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Commencement

Congratulations, Future Copper Mountain College Graduates!

澳门太阳成首页 2020 Commencement Ceremony

Bell Center Gymnasium, Main Campus

Thursday, May 21, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Commencement 2020 is postponed. Date yet to be determined.

Starts at 5:45pm

Graduates arrive by 4:45pm

Your completion of an AA/AS Degree is a goal worth celebrating. This is an invitation for you to highlight your accomplishment by participating in the college-wide Commencement Ceremony. The following information will provide you with specific instructions regarding your participation.

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STEPS TO GRADUATION AND PARTICIPATING IN COMMENCEMENT

Review the steps below.

1. Petition for a Degree “ Intent to Earn an Associate Degree

Petitions are accepted in Admissions & Records until March 1, 2020

2. Receive an Invitation to Participate in Commencement Via Your 澳门太阳成首页 Student Email

Students who were awarded degrees during the previous fall and those who petition in the spring and summer will receive an email from Student Services by mid-April.

This email contains information about the ceremony and the Intent to Participate form, which must be returned to the Office of Student Services by May 1st TBD .

3. Return Intent to Participate Form to Student Services

Be sure to return the Participation Form  included in your invitation email to participate by the May 1st TBD deadline. This confirms your participation in Commencement.

4. Purchase Cap, Gown, and Announcements

All Commencement participants are required to wear a black cap and gown. You may purchase your cap and gown in the General Ernie Reid Bookstore. Cost of the cap, gown and custom tassel is usually under $50. You may also purchase announcements at the Bookstore.

Congratulations again on achieving this milestone in your education. If you have any questions about the graduation process or graduation eligibility, please email Janie Ramstorf at jramstorf@cmccd.edu

2020 Commencement Ceremony

When:Thursday, May 21, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Commencement 2020 is postponed. Date yet to be determined.

Where: Copper Mountain College, The Bell Center Campus Map Bell Center Layout for GradsBell Center Layout for Guests

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During the commencement ceremony, you will be handed the cover for your degree. Degrees may be available for pick-up in Student Services after the Board of Trustees meeting in August 2020, for all candidates who completed their requirements. You will be notified by your 澳门太阳成首页 student email account when your degree is available for pick-up in Student Services. If you move, please email Janie Ramstorf jramstorf@cmccd.edu to update your address to ensure you receive your degree.

Commencement at a Glance:

Commencement Information for the Student  – TBD

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Intent to Participate in Commencement Ceremony

Grads must submit an Intent to Participate form by May 1st TBD indicating whether or not they are walking on May 21st TBD. This form is used to plan all things Commencement by the Committee.

Intent to Participate – Associate Degree – if you have any questions about the graduation process or graduation eligibility, please email Janie Ramstorf at jramstorf@cmccd.edu

See below for Graduation Requirements


Commencement Rehearsal

When: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 9am TBD

Where: Copper Mountain College, Campus Map Bell Center Layout for Grads

A faculty hosted breakfast in honor of 澳门太阳成首页 graduates immediately follows rehearsal in the Bell Center Community Room at approximately 10am. Remember, the rehearsal breakfast is not an activity designed to include guests.


2020 Graduate Recognition Ceremony on Base – Active Duty Military, Veterans, & Family Members

If you are an active duty service member, veteran, military dependent and a 澳门太阳成首页 graduate or certificate of achievement recipient during the fall 2019, spring 2020, or summer 2020, Copper Mountain College, along with the MCAGCC Education Office, would like to invite you to be honored at our annual Graduate Recognition Ceremony. This ceremony is TBD at TBD in the Protestant Chapel aboard the Combat Center. Rehearsal is at TBD on TBD in the Protestant Chapel aboard the Combat Center.

Please see flyer for additional details and to RSVP – TBD

MCAGCC Base Graduate Recognition Ceremony Letter – TBD


Cap & Gown Information for Students

Graduates and candidates will wear black-colored caps and gowns, which are available at the bookstore beginning March 4th. Please see the pricing flyer — or check with the Campus Bookstore for prices at 760-366-3791, ext. 4272.

澳门太阳成首页 has maintained the integrity of the academic dress/regalia tradition as prescribed by the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions. ACE does not permit graduates to wear adornments or other embellishments with their Cap and Gown, except for Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma, 澳门太阳成首页-recognized Academic Honor Societies. At this time, 澳门太阳成首页 graduates are required to adhere to this timely tradition of not wearing leis, adornments, wearing of RN or VN pins, or other embellishments for the commencement ceremony and will be asked to remove any of these items prior to the ceremony and may not be permitted to participate if they refuse.

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is denoted by the wearing of the Gold Honor Stole, a Blue and Gold Double Honor Cord, and/or a Gold Tassel. The Gold Key Medallion may not be worn. It does not denote academics; it denotes community service and should not be worn.

