

Are tickets required?

Yes. All guests, including babies and children, need a ticket.

Do graduates need to RSVP to attend the ceremony?


Eligible graduates will receive an email to their FCC email address in 2024 with an invitation to participate in the ceremony and order a cap and gown.

How early should guests arrive to get seats?

Doors open to guests at 3:00 p.m.

How long is the ceremony?

The Commencement ceremony is typically 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Are there restrictions on what can be brought to the ceremony?

To streamline the check-in process, guests should consider leaving bags or other unnecessary personal belongings at home.  Please arrive early to allow adequate time for check-in.

In order to ensure the safety of all graduates and their guests, please note that guests and their bags will be subject to a security inspection prior to admission.   

Once my graduate is recognized may we leave?

Out of respect for the other graduates, all graduates and their guests are expected to stay until the end of the ceremony.

How will I receive my diploma?

You do not have to participate in the ceremony to receive your diploma or certificate. Printed diplomas are mailed to your address listed in PeopleSoft as follows:

August 2023: Mailed in October 2023

December 2023: Mailed in February 2024

May 2024: Mailed in July 2024



Graduation is a multi-step process consisting of submitting a graduation application, completing all academic requirements for the degree or certificate, and settling all outstanding 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.studentaid.gov. Follow the instructions for exit loan counseling. If you have questions regarding your loan history, contact Financial Aid at 301.846.2620.

Graduation Application Process
Step 1: In your myFCC PeopleSoft account, verify your academic program requirements for your major viewing your FCC transcript and academic advisement report in the Academics Records tile. Contact your assigned academic advisor, faculty mentor, or program manager for assistance.

Step 2: If you have additional credits from another college or university, send official transcripts to FCC and/or request official exam scores to be sent to FCC (CLEP, AP, DSST, PRAXIS, etc.).

Step 3: Submit the Graduation Application by the published deadline.

Associate and Certificate Degrees
Students who anticipate completing the requirements for an associate degree or certificate are required to apply for graduation through their PeopleSoft Student Center or via the Graduation Application Form.

  1. A student can only submit an online PeopleSoft application through their myFCC PeopleSoft Student Center for their current major. If a student is submitting an application for multiple credentials and/or a credential that is not their current major, they will need to submit the Graduation Application Form.
  2. Login to your PeopleSoft account.
  3. Select the Student Center tile.
  4. Under Academics select the drop down menu “other academic.”
  5. Select Apply for Graduation.
  6. Follow form information fields and submit.
  7. It is recommended that a student submit the Graduation Application when they register for their last required course(s). 
  8. After a student submits the Graduation Application, it will be reviewed and the student will receive an email regarding their graduation status. All emails will be sent to the student’s myFCC student email account.
  9. After final grades are posted and the end of a term processing is finalized, final graduation reviews will begin. If a student meets graduation requirements, their credential(s) will be posted to their student record and FCC transcript by posted dates and deadlines.  No additional communication is sent.  However, if a student does not meet graduation requirements by the deadline to award a credential, an updated graduation status email is sent to their myFCC student email account.
  10. Please see the published Dates and Deadlines for Graduation.
  11. Students may check their myFCC PeopleSoft account, Academic Records tile, and view their unofficial transcript to see if a credential(s) has been posted.  Please view your unofficial transcript to make sure your credential has posted before ordering an official transcript request. 

Digital Diplomas for Associate and Certificate Degrees
Frederick Community College is pleased to announce that effective August 2022 the Class of 2023 graduates and future graduates receiving an associate and/or certificate diploma will receive a printed diploma and will be able to retrieve a free certified electronic credential known as CeDiploma or CeCertificate.  Watch an overview video on YouTube to learn more.

Students whose associate and/or certificate credential that was posted on or after August 30, 2022, will receive an email with a link to retrieve their free digital credential when it is available from our trusted partner, CeCredentialTrust. Availability will be when the credential has been printed and mailed following the published Graduation Dates and Deadlines. After the diploma has been printed, graduates will receive an email and information on how to download their digital credential from [email protected] with a subject line that will read: Subject:  Diploma Information: Download your FCC Digital Diploma Now.

Please continue to monitor your email account. To request a new download link, please use the CeCredential Trust site to resend the link.
Students whose associate and/or certificate credentials were posted before August 1, 2022 can order a legacy digital diploma using the duplicate diploma re-order form. The cost to order a legacy digital diploma is $50. Select Legacy CeDiploma from the drop down menu. 

How to Access Your Digital Diploma or Certificate
Please click Your FCC Diploma.

VALIDATE a Digital Diploma or Credential
If you need to validate a FCC CeDiploma or CeCertificate, click here.

