Commencement 2019

Mid's Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Clare Public Schools, 306 Schoolcrest Avenue in Clare.

Commencement begins for all graduates at 11am and takes approximately 90 minutes.

In the past there have been two ceremonies for various programs; there is just one ceremony for all programs this year. Graduates and guests should arrive 30-60 minutes before the start time to allow ample time for graduate check-in and seating.

How do I claim my Commencement tickets?

Each graduate is entitled to and may claim their four tickets at either Bookstore now through May 3. The purchase of a cap and gown from the Bookstore is not required to claim Commencement tickets. These tickets are available to any graduate and are not dependent upon the outcome of the drawing for additional tickets.

  • If you are walking in Commencement, your cap and gown must be royal blue. This is especially important to note if you are not purchasing a cap and gown from the Bookstore.
Need more Commencement tickets?
  • Ask students who are graduating and not attending Commencement to claim their four tickets at the Bookstore. Students who are not attending Commencement do not have to purchase a cap and gown to claim their tickets, and can then freely give their tickets to you.
  • Students can now also enter the Commencement Ticket Drawing for a chance to receive up to four additional Commencement tickets. See details below.
Commencement Ticket Drawing
  • Good news! Mid Michigan College will be distributing up to 100 more Commencement tickets through a random drawing. To be included for selection, please complete this form. Selected graduates may receive up to four additional tickets.
  • A random drawing to select recipients of additional tickets will take place Wednesday, May 1.
  • 100 Commencement tickets are included in the drawing.
  • Students can enter the drawing by completing the entry form.
  • The drawing is limited to one entry per graduate.
  • Those chosen to receive additional Commencement tickets will be notified via the email provided in their form submission by 4:30pm Wednesday, May 1.
  • Tickets can be claimed at either Mid Bookstore and must be picked up by 4pm Friday, May 3.

Commencement Information

Commencement Deadlines
  • Complete the Application for Diploma by April 1, 2019 for your name to appear in the Commencement Program.
  • Students who apply after that date are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony, but their name is not printed in the program.

Graduation Supplies
  • Purchase your Caps & Gowns, Diploma Covers, Frames, and Tassels at Mid's Bookstore.
  • The Bookstore Graduation Fair take place April 10.
    • 10am-2pm in Harrison
    • 10am-2pm in Mt. Pleasant
  • Caps & Gowns are available for purchase April 10 through May 3.
  • Graduation Supplies Cost for 2019
    • Cap & Gown $32.50 plus tax
    • Diploma Covers $9.99 plus tax
    • Extra Tassels $5 each

Honors Graduates
  • Receive honor cords to wear with graduation attire at no cost. Cords can be picked up at either Bookstore.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony
  • This is a private event for nursing students and their families. The pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. The new nurses are presented with nursing pins by the faculty of the nursing school but more often a loved one chosen by the graduate.
  • 2019 Pinning Ceremony scheduled for 2pm Sunday, May 5 on the Mt. Pleasant Campus in the Community Room.

Phi Theta Kappa

  • Doors open at 10am for Commencement guests.

Video Streaming
  • Those unable to attend may view live streaming video at
  • Please check the Mid website prior to the ceremony to test computer capability.

Commencement Details

Commencement Day Reminders
  • Graduating Students need to report immediately to the check-in table outside the gym. Please report no later than an hour before the ceremony.
  • Each student receives a card used by staff with their name and degree. Students with unusual name spelling or difficult to pronounce names should write the correct pronunciation on the card prior to line-up.
  • Graduates must line-up according to the assigned numbers printed on the name cards. The numbering system is based on the degree being awarded. Students receiving more than one degree or certificate should decide which group to line up with.
  • Processional begins five minutes before the scheduled ceremony time, so plan accordingly!

Ceremonial Behavior & Protocol
  • Mid's Commencement ceremony symbolizes the culmination of your academic efforts. It is an important and exciting day for you, your family, and your friends. To maintain the dignity of the commencement ceremony, you may not carry food or beverages into the ceremony or attach to your Commencement apparel any objects that detract from the meaning of this special occasion.

Ceremony Procedure
  • Your name is announced when you cross the stage. You are handed a symbolic scroll and congratulated by members of Board of Trustees.
  • You then move the tassel on your cap from right to left to indicate your status as a Mid graduate.
  • Then proceed to the stage ramp to have your picture taken by a professional photographer.
  • Additional graduation pictures are available for purchase.
  • The complimentary picture and ordering information is mailed with your diploma.

  • Diplomas are mailed 6-8 weeks after completing graduation requirements.
  • For many students, it is not known at the time of ceremony whether requirements have been successfully completed. Instructors have one week after the semester to submit grades.
  • If you do not receive your diploma within 6-8 weeks following submission of your final grades, please call (989) 386-6622 x395.
  • Mid mails your diploma to the address listed on the submitted graduation application. Please make sure to notify the College if your address changes after that submission.
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