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Commencement

Commencement

Congratulations, Future Copper Mountain College Graduates!

CMC 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Starts at 5:00pm

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

STEPS TO GRADUATION AND PARTICIPATING IN COMMENCEMENT

Review the steps below.

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

Intents are accepted until March 1, 2020; email them to jramstorf@cmccd.edu 

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

Students who were awarded degrees during fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020 should have received an email from Janie Ramstorf on October 19, 2020 via their CMC Student Email.

This email contains information about the ceremony and the Intent to Participate in the Virtual Ceremony form, which must be returned to jramstorf@cmccd.edu by November 14th.

3. Submit Your Intent to Participate in Virtual Ceremony Form 

Be sure to return the Intent to Participate in Virtual Ceremony Form  included in your invitation email to participate by the November 14th deadline. This confirms your participation in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Submit the form to Janie Ramstorf at jramstorf@cmccd.edu 

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 jramstorf@cmccd.edu

2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

When: Saturday, December 12, 2020 5:00pm 

Zoom Link TBD

Due to ongoing concerns of large social gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commencement 2020 will be a virtual ceremony on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:00pm. A Zoom link will be provided closer to the ceremony date, which grads can share with family and friends.

CMC is following pomp and circumstance of previous ceremony programs, including: Posting of Colors, Speakers, and Awarding of Degrees.

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 - 2019-2020?

Students who were awarded degrees during fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020 should have received an email from Janie Ramstorf via their CMC Student Email requesting verification of a mailing address for mailing degrees.

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