Info for Parents, Family and Guests


If the ceremony is held outdoors at the Bicentennial Band Shell, the graduate may have as many guests as possible. Seating will be provided for graduates. Family members and guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets as seating is limited. Graduates and guests are asked to remain seated until all degrees and certificates are conferred and the program has finished. In the event of rain, only two guests per graduate will be admitted to the Commencement Ceremony, however, the reception is open to all. For further information please see “Rain Plans” below.

Rain Plans

In case of rain, only one Commencement ceremony will be held at 5:30 pm sharp, inside the SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium in the AST. Only two guests per graduate will be admitted by rain ticket. The decision about an inside ceremony will be made by 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The MCC website is your best source for information. Please watch the front-page announcements or contact the College’s voicemail system (860-512-3000) for the rain plan announcement.


GradImages® will be photographing all graduates with the President as they receive their diplomas at the Commencement ceremony. Please visit their website,, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration. Enter your email and up to six emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. By pre-registering, you will receive a discount of $5 off an order of $25 or more. After graduation, order online at or call 800-261-2576. During the reception photographer/s from GradImages® will be available in the Village Courtyard to take individual posed pictures of graduates. Each graduate will also receive a free 5″x7″ photograph of her/his choice as a gift from the Dean of Student Affairs’ Office through GradImages®. Photography and videotaping is permitted during the ceremony.


Fresh flowers will be available for purchase at the Commencement ceremony or are available for pre-order from