Congratulations, Future Copper Mountain College Graduates!

CMC 2020 Commencement Ceremony

Bell Center Gymnasium, Main Campus

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Starts at 5:45pm

Graduates arrive by 4:45pm

Your completion of an AA/AS Degree is a goal worth celebrating. This is an invitation for you to highlight your accomplishment by participating in the college-wide Commencement Ceremony. The following information will provide you with specific instructions regarding your participation.

Commencement Photo


Review the steps below.

1. Petition for a Degree “ Intent to Earn an Associate Degree

Petitions are accepted in Admissions & Records until March 1, 2020

2. Receive an Invitation to Participate in Commencement Via Your CMC Student Email

Students who were awarded degrees during the previous fall and those who petition in the spring and summer will receive an email from Student Services by mid-April.

This email contains information about the ceremony and the Intent to Participate form, which must be returned to by November 1st.

3. Return Intent to Participate Form to Student Services

Be sure to return the Participation Form  included in your invitation email to participate by the November 1st deadline. This confirms your participation in Commencement.

4. Purchase Cap, Gown, and Announcements

All Commencement participants are required to wear a black cap and gown. You may purchase your cap and gown in the General Ernie Reid Bookstore. Cost of the cap, gown and custom tassel is usually under $50. You may also purchase announcements at the Bookstore.

Congratulations again on achieving this milestone in your education. If you have any questions about the graduation process or graduation eligibility, please email Janie Ramstorf at

2020 Commencement Ceremony

When: Saturday, December 12, 2020 

Where: Copper Mountain College, The Bell Center Campus Map Bell Center Layout for GradsBell Center Layout for 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 2020 includes Fall 2019 graduates, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 graduates.

During the commencement ceremony, you will be handed the cover for your degree. Spring degrees may be available for pick-up in Student Services after the Board of Trustees meeting in August 2020, for all candidates who completed their requirements. You will be notified by your CMC student email account when your degree is available for pick-up in Student Services. If you move, please email Janie Ramstorf to update your address to ensure you receive your degree.

Commencement at a Glance:

Commencement Information for the Student  – TBD

Graduation Announcement Etiquette 

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Intent to Participate in Commencement Ceremony

Grads must submit an Intent to Participate form by November 1st indicating whether or not they are walking on December 12th . This form is used to plan all things Commencement by the Committee.

Intent to Participate – Associate Degree – if you have any questions about the graduation process or graduation eligibility, please email Janie Ramstorf at

See below for Graduation Requirements

Commencement Rehearsal

When: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9am

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 10am. Remember, the rehearsal breakfast is not an activity designed to include guests.

2020 Graduate Recognition Ceremony on Base – Active Duty Military, Veterans, & Family Members

04/29/2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Graduate Recognition Ceremony is Cancelled.

If you are an active duty service member, veteran, military dependent and a CMC graduate or certificate of achievement recipient during the fall 2019, spring 2020, or summer 2020, 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 cancelled in the Protestant Chapel aboard the Combat Center. Rehearsal is cancelled in the Protestant Chapel aboard the Combat Center.

Please see flyer for additional details and to RSVP – Cancelled

MCAGCC Base Graduate Recognition Ceremony Letter – Cancelled

Cap & Gown Information for Students

Graduates and candidates will wear black-colored caps and gowns, which are available at the bookstore beginning March 4th. Please see the pricing flyer — or check with the Campus Bookstore for prices at 760-366-5272.

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, 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.

The Student Veterans of CMC are permitted to wear Red, White & Blue recognition cords to signify their former and current military service. CMC’s Service Club wears Copper & Teal; EOPS wears Silver; ASCMC wears Peacock Blue, and the American Sign Language Club wears Red, Black, and Silver recognition cords.

Verified transfer students are permitted to wear a medallion signifying their acceptance into a 4-year college or university.

Your degree is the pinnacle of Commencement. Therefore, no other uniforms may be worn in lieu of the Cap and Gown and no RN or VN pins may 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 are no guest tickets. 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 Guests

Transfer Students

How would you like your University acceptance letter and picture displayed on campus? There is a bulletin board posted in the 100 and 200 Quads 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 Cassie Nafziger or Josh King in Student Services at 760-366-3791, ext. 5867 or 5895. FLYER 

CMC is proud to offer transfer students a transfer scholarship!! See Enclosed Flyer for Details

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 Earn an Associate Degree form the semester prior to graduation. The deadline to file an Intent to Earn an Associate Degree is October 1st for Fall graduates and March 1st for Spring & Summer anticipated 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 earn an associate degree (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 all degree-applicable coursework completed at other colleges/universities. To recognize academic accomplishment, students completing associate degree programs with prescribed cumulative grade point averages are recognized at the college commencement exercises and degrees awarded, as honor students.

