Commencement 2015

    When Will I Receive My Diploma? Students graduating in Spring 2015 who have met ALL graduation requirements, your diplomas will be available for pick-up after the August 2015 Board of Trustees meeting, which at this time is scheduled for August 13th. 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 2015 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 emailing students to
         notify them their degrees are available for pick-up.

    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

    Graduation Announcement Etiquette

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

    Dos and Don'ts for Commencement

    Join the CMC Alumni Association - It's FREE!

    Intent to Participate in Commencement Ceremony

    Grads must submit an Intent to Participate form by May 1st 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

    Graduation Requirements

    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.

    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 Thursday, May 7th at 11 a.m. in the Protestant Chapel aboard the Combat Center.

    Please see flyer for additional details and to RSVP

    MCAGCC Base Recognition Ceremony Letter 2015

    Cap & Gown Information for Students

    Graduates and candidates will wear black-colored caps and gowns, which are available at the bookstore beginning April 20th. Please see the pricing flyer  -- 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. At this time, 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.

    Your degree is the pinnacle of Commencement. Therefore, 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.


    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 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 or John Dotson in Student Services at 760-366-3791, ext. 5883 or 5961. FLYER

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