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MCC Commencement (Graduation)

Ceremony Information

Celebrating As One MCC

Commencement Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 16th, 2019, Municipal Auditorium.

Recommend a MCC Student Speaker for Commencement 2019

Tickets are not required. If you have a disability and need special ceremony accommodations, contact Ashley Fagan,, 816.604.1426 no later than April 12, 2019.

Making History In Historic Municipal Auditorium

Built in 1934, Municipal Auditorium was part of a "Ten Year Plan" championed by politicians including Harry S. Truman. With its streamlined, modern style, it was called one of the 10 best buildings of the world for 1935 by the Architectural Record. Today it is considered one of the 500 most important architectural works in the United States.

Municipal AuditoriumPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt was keynote speaker for the dedication of this Kansas City landmark, and nearly every president since then has campaigned there. The auditorium includes an arena and a separate Music Hall and ballroom. The building has hosted performances by Elvis and Louis Armstrong, the Kansas City Philharmonic, countless Broadway shows, nine NCAA Final Fours, and many NAIA Men’s Division 2 basketball tournaments.

Ceremony Information

Your attire: what to wear

  • Your cap and gown are black. Make sure you wear complementary colors under your gown as there is a slight “V” neckline in the gowns and a portion of your shirt will show. Also, the bottom of your legs and feet are visible, so wear appropriate shoes (no tennis shoes).
  • Caps are worn on the top of the head, not tilted off the back or side. Hairpins will help secure your cap in place.
  • Your tassels should be worn on the right, front-side of the cap until you are told to move them to the other side. The color of the tassel is MCC blue and white.
  • The only accessories allowed over your gown are Phi Theta Kappa honors or student leadership stoles/cords. See your campus life and leadership office for details.


  • You should have received five complimentary announcements with your cap and gown. If you would like to buy personalized announcements, you may order them at your campus’ commencement fair or on-line at Jostens.  
  • Be sure to mail your announcements to guests at least ten days prior to graduation.
  • Tickets are not required to attend the commencement ceremony.  You may invite as many friends and family members as you wish. 

 Parking (download the PDF)  

  • Municipal Auditorium occupies the block bounded by 13th, 14th, Wyandotte and Central streets. It is adjacent to Bartle Hall.
  • The main underground parking lot across the street from Municipal Auditorium has space for 1,000 vehicles ($10). There are 10 other public or private parking lots in the area, with prices ranging from $8 to $12 per car.
  • ADA accessible parking is available in Barney Allis Plaza garage on level 2 at the south end. These parking spaces are near the tunnel that leads to Municipal Auditorium and the Convention Center. 
  • There will likely be other commencements occurring at or around the same time as yours, so let your guests know they should plan to arrive early.

 Before the ceremony

  • Doors open at 5 p.m.  
  • Campus receptions begin at 5 p.m. (campus give-aways, photo opportunities, alumni information, cookies, punch) 
  • ADA accessible seating is located on the upper level to the right of the stage. Use elevator in the west hallway to access seating. These spaces will be clearly marked. 
  • Professional photographers will be available both inside and outside from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Commencement line-up begins at 6:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine Level of Municipal Auditorium. Assistants will organize the line-up.
  • A ceremony program will be in your seat, so do not take one from the ushers. Programs for your guests will be available at the main entrance.
  • You will not be allowed to carry anything with you during the processional except the Reader Card you received in your Commencement Information Packet. This card will be used to announce your name during the ceremony. Fill it out in advance. If you have a concern about the correct pronunciation of your name, speak with the Dean of Students on your campus before the ceremony.  
  • Make sure you silence your cell phone before the procession begins.  

 During the ceremony

  • We will begin the ceremony with a processional promptly at 7:00 p.m. Marshals will lead the processional and provide direction to you throughout the evening.    
  • Walk slowly down the aisle, one arm's length behind the person in front of you. When you reach your seat, face the podium and remain standing until you are told to be seated.
  • You will receive cues from the podium when it is time to "walk." When it's your turn, hand your Reader Card to the individual who will read your name, then walk (no dancing, running or other gestures) across the stage and shake hands with the president or chancellor. You will receive an empty diploma cover.
  • Your picture will be taken three times: once before you go on stage, when you are shaking hands with the president or chancellor, and again as you exit the stage.
  • After walking across the stage, you will be directed back to your seat.  As a sign of respect to their fellow graduates, graduates are expected to remain seated until everyone has walked across the stage. 
  • After the conferring of degrees, you will be told when to stand for the recessional. Marshals will guide you out of the arena, through the main entrance, and out to a blocked off street area in front of Municipal where you will be able to re-connect with your guests.  
  • DO NOT wait inside the entrance of Municipal to find your guests, as it will be extremely congested.

 After the ceremony

  • The photographer from Grad Images will contact you about proofs of the photos taken during the ceremony. 
  • Your diploma will be mailed to you six to eight weeks after you graduate to the address in our system. Log in to your myMCCKC” account and make sure your mailing address is correct. 

REMEMBER to follow the MCC Code of Conduct

The MCC student code of conduct is in effect for the commencement ceremony, including the following: 

  • Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs and controlled substances on college premises or AT ANY COLLEGE SPONSORED ACTIVITY, including being under the influence of alcohol or drugs/controlled substances, is strictly prohibited.

For more information about MCC's student code of conduct, go to

Last Modified: 9/4/19