Fall 2021 Commencement Procedures

 

Commencement Ceremony Procedures 

An in-person commencement rehearsal for the McLennan 2021 Fall Commencement Exercises will be conducted at 10 a.m. December 10, 2021. Graduates are encouraged to attend the rehearsal. Graduates will be issued four tickets for guests. Graduates can pick up tickets for guests at Highlander Central in the Enrollment Services Center at the following times: 

Option 1 - Highlander Central (Enrollment Services Building) 
 
Dates/Times Available:   
 
November 30, Dec 1, 2, 6, 7, 8     8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
 
December 3                                  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
 
Option 2 - Pick up at rehearsal Friday, December 10 (Waco Convention Center) 
 
Rehearsal starts at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available after rehearsal at or close to the Events Office across from Chisholm Hall. 
 
*Please note tickets will not be available at Highlander central on December 10th.  

Graduates can also pickup tickets for guests during the rehearsal.  

Please read the instructions below carefully. The 2021 Fall Commencement Exercises will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. December 11, 2021, at Chisholm Hall at the Waco Convention Center. 

Preparation for the Ceremony 

We wish the best for each of our graduates and want to preserve the honor and dignity of this special occasion. We request that graduates arrive on time, and refrain from loud talking, and the use of air horns, noisemakers, and cell phones so that everyone can enjoy the ceremony. 

Our goal is to conduct a safe and memorable ceremony. The following COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be implemented: 

  • Graduates will have four tickets for guests. The ceremony will be livestreamed.
  • Graduates will not participate in a processional or recessional; they will be directed to a designated seat.  
  • Face masks are recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Chairs will be spaced two feet apart
  • Sanitizing stations will be available.
  • Graduates will not shake hands with the presidential stage party.

  

  1. Graduates should arrive by 9:15 a.m. on December 11, 2021, at the Chisholm Hall at the Waco Convention Center. Graduates should obtain caps, gowns, and tassels from the McLennan Community College Bookstore prior to the ceremony and wear these items to the ceremony. Graduates will check in at one of two locations on the second floor of the Waco Convention Center. (Please click here to see a diagram.) During check-in graduates will be provided with their seat number and will be directed to their seat. (Due to COVID-19 precautions there will not be a procession or recession.)  Ushers will be available to assist graduates with finding their seat. Graduate name cards, diplomas, honor plaques for highest honor graduates, honor and military cords will be placed in graduate seats before graduates arrive. Honor cords and military cords should be worn around the neck. If you are a member of an honor society, please contact your honor society advisor before December 11 to obtain your cord, medallion or stole. Please bring your cord, medallion or stole to the ceremony. Honor advisors will not be available the night of the commencement to distribute these items.
  2. Graduates should secure valuables before the ceremony begins. Graduates should not carry purses or other objects.
  3. Graduates should wear nice attire under their robes. Men are encouraged to wear trousers and dress shirts and shoes and ladies are encouraged to wear nice dresses, or slacks and blouses with appropriate shoes.
  4. Caps should be worn with the top flat rather than slanted with tassels on the right side of the cap during the ceremony.
  5. Graduates may decorate their caps. All decorations must be flat and should not extend off the top of the cap. Graduates will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony if decorations do not meet the guidelines or the decorations are deemed inappropriate or offensive. Please do not attach large bows.

Commencement Ceremony 

  1. The ceremony will begin with the Celtex Pipes & Drum playing a song. Graduates should stand as the as the Presidential stage party marches to the stage and remain standing until directed to be seated.
  2. The presiding officer will ask those who are veterans or active military to stand and be recognized. Next, the presiding officer will ask everyone to stand for the National Anthem, and men should remove their caps.
  3. After the National Anthem, the presiding officer will direct everyone to be seated, and caps should be put back on. 
  4. The ceremony will proceed in order as listed in the program.
  5. At the appropriate time, the Vice President of Instruction & Student Engagement and the President of the McLennan Community College Board of Trustees will direct the graduates to stand for the certification.
  6. The graduates will be certified. The graduates will be directed to be seated.
  7. The Vice President of Instruction & Student Engagement will direct the graduates to come to the stage, one row at a time, to be congratulated and to take a picture. Graduates will bring their name card and diploma to the stage. The name card will be given to the presenter at the podium. 
  8. The presenter will announce the names of the graduates as they step up to the stage. The graduates will walk to the middle of the stage with their diploma and take a picture. Face coverings may be removed for all pictures. The College President and another member of the stage party will be included in the picture. Social distancing will be maintained as the picture is taken. (Due to COVID-19 safety precautions graduates will not shake hands with members of the stage party.)  The graduates will exit the stage and take a second picture.
  9. Graduates will return to their seats.
  10. The ceremony will be completed as listed in the program.
  11. Before the presidential stage party exits the stage, the presiding officer will direct the graduates to move their tassels from the right to the left side of their caps.
  12. After the presidential stage party exits the stage, the graduates will be directed to exit the building.  

Presentation of Highest Honor Graduates 

  1. Highest Honor Graduates will be seated together, and their name card, diploma, and honor plaque will be placed in their seats prior to the ceremony. The highest honor graduates will walk to the stage with their row bringing their name card, diploma, and honor plaque.
  2. Before the Highest Honor Graduate names are announced, the Vice President of Instruction & Student Engagement will say a few words about the significance of being a Highest Honor Graduate.
  3. The Highest Honor Graduates will give their name card to the presenter to be announced individually. The highest honor graduates will walk to the middle of the stage and remain there while the presenter reads the Highest Honor Graduate personal biographical information.
  4. The Highest Honor Graduates will take a picture at the center stage. Face coverings may be removed for all pictures. The College President and another member of the stage party will be included in the picture. Social distancing will be maintained as the picture is taken. (Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, graduates will not shake hands with members of the stage party.) The Highest Honor Graduates will exit the stage, take a second picture, and return to their seats.
  5. The ceremony will be completed as listed in the program.
  6. Before the presidential stage party exits the stage, the presiding officer will direct the graduates to move their tassels from the right to the left side of their caps.
  7. After the presidential stage party exits the stage, the graduates will be directed to exit the building.