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Commencement Information

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2022 Commencement

Marshalltown Community College’s 2022 commencement ceremony is Friday, May 13th, at 7 pm at the Student Activity Center. The ceremony will include December 2021 graduates, as well as those who will complete their graduation requirements in May 2022 or during the summer of 2022. Additionally, graduates from the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years are invited to attend this year’s ceremony. All qualified graduates are encouraged to participate.

Commencement Regalia

Candidates for commencement may purchase regalia (includes cap, tassel, and gown) for $29.50 at the MCC Bookstore starting in April. It is required that all attending graduates purchase a cap, tassel, and gown through the MCC Bookstore. Store hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Regalia can also be purchased from the bookstore online. Unless an exchange is needed, all sales on commencement regalia are final.

Please wear appropriate attire under your gown. Shoes and clothing should be appropriate for the occasion; please do not wear flip-flops.

Students with a career total grade point average of 3.50 or higher, as of April 1, 2022, who attend the ceremony, will be given an honor cord when checking in prior to the ceremony.

May 13th instructions for graduates

Graduates will check in at the Babe Harder Gymnasium before 6:30 pm and be given instructions for the procession. Staff members will assist the graduates during the lineup process. Students arriving late will be seated as space allows.

Designated staff will lead graduates into the Student Activities Center promptly at 7 pm and direct them to the appropriate seats. Students should continue to stand after the processional music stops. Men should remove their caps and keep them off during the address to the graduates, putting them back on before the scholastic awards.

During the processional and ceremony, tassels should be worn on the right side of the mortarboard. At the appropriate time, graduates will be directed to the right side of the stage, where each graduate will hand their name card to the reader and wait for their name to be read before crossing the stage. Upon completing the, the entire group will be directed to move the tassels to the left side.

Event seating

There is no reserved seating for families and guests. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 5:45 pm. All guests must be seated by 6:50 pm at which time doors will be closed and no one will be permitted to enter the Student Activity Center. There is handicap accessible seating in several locations in the Student Activity Center. Overflow or late arrivals will be escorted to the Babe Harder Gymnasium, where the ceremony will be telecast.


A reception for all graduates, their families, and friends will be held immediately following the ceremony outside of the Student Activity Center (weather permitting). Please ask all family members and guests to celebrate with you there. The rain location will be in Babe Harder Gymnasium.

Commencement Photos

The College Marketing Office staff will be taking photos before, during, and after the ceremony for use in College publications and advertising, and on our website. If you do not want to be photographed, just let our photographer(s) know.

Event Parking

See the map for specifics on where to park.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s office at 641-844-5706 or by email.

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