Commencement 2015

    When Will I Receive My Diploma?

    Students graduating in Fall 2014, who have met ALL graduation requirements, your diplomas will be available for pick-up after the February 2015 Board of Trustees meeting, which at this time is scheduled for February 12th. The reason for this is:

    ·    ALL grades have to be entered and posted. Anticipated date this year: January 5th.
    ·    The bulk of reviewing degree audits for requirement completion is completed in January and February.
    ·    We have 75+ degree audits to review to ensure students met their fall 2014 requirements.
    ·    After reviewing them, Exec. VP for Academic and Student Affairs reviews each one and signs off on them.
    ·    They are then posted to the student's transcript which is a multi-step process.
    ·    Diplomas are printed and sent to the Board of Trustees for signatures.
    ·    Student Services generally receives the diplomas on the Monday after the BOT meeting and then begins calling/emailing students to
         notify them their degrees are available for pick-up.

    Commencement Ceremony DVDs

    Copper Mountain College arranged to have the entire Commencement ceremony recorded. To order a 2014 DVD, complete the enclosed form and mail with your $10.00 check. All proceeds from the sale of the Commencement DVD will be donated to the CMC Foundation for the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center.

    What is the difference between "Graduation" and "Commencement"?

    The Commencement ceremony is often referred to as “Graduation”.  But in reality there is a difference. The Commencement ceremony is just that, a ceremony.  It is an end of Spring semester celebration for students projected to successfully complete all of their graduation requirements by the end of that Spring or Summer semester. Students completing all their requirements by the end of a Fall semester may also participate in the upcoming Spring ceremony.

    Students do not receive a Diploma at the commencement ceremony. Confirmation of degree completion will not take place until after official grades are posted.  It is highly recommended that students meet with their Counselor prior to their last semester in order to review their records and ensure all graduation requirements will be met.

    Graduation refers to the semester in which a student has officially and successfully completed all of their graduation requirements. You must apply for the semester in which you plan to graduate by submitting An Intent to Earn a Degree form to Admissions and Records.  Once grades are posted, the student’s record will be evaluated and a diploma will be made available for pick-up 6-9 weeks later.

    Students can graduate either at the end of the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.   There is only one Commencement ceremony that takes place each year, at the end of the Spring semester, to celebrate graduation from the previous Fall, upcoming Spring and Summer semesters.

    2015 Commencement Ceremony

    When: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Where: Copper Mountain College, The Bell Center   Campus Map -- Bell Center Layout for Grads -- Bell Center Layout for Grad Guests

    Copper Mountain College's Commencement is held annually on the campus. The ceremony will include the processional and recessional of all graduates, candidates, faculty and noted dignitaries. Commencement 2015 includes Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 graduates.

    During the commencement ceremony, you will be handed the cover for your diploma. Diplomas may be available for pick-up in Student Services after the Board of Trustees meeting in August 2015, for all candidates who completed their requirements. You will be notified by email  when your diploma is available for pick-up in Student Services. If you move, please contact Student Services to update your address to ensure you receive your diploma: 760-366-3791, ext. 4232.

    Commencement Information for the Student-- TBD

    Graduation Announcement Etiquette -- TBD

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

    Intent to Participate - Associate Degree -- TBD

    Commencement Rehearsal

    When: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:30 am

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

    A faculty hosted breakfast in honor of CMC graduates immediately follows rehearsal in the Bell Center Community Room at approximately 9:30 am.

    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 8:30 a.m. 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 tassel is draped over the left front corner of the cap.
    • DO show up to the Bell Center Gymnasium by 4:45 pm 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 or decorate mortarboards. 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!!

    2015 Base Graduation Recognition Ceremony - Active Duty Military & Family Members

    If you are an active duty service member or military dependent and a CMC graduate or certificate of achievement recipient during the fall 2014, spring 2015 or Summer 2015, 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 10 a.m. in the Protestant Chapel aboard the Combat Center.

    Please see flyer for additional details and to RSVP -- TBD

    MCAGCC Base Recognition Ceremony Letter 2015 -- TDB

    Cap & Gown Information for Students

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

    CMC 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, CMC recognized Academic Honor Societies. CMC graduates are required to adhere to this timely tradition of not wearing leis, adornments, decorating mortarboards, 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.

    If a student is receiving both a degree and a certificate, they must wear the Cap and Gown, as a degree is the pinnacle of Commencement. Additionally, no other uniforms may be worn in lieu of the Cap and Gown. RN or VN pins may not be worn with the Cap & Gown.

    What Parents and Visitors Should Know

    There is limited seating. Students are limited to 10 guests each. All guest seating is in the bleachers.

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

    Seating is limited for expected guests and participants in the bleachers. Along with the number of expected guests, please indicate on your Intent to Participate form if you or any of your guests are disabled and will require special arrangements or assistance. There will be listening devices and a signer for the deaf if any graduates indicate hearing impaired guests will be attending. Please notify your guests who are smokers the Bell Center is a non-smoking area. Please ask your guests to turn off cellular telephones and pagers during the graduation ceremony. All guests are to enter the Bell Center through the West doors (facing Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley). Late arriving guests are not permitted to enter the Gymnasium during the Posting of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem.

    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 Grad Guests

    Transfer Students

    How would you like your University acceptance letter and picture displayed on campus? Beginning April 2015, there will be a bulletin board posted in the 100 Quad and the 200 Quad 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 Gregg Chesterman in Student Services at 760-366-3791, ext. 5883. FLYER - TBD

    CMC is proud to offer transfer students a $250.00 transfer scholarship!! See enclosed Flyer for details -- TBD.

    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 Graduate Form the semester prior to graduation. The deadline for an Intent to Earn A Degree or Intent to Earn A Certificate is October 1st for Fall graduates and March 1st for Spring & Summer 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 CMC.
    • Have paid all financial obligations owed to the College.
    • Have filed with the Office of Student Services an intent to 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 CMC and elsewhere.

    To recognize academic accomplishment, students completing associate degree programs with prescribed cumulative grade point averages are recognized at the college commencement exercises and diplomas awarded, as honor students.

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

    Grad GPA Honors Insert

    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 fall 2012 semester and includes grades earned at  ALL colleges attended. 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 graduation. In April/May, the Graduation Committee will review received applications and hear applicant's speeches. Within a week, the selected applicant will be notified.

    Apply for the AA/AS degree by filling out the following form. If you intend to receive more than one degree, please fill out one form per degree:

    Intent to Earn A 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 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 2015 graduation date posted on your transcript.