Membership in Alpha Beta Gamma is denoted by the wearing of the Sapphire Blue Satin Stole.

The Student Veterans of 澳门太阳成首页 are permitted to wear Red, White & Blue recognition cords to signify their former and current military service. 澳门太阳成首页’s Service Club wears Copper & Teal; EOPS wears Silver; AS澳门太阳成首页 wears Peacock Blue, and the American Sign Language Club wears Red, Black, and Silver recognition cords.

Verified transfer students are permitted to wear a medallion signifying their acceptance into a 4-year college or university.

Your degree is the pinnacle of Commencement. Therefore, no other uniforms may be worn in lieu of the Cap and Gown and no RN or VN pins may be worn with the Cap & Gown.


Photographs

No arrangements have been made for a professional portrait photographer to be at the ceremony; however, a decorated backdrop will be provided in the Bell Center for personal photos. DO NOT fall for any photography scam by persons claiming to be school photographers!


What Parents and Visitors Should Know

There are no guest tickets. All guest seating is in the bleachers.

There is very limited parking. Please carpool with family and friends.

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Due to Fire Code Regulations, if seating is not available in the Gymnasium, guests must remain in the lobby.


Accommodations for Persons with Special Needs

The event will be held in the Bell Center. Accommodations will be made for persons with special needs. If you have any concerns, please contact the ACCESS Office (formerly DSPS) at 760-366-3791, ext. 5862.

Campus Map

Bell Center Layout for Guests


Transfer Students

How would you like your University acceptance letter and picture displayed on campus? There is a bulletin board posted in the 100 and 200 Quads dedicated in your honor. It’s our way of saying “Congratulations” and “A Job Well Done.” If you are interested in this privilege, please contact Cassie Nafziger or Josh King in Student Services at 760-366-3791, ext. 5867 or 5895. FLYER 

澳门太阳成首页 is proud to offer transfer students a transfer scholarship!! See Enclosed Flyer for Details 

Graduation Requirements

 

Students are responsible for meeting the full requirements for graduation as set forth in the College Catalog. Counselors assist students in planning their program of study, but the final responsibility for meeting education requirements rests with the student. Students must complete an Intent to Earn an Associate Degree form the semester prior to graduation. The deadline to file an Intent to Earn an Associate Degree is October 1st for Fall graduates and March 1st for Spring & Summer anticipated graduates. Minimum Graduation Requirements To be eligible for graduation with an Associate degree the student must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Have passed all courses specified and required in the student’s chosen program of study.
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all required courses attempted at the College.
  • Have taken and passed at least 12 semester credit hours in residency at 澳门太阳成首页.
  • Have paid all financial obligations owed to the College.
  • Have filed with the Office of Student Services an intent to earn an associate degree (graduate) one semester prior to the student’s final semester.

Honors at Graduation Copper Mountain Community College encourages scholarship among students through formal recognition of those who graduate with honors. Grade point average (GPA) is cumulative and includes all college work completed at 澳门太阳成首页 and all degree-applicable coursework completed at other colleges/universities. To recognize academic accomplishment, students completing associate degree programs with prescribed cumulative grade point averages are recognized at the college commencement exercises and degrees awarded, as honor students.

Honor GPA
 Highest Honors  3.90-4.00
 High Honors  3.75-3.89
 Academic Distinction  3.50-3.74

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Intent to Earn an Associate Degree
Important! Please be sure to have official transcripts from all the colleges you have attended on file in the Admissions and Records Office. Your degree cannot be conferred until ALL official transcripts with ALL degree applicable grades earned at all transfer colleges attended are on file. For more information, please call (760) 366-3791, ext. 4232. Whether or not you plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony, you must apply for a graduation evaluation of your records by March 1st, if you wish to have a May graduation date posted on your transcript.

GPA and Honors

Graduating students participating in Commencement will receive a separate email containing their cumulative GPA (calculated through the previous fall) and honors if applicable. The District recognizes academic accomplishment by awarding associate degrees with Highest Honors, High Honors, and Academic Distinction designations. All degree-applicable work from all transfer colleges attended will be included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average for graduation honors. To recognize academic accomplishment, students completing associate degree programs with prescribed cumulative grade point averages are to be recognized through the college commencement exercises and degrees awarded as honor students. Academic Renewal requests prior to graduation will not be processed for graduation honors. Graduation with Honors is the most comprehensive academic honor because it is cumulative. While President’s List and Honor Roll awards are made on a semester basis, Graduation with Honors is based on all degree-applicable grades earned at all transfer colleges attended, with a final overall GPA no less than 3.50. All transcripts from other colleges must be on file in the Office of Student Services prior to filing a “Request for Evaluation”. Board Policy 6540.2: “All degree applicable work from all transfer colleges attended will be included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average for graduation honors.” Requests to disregard transcripts containing degree-applicable work with poor grades cannot be honored. Academic Renewal requests prior to graduation will not be processed for graduation honors. Commencement is held the last day of the spring semester when the majority of spring grades have not yet been received or posted to transcripts and commencement programs are already printed. For the purpose of the commencement ceremony, honors will be calculated on grades earned through the previous fall semester. However, final grades for spring & summer graduates will be available and included in the calculation of honors for notation on the official transcripts, which will be available several weeks AFTER commencement. If you are graduating with Academic Distinction, High Honors, or Highest Honors, it will be noted as your name is announced during the commencement ceremony, and printed in the commencement program. Student honors status is based on one of the following cumulative GPAs:

  1. Student cumulative GPA is based on all degree applicable lower division grades earned at all colleges attended through fall 2019 equals 3.90 – 4.00. Student will graduate with Highest Honors. OR
  2. Student cumulative GPA is based on all degree applicable lower division grades earned at all colleges attended through fall 2019 equals 3.75 – 3.89. Student will graduate with High Honors. OR
  3. Student cumulative GPA is based on all degree applicable lower division grades earned at all colleges attended through fall 2019 equals 3.50 – 3.74. Student will graduate with Academic Distinction. OR
  4. Student cumulative GPA is based on all degree applicable lower division grades earned at all colleges attended through fall 2019 is below 3.50. Student GPA qualifies you for graduation, but not for honors status.

If a student questions their assessment of honor status, they can double-check it by adding ALL degree-applicable lower division units from ALL colleges on file through the end of the fall semester, not counting repeated courses. If there are any transcripts from the quarter system, student must convert the units to semester units prior to calculating the grade point average (GPA). Multiply quarter units by .66 before adding to semester units. Then add up all grade points following the same guidelines, including quarter to semester conversions. Divide the points by the units to arrive at the GPA. If student calculation results in a different honor status than reported above, student may contact Student Services, by May 1st to have it double-checked. Then, if a change is warranted, the new honor status can be entered before Commencement programs go to print. Recalculation of GPA the day of commencement in order to be announced is not possible.


Honor Graduate Speaker The Honor Graduate Speaker is chosen from a select group of students graduating from Copper Mountain College with “Highest” or “High Honors.”  This recognition is bestowed on students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00, through the previous fall semester and includes grades for all degree applicable work from all transfer colleges attended in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. Towards the end of March, students meeting the GPA requirement, will be invited to complete an application and submit an essay to be considered as the Honor Graduate Speaker at Commencement. In April/May, the Commencement Committee will review received applications and hear applicant’s speeches. Within a week, the selected applicant will be notified.  

What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

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Dos and Don’ts for Commencement Day:

If you want to participate in Commencement you must abide by the following guidelines:      

  • DO remember to attend the mandatory rehearsal at 9am on the day of commencement at the Bell Center.
  • DO remember to iron your gown before the event (cool iron).
  • DO remember to bring extra bobby pins to secure your cap (optional).
  • DO wear the cap straight, pulled down over the forehead. Caps should be worn at all times during the ceremony by men, except during the National Anthem.
  • DO make sure your regular-sized 澳门太阳成首页 tassel is draped over the left front corner of the cap (no mega tassels).
  • DO show up to the Bell Center Gymnasium by 4:45pm SHARP to start lining up.
  • DON’T bring any illegal substances or alcoholic beverages with you to the event. Coolers, bottles, and alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted at the ceremony.
  • DON’T wear leis, adornments, RN or VN pins, other embellishments. You will be asked to remove any of these items prior to the ceremony and may not be permitted to participate if you refuse.
  • DO leave all personal belongings (coats, purses etc.) at home or with family.
  • DO plan to line up with your friends who are graduating and enjoy your accomplishment!!
When will I receive my degree - 2020?

When Will I Receive My Degree? Students graduating in Spring 2020, who have met ALL graduation requirements (including completion of reading assessment and official transcripts for ALL degree-applicable work completed at ALL colleges attended on file in A&R), your degrees will be available for pick-up after the August 2020 Board of Trustees meeting, which at this time is scheduled for August xxth. The reason for this is:

  • ALL grades have to be entered and posted. Anticipated date this year: May 28th.
  • The bulk of reviewing degree audits for requirement completion is completed in June and July.
  • We have 200+ degree audits to review to ensure students met their spring 2020 requirements.
  • After reviewing them, the Dean of Student Services reviews each one and signs off on them.
  • They are then posted to the student’s transcript, which is a multi-step process.
  • Degrees are printed and sent to the Board of Trustees for signatures.
  • Student Services generally receives the degrees on the Monday after the BOT meeting and then begins emailing students to notify them their degrees are available for pick-up.

PLEASE NOTE: At other colleges, this process can take up to 6 months. Degrees are not mailed. Students will receive an email via their 澳门太阳成首页 student email letting them know when their degree is available for pick-up.

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