Honor GPA
 Highest Honors  3.90-4.00
 High Honors  3.75-3.89
 Academic Distinction  3.50-3.74

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 an Associate 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 with ALL degree applicable grades earned at all transfer colleges attended 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 graduation date posted on your transcript.

GPA and Honors

Graduating students participating in Commencement will receive a separate email containing their cumulative GPA (calculated through the previous fall) and honors if applicable. The District recognizes academic accomplishment by awarding associate degrees with Highest Honors, High Honors, and Academic Distinction designations. All degree-applicable work from all transfer colleges attended will be included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average for graduation honors. To recognize academic accomplishment, students completing associate degree programs with prescribed cumulative grade point averages are to be recognized through the college commencement exercises and degrees awarded as honor students. Academic Renewal requests prior to graduation will not be processed for graduation honors. Graduation with Honors is the most comprehensive academic honor because it is cumulative. While President’s List and Honor Roll awards are made on a semester basis, Graduation with Honors is based on all degree-applicable grades earned at all transfer colleges attended, with a final overall GPA no less than 3.50. All transcripts from other colleges must be on file in the Office of Student Services prior to filing a “Request for Evaluation”. Board Policy 6540.2: “All degree applicable work from all transfer colleges attended will be included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average for graduation honors.” Requests to disregard transcripts containing degree-applicable work with poor grades cannot be honored. Academic Renewal requests prior to graduation will not be processed for graduation honors. Commencement is held the last day of the spring semester when the majority of spring grades have not yet been received or posted to transcripts and commencement programs are already printed. For the purpose of the commencement ceremony, honors will be calculated on grades earned through the previous fall semester. However, final grades for spring & summer graduates will be available and included in the calculation of honors for notation on the official transcripts, which will be available several weeks AFTER commencement. If you are graduating with Academic Distinction, High Honors, or Highest Honors, it will be noted as your name is announced during the commencement ceremony, and printed in the commencement program. Student honors status is based on one of the following cumulative GPAs:

  1. Student cumulative GPA is based on all degree applicable lower division grades earned at all colleges attended through fall 2019 equals 3.90 – 4.00. Student will graduate with Highest Honors. OR
  2. Student cumulative GPA is based on all degree applicable lower division grades earned at all colleges attended through fall 2019 equals 3.75 – 3.89. Student will graduate with High Honors. OR
  3. Student cumulative GPA is based on all degree applicable lower division grades earned at all colleges attended through fall 2019 equals 3.50 – 3.74. Student will graduate with Academic Distinction. OR
  4. Student cumulative GPA is based on all degree applicable lower division grades earned at all colleges attended through fall 2019 is below 3.50. Student GPA qualifies you for graduation, but not for honors status.

If a student questions their assessment of honor status, they can double-check it by adding ALL degree-applicable lower division units from ALL colleges on file through the end of the fall semester, not counting repeated courses. If there are any transcripts from the quarter system, student must convert the units to semester units prior to calculating the grade point average (GPA). Multiply quarter units by .66 before adding to semester units. Then add up all grade points following the same guidelines, including quarter to semester conversions. Divide the points by the units to arrive at the GPA. If student calculation results in a different honor status than reported above, student may contact Student Services, by May 1st to have it double-checked. Then, if a change is warranted, the new honor status can be entered before Commencement programs go to print. Recalculation of GPA the day of commencement in order to be announced is not possible.

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 previous fall semester and includes grades for all degree applicable work from all transfer colleges attended in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. 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 Commencement. In April/May, the Commencement Committee will review received applications and hear applicant’s speeches. Within a week, the selected applicant will be notified.  

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 the previous Fall semester may also participate in the upcoming Spring ceremony. Students do not receive an actual degree at the commencement ceremony. Confirmation of degree completion will not take place until after official grades for spring and summer 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 degree 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.

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 9am 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 regular-sized CMC tassel is draped over the left front corner of the cap (no mega tassels).
  • DO show up to the Bell Center Gymnasium by 4:45pm 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. 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!!
When will I receive my degree - 2020?

When Will I Receive My Degree? Students graduating in Spring 2020, who have met ALL graduation requirements (including official transcripts for ALL degree-applicable work completed at ALL colleges attended on file in A&R), your degrees will be available for pick-up after the August 2020 Board of Trustees meeting, which at this time is scheduled for August xxth. 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 2020 requirements.
  • After reviewing them, the Dean of Student Services reviews each one and signs off on them.
  • They are then posted to the student’s transcript, which is a multi-step process.
  • Degrees are printed and sent to the Board of Trustees for signatures.
  • Student Services generally receives the degrees on the Monday after the BOT meeting and then begins emailing students to notify them their degrees are available for pick-up.

PLEASE NOTE: At other colleges, this process can take up to 6 months. Degrees are not mailed. Students will receive an email via their CMC student email letting them know when their degree is available for pick-up.