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Modesto Junior College knows that these are challenging times filled with change and uncertainty.  Every decision that our college makes includes many discussions and considerations prior to a final decision being made.  

Our graduation ceremony has been one of the hardest topics we have had to discuss.  We know how hard students work to get to that special moment and how important it is to celebrate such a special milestone. 

After consulting with the Associated Students and the MJC Commencement Committee, Modesto Junior College has decided to postpone the graduation ceremony scheduled for May 1.  

MJC is fully committed to celebrating our graduates as soon as possible.  While we desire to have a ceremony in the traditional format, if it is deemed that a traditional ceremony cannot take place MJC will hold a virtual ceremony.

We thank everyone for their understanding, we are all in this together!   

Last update 3/30/2020

ALL GRADUATION ACTIVITIES & SERVICES LISTED ON THIS PAGE ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Graduate Information

What Do I Do on Graduation Day?

  1. Graduates need to report to the MJC East Campus Gymnasium by 4:30pm
  2. When you arrive be sure to completely fill out your name card
  3. Faculty Ushers will line you up for the ceremony and walk you out to the stadium.
  4. The official start time of the graduation ceremony is 6:00pm

Special Accommodations for Graduates

Should you require wheelchair seating or any other accommodations for the graduation ceremony please call 575-6986

Caps, Gowns, and Honor Cords (Orders have been placed on hold due to Commencement Postponement)

The pick-up of caps, gowns, and honor cords have all been placed on hold due to "Commencement Postponement." The Caps, gowns, and honor cords has been paid by the Associated Student of MJC. To be eligible for a free cap and gown you must fill out the degree completion form online.

The graduation cap and gown package includes the tassel; tassels are available separately as well. No advance measurements are necessary. For more information about class and graduation souvenirs, call 575-6840.

Honor Cords

Honor cords are given to students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. If you do qualify for honor cords they will be part of your cap and gown package available in the MJC Bookstore.

In Case of Rain

If it rains, the graduation ceremony will be relocated to the West Campus ACE Pavilion, and guest tickets are required and limited to four per graduate. (The Pavilion has limited seating and ticket holders are accepted at the doors on a first-come, first-served basis until Pavilion is filled to capacity. Turned away ticket holders can watch via live feed in the

MSR Student Learning Center, and in Sierra Hall, Rooms 132 and 137. When the graduation ceremony is held in the Stadium, tickets are not required and graduates may invite as many guests as they would like. Rain tickets for the ceremony will be issued in the Bookstore when picking up caps and gowns. (Do not lose rain tickets, replacements will not be issued.) In the event of rain, the 4:30 p.m. Student Line-Up will take place in ACE Pavilion. The Commencement Reception will immediately follow in the ACE Pavilion. Please check your school email in the days leading up to graduation for any important updates or changes.

Graduation Receptions

Graduates, family, and friends are invited to the graduation reception in the Student Center following the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Luncheon

MJC will host a luncheon for graduates and certificate completers. The Graduation Luncheon will be on:
Friday, April 24, 2020
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
West Campus, MSR Student Center. Luncheon
begins at 12:00 p.m. Tickets: $12 each at the
MJC Bookstore
575-6840

How should I dress?

Dress up if you would like, after all, it’s a celebration! Please dress according to the weather as clothing is required under gown. You will be walking on the track and grassy areas. A flat, low heel and/ or a wedge type shoe is recommended. Sunscreen is also recommended. Remember, personal belongings cannot be left in the Gym. Cap decorating is acceptable as long as it is clean/appropriate

Can I leave Early

Out of respect for all who are graduating and their family and friends we ask that all graduates remain seated until the completion of the ceremony. The ceremony typically last 90 minutes-2 hours.

When will I receive my diploma?

Official diplomas will be available in the Evaluations Office after June 30. Graduates will receive information by student e-mail notifying them of the pick-up date.

Will professional photographs be taken?

Photographs will be taken as each student crosses the stage. Proofs along with order forms will be mailed to each student 5-7 days following Commencement. For further questions, please contact Grad Images directly online at: gradimages.com

Are personal photographs allowed?

Photographs are permitted during the ceremony. Please be mindful of blocking the view of others and remain seated.


Family, Friends & Guest Information

Special Accommodations for Graduates

Should you require wheelchair seating or any other accommodations for the graduation ceremony please call 575-6986. For family members each person with a special needs seating accommodation will be allowed one guest only, as seating is limited. Additional ADA parking is available in Parking Lot #108.
(ADA Placard required),

In Case of Rain

If it rains, the graduation ceremony will be relocated to the West Campus ACE Pavilion, and guest tickets are required and limited to four per graduate. (The Pavilion has limited seating and ticket holders are accepted at the doors on a first-come, first-served basis until Pavilion is filled to capacity. Turned away ticket holders can watch via live feed in the

MSR Student Learning Center, and in Sierra Hall, Rooms 132 and 137. When the graduation ceremony is held in the Stadium, tickets are not required and graduates may invite as many guests as they would like. Rain tickets for the ceremony will be issued in the Bookstore when picking up caps and gowns. (Do not lose rain tickets, replacements will not be issued.) In the event of rain, the 4:30 p.m. Student Line-Up will take place in ACE Pavilion. The Commencement Reception will immediately follow in the ACE Pavilion. Please check your school email in the days leading up to graduation for any important updates or changes.

Graduation Receptions

Graduates, family, and friends are invited to the graduation reception in the Student Center following the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Luncheon

MJC will host a luncheon for graduates and certificate completers. The Graduation Luncheon will be on:
Friday, April 24, 2020
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
West Campus, MSR Student Center. Luncheon
Begins at 12:00 p.m. Tickets: $12 each at the
MJC Bookstore
575-6840

How should I dress?

Dress up if you would like, after all, it’s a celebration! Please dress according to the weather as clothing is required under gown. You will be walking on the track and grassy areas. A flat, low heel and/ or a wedge type shoe is recommended. Sunscreen is also recommended. Remember, personal belongings cannot be left in the Gym. Cap decorating is acceptable as long as it is clean/appropriate

Can I Graduates Leave Early

Out of respect for all who are graduating and their family and friends we ask that all graduates remain seated until the completion of the ceremony. The ceremony typically last 90 minutes-2 hours. Family members, friends, and guests can meet their graduate at the north end of the stadium (opposite side of the graduation ceremony)

Will professional photographs be taken?

Photographs will be taken as each student crosses the stage. Proofs along with order forms will be mailed to each student 5-7 days following Commencement. For further questions, please contact Grad Images directly online at: gradimages.com

Are personal photographs allowed?

Photographs are permitted during the ceremony. Please be mindful of blocking the view of others and remain seated.

Are balloons or air horns allowed at the ceremony?

No. Balloons, air horns, poppers and cow bells are not permitted in the stadium.

Will security be present at the ceremony?

Yes. Security will be performing bag checks at the gate to prevent the presence of weapons, alcohol, and drugs on campus.

Why Are Some Graduates Names not in the Program?

Student’s who didn’t submit the program graduation/degree completion paperwork by the required deadline are not able to be included in the program.