Student receiving diploma at commencement

Graduation and Commencement FAQ

Graduation refers to receiving a certificate or degree once a student has satisfied all certificate or degree requirements as verified by the admissions, records, and registration office. After the verification process, the certificate or degree is printed, mailed, and posted to the student’s Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) record. The mailing and posting process for spring term certificates and degrees usually takes six to eight weeks after term grades are recorded.

Commencement is a ceremony that allows students, family, and friends to celebrate the student’s academic accomplishments. Participation in the ceremony does not mean the student has graduated and students do not receive their certificate or degree at the ceremony.

Students must apply to graduate. The application should be submitted two terms prior to the term of completion. It is strongly encouraged that students meet frequently with their advisor throughout the year and before submitting a graduation application to ensure progress toward completion of a degree or certificate.

No, there is no cost to apply for graduation.

Once the graduation application is submitted, an email confirming we have received the application is sent to the address specified in your request. By mid-May, information regarding commencement is mailed to all students who have applied for graduation.

Yes. Students completing their requirements at a later date may attend the commencement ceremony regardless of the amount of credits still needed. Again, students do not receive their diplomas, certificates, or degrees on the day of the ceremony. They receive an empty cover and the actual certificate or degree will be sent later upon completion of all requirements.

Your application stays on file for two terms after the term you planned to graduate (specified on the application). If your term of planned graduation changes, notify our office by emailing [email protected].

You need to apply for graduation by filling out the online application form. You must apply for graduation two terms before you intend to graduate.

Yes! When students cross the stage to receive their diploma/certificate/degree cover, their names are announced from a card, not from the commencement program.

You must fill out an application in order to be evaluated for the certificate or degree and to then receive the certificate or degree, if eligible.

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If you are graduating with an MHCC cumulative GPA of 3.65 or higher as of the winter term before the commencement ceremony, you qualify to graduate with honors. Honors regalia may be purchased from Rho Theta. Students do not need to be members to purchase honor cords. 

Members of Phi Theta Kappa honor society must have an MHCC cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher as of the winter term before the commencement ceremony to wear Phi Theta Kappa honors regalia.

You can order directly from the Phi Theta Kappa store by using your membership number to log into the website, or you can buy regalia through Rho Theta, MHCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and save some money on shipping. 

Rho Theta is a student-run organization, so office hours are limited, but the Rho Theta office in the library will be staffed with additional hours for regalia sales. Regalia sales will be held in early May, and the regalia will be available on a first come, first served basis until all items have been sold. The sales schedule will be sent by email to Rho Theta members who have applied for graduation.

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If you have applied for graduation, you will be sent a letter with detailed information for ordering your cap and gown.

ASMHCC Cap and Gown Program: 

The Associated Students of Mt. Hood Community College (ASMHCC) provide caps and gowns to students for free on a limited basis. The cap and gown rental program was established by the ASMHCC to assist MHCC students who cannot afford to purchase a cap and gown for graduation. Students MUST return their gowns to help future students in need and keep the program sustainable. The cap and tassel can be kept by students; they are not required to be returned. If you have questions, please email Rozina Lethe.

There is no limit to the amount of guests you may invite to the commencement ceremony. However, we are combining ceremonies this year and recommend up to 10 guests per graduate. Tickets are not required for entry.

The degrees/certificates will be mailed after final grades have been posted and the degree audit completed. Please allow six to eight weeks for this process. Be sure that the admissions, records, and registration office has your correct address by calling 503-491-7393 or checking online through MyMHCC.

Unfortunately, no. Graduation portraits are only taken at the commencement ceremony.

No. Commencement rehearsal is not mandatory although we highly recommend attending if you can.

No. Animals are not permitted on campus grounds unless they are service animals.

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