Diploma Reprint Request
Use this form to request a reprint of a FCC diploma and/or to request a Legacy CeDiploma- certified digital diploma) Registration & Records is pleased to announce a new, convenient diploma reprint request service through a partnership with Paradigm’s CeCredential Trust. The new service allows graduates to request a reprint of their FCC credential(s). Through a simple, secured online system, graduates complete the online form and make payment. Graduates pay a flat fee of $25.00 for the reprint with shipping included for domestic mailings. International and expedited domestic shipping is available for an additional cost. Students whose associate and/or certificate credentials that were posted before August 1, 2022 can order a legacy digital diploma CeDiploma or CeCertificate. The cost to order a legacy digital diploma is $50. Select Legacy CeDiploma from the drop down menu. To request a printed credential or a digital Legacy credential – click here for CeCredentialTrust Credential Request.  Please contact graduation@frederick.edu for assistance


Graduation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Don’t I just graduate automatically when I have finished my requirements?
No. To graduate from Frederick Community College, you need to submit a graduation application via your myFCC PeopleSoft account in the Student Center tile or Graduation Application Form. All students need to submit a graduation application to be awarded a credential.

What are the qualifications for graduation?
To qualify as a candidate for an associate degree or certificate, students must:

  • Successfully complete a prescribed curriculum as approved by the College and published in the Catalog.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 for all work at the College.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 60 college level credits to award an associate degree. Note: Some majors have additional GPA or final course grade requirements. AAT students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and meet the MSDE requirements (official documents to waive the MSDE requirement must be on file in Registration and Records).
  • Complete a minimum of 15 academic credits at FCC for an associate degree or 25% of required credits at FCC for certificate.

When should I apply to graduate?
Students should apply for graduation when they are in their last semester of classes.  Please refer to the Graduation Dates and Deadlines.  All students need to submit a graduation application to be awarded a credential.  There are three graduation conferral dates for August, December, and May for an academic calendar year.

Do I have to pay a fee to graduate?
There is no fee to apply to graduate (no application fee) or to attend the annual Commencement ceremony. 

Do I have to attend the ceremony in order to receive my diploma?
No. The graduation process and awarding of a credential is separate from the ceremony. FCC encourages you to attend the annual Commencement Ceremony to celebrate and recognize your academic accomplishments, but you do not have to attend in order to award your credential and receive a diploma. All diplomas are mailed to students at the mailing address on file. Please submit a Change of Address Form to update your mailing address.

What requirements do I need to graduate with Honors? There are three levels of honors awarded at the completion of degrees or certificates.

  • High Honors (associate) = a cumulative grade point average of 3.750 to 4.00
  • Honors (associate) = a cumulative grade point average of 3.500 to 3.7490
  • Distinction (certificate) = a cumulative grade point average of 3.750 to 4.00

Honors College Graduates
Students who have successfully completed designated honors courses and who qualify at graduation earn an Honors College transcript notation and may wear the designated Honors College medallion at the Commencement Ceremony to reflect their academic achievement. Students qualify for the Honors College, High Honors designation on the FCC transcript and a gold medallion with 12 honors credits (3 honors credits must be at the 200 level) and a GPA of 3.750 or higher. Students earn an Honors College, Honors designation on the FCC transcript and a silver medallion with 12 honors credits (3 honors credits must be at the 200 level) and a GPA of 3.500-3.7490. Students merit the Honors College designation on the FCC transcript and a bronze medallion with 12 honors credits (3 honors credits must be at the 200 level) and a GPA of 3.250-3.490.  For eligibility and information, please contact the Honors College Coordinator at [email protected].

I am a member of PTK.
For information on PTK eligibility and regalia, please contact Student Leadership & Engagement at [email protected].

What happens if I do not successfully complete all the credits I need for my degree after I apply to graduate?
You will be notified via your myFCC student email account that you did not satisfy your requirements and you may apply again as soon as you register for your remaining classes or meet outstanding requirements.

Additional questions, contact [email protected].


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The graduating Class of 2024 consists of 2023 August, 2023 December, and 2024 May graduates. The Class of 2024 graduates will participate in the 2024 May Commencement Ceremony.

The final step to be awarded an Associate and/or Certificate credential is to submit a graduation application.  Students may submit a Graduation Application online through their myFCC Student Portal by logging into your student PeopleSoft account and following these steps:

 PeopleSoft account ~ Student Center tile ~ under the drop down menu Academics, other academic, select Apply for Graduation.  Enter all fields/information requested and make sure to hit submit.


 Complete and submit the online Graduation Application e-Form, click here

**Students must submit an Application for Graduation through their Student PeopleSoft Account or by completing the graduation application online form by the last date to apply.  If a student is applying for a credential that is not their current major or multiple credentials, the graduation application form must be completed. **
August 2023 Graduation
Last day to apply:  08/01/2023
Posting date (showing on transcript):  No later than 9/30/23
Confer Date:  08/30/2023
Diplomas mailed directly to students:  October 2023

December 2023 Graduation
Last day to apply: 12/01/2023
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 01/30/24
Confer Date: 12/30/2023
Diplomas mailed directly to students:  February 2024

May 2024 Graduation
Last day to apply: 04/01/2024
Posting date (showing on transcript): No later than 6/30/2024
Confer Date/Commencement: 5/16/2024
Diplomas mailed directly to students: July 2024

Ceremony Coordinator
Phone: 301.624.2726

Associate Registrar
Phone: 301.846.2655