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Graduation Information

2019 Commencement

Marshalltown Community College’s 2019 commencement ceremony is Friday, May 10, at 7 pm at the Student Activity Center; the ceremony includes December graduates, as well as those who will complete their graduation requirements in May 2019 or during the summer of 2019. All qualified graduates are encouraged to participate.

If you are unable to attend but would like to watch the ceremony, you can watch it live online at

Graduation Regalia

Candidates for graduation may purchase regalia (includes cap, tassel, and gown for $25.50) beginning at 8 am on April 1, 2019 at the MCC Bookstore. It is required that all attending graduates purchase a cap, tassel, and gown through the MCC Bookstore.  Store hours the week of graduation are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 7 pm on Friday. Unless an exchange is needed, all sales on graduation 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 3.500 or higher, as of April 1, 2019, who attend the ceremony, will be given an honor cord when checking in prior to the ceremony.

Graduation Invitations

Invitations to the graduation ceremony will be available to purchase at the MCC Bookstore for 25¢ each beginning April 2, 2019.

May 10 instructions for graduates

There will not be an actual “practice” before graduation. Graduates will check in at the Babe Harder Gymnasium before 6:30 pm and be given instructions for procession. A staff member will assist you 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. After the appropriate remarks, graduates will be directed to the right side of the stage, where each graduate will hand his or her name card to the reader and wait for his/her name to be read before crossing the stage. At the appropriate time, 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. There is handicap accessible seating in several locations in the Student Activity Center. Doors will be closed at 6:50 and no one will be permitted to enter the Student Activity Center. Overflow or late arrivals will be escorted to the Babe Harder Gymnasium, where the ceremony will be telecast.

Reception outside of Student Activity Center

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.

Graduation Photos

Individual photographs of each graduate will be taken by Lifetouch Photography as candidates cross the stage; a free color proof and order form will be mailed to your home without charge or obligation. Proofs may be viewed online at

The College Marketing Office staff will also be taking photos before, during and after the ceremony for use in College publications and advertising, and on our website. If you don’t 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.

Director of Student Success/Registrar

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen Brown
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