Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations on your accomplishments, Mountain Lions! We wish you the best as you begin a new exciting chapter in your life and are excited to celebrate your successes with you at this year's Commencement Ceremony. As you prepare to take your next steps in life, ensure you are ready to participate in Commencement by reviewing ceremony participation guidelines.

Commencement Overview

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Receive a quick overview of how to prepare for Commencement, what to expect during the ceremony, how seating is handled, and tips for your guests.

Participation Guidelines


All students in all programs are required to apply for graduation on WebAdvisor and be approved in order to participate in commencement. Individuals eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony will be notified via their Student Email Account once your Associate (AA/AS) degree and/or certificate application has been reviewed. Your eligibility to participate as AA/AS degree and/or certificate recipient will be noted in WebAdvisor once you receive an email. If you have not activated your student email account, please do so immediately. All information regarding your degree and/or certificate and commencement ceremony will only be sent to your student email.

The application deadline for spring graduation is April 1.

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It is our goal to provide a ceremony that is festive, formal, and memorable to all our graduates and guests. We ask for your help in making the ceremony a pleasant experience for all by attentively considering the rights and feelings of the other participants and guests.

The ceremony is marked by dignity and seriousness where the conferring of degrees signifies long, hard work on the part of everyone involved: students, faculty, staff, administrators and families. Everyone in attendance is expected to maintain a measure of decorum consistent with the occasion:

  • Students must wear appropriate academic regalia.
  • Items that detract from the ceremonies are prohibited (umbrellas, bullhorns, beach balls, large signs, etcetera).
  • All electronic devices should be silenced or turned off during the ceremony.
  • Graduates and guests must remain seated until the ceremony concludes unless otherwise instructed during the ceremony.

If you have been notified that you are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony, we highly recommend purchasing your regalia in advance for proper fitting. Commencement regalia is on sale at the MVC Bookstore, in-person or online. You must purchase your regalia from the college that you applied for graduation. Regalia for AA/AS degree recipients differs from the regalia of certificate recipients.

If you are in a specialized program such as Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Extended Opportunity Program Services (EOPS), Puente, Veterans, or Umoja, verify with your program information on additional program specific regalia and other critical dates.

Associate Degree Recipient Regalia

AA/AS Degree graduates must purchase the cap, gown, tassel, and hood. All caps and gowns must be teal in color. The associate degree regalia package includes cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Students can purchase an XL cap if needed. Eligible students may also be able to purchase an honor cord.

  • The Bookstore will have the approved list of students graduating with distinction or great distinction. If you are graduating with distinction, you will purchase a tassel. If you are graduating with great distinction, you will purchase a tassel and an honor cord. Both are available in the Bookstore.

Certificate Recipient Regalia

Certificate graduates must purchase the cap, gown and tassel. All caps and gowns must be teal in color. Students can purchase an XL cap if needed. Certificate graduates are not eligible to purchase a tassel and hood.

For Students Experiencing Financial Hardship

Thank you for your interest in this program. We have reached the maximum number of students that we can support with regalia purchases.

Regalia Requirements

  1. Wear the correct regalia for your highest academic award (degree or certificate).
  2. At MVC, we honor your individuality and support decorated graduation caps. However, we ask that if you choose to do so, the cap must be decorated in good taste, and no foul language or explicit images are allowed. 
  3. No other changes to any other part of your regalia is allowed. Your honor society ropes and your programmatic sashes have already been pre-approved

Students will be arranged first by degree recipients with required regalia followed by certificate recipients with required regalia.

Assistance for Students with Disabilities

Students who need special assistance, contact Disability Support Services. For information about disabled parking and wheelchair access, view the college map.

Procession and Seating Order

  1. Associated Student MVC (ASMVC) Associate Degree Graduates
  2. Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Graduates
  3. Dental Assistant Associate Degree Graduates
  4. General Associate Degree Graduates
  5. Dental Assistant Certificate Graduates
  6. General Certificate Graduates

Your seating placement may be affected by your regalia

If you have applied and are eligible for both an associate degree and certificate, you will be required to march and sit per the regalia you purchased. Students in specialized programs such as Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, EOPS, Puente, or Umoja will be required to march and sit per the procession and seating order. There are no exemptions to regalia and seating order.

  • Example 1: If you are eligible for both an associate degree and certificate but decided to purchase the certificate regalia, you will be required to march and sit with certificate graduates.
  • Example 2: If you are graduating with your associate degree, you must purchase the associate degree recipient required regalia and will be required to march and sit with associate degree graduates.
  • Example 3: If you are graduating with a certificate, you must purchase the certificate recipient required regalia and will be required to march and sit with certificate graduates.

Ceremony Rehearsal

Commencement rehearsals will not be held in person. Instead, students have access to an watch an informational video that covers Commencement Ceremony procedure, procession and egress, and more. All graduating students should watch the short overview.

Watch the Ceremony Overview Video



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