Information for Students

The 58th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. sharp, at the Bicentennial Band Shell, on the campus lawn. The commencement speaker will be announced sometime in early May 2022.

Invitations, Rain Tickets, and Regalia

All student participants are required to wear, and may keep, the traditional blue gowns, mortarboards and tassels. Students may invite an unlimited number of guests to the outside ceremony. If it rains, only ticket bearers may attend the inside ceremony.

Special Needs

It is the policy of Manchester Community College to ensure equal access to its events. If you need accommodations for the event, please email Joseph Navarra, Coordinator of Disability Services, or call 860-512-3592. In order to provide accommodations in a timely manner, please submit the request at least two weeks prior to the Commencement ceremony.

Regalia Distribution

The Follett Bookstore @ MCC (Student Services Center SSC L176, 860-645-3140) will distribute regalia (pre-measurement is not required), a maximum of four; invitations, and a maximum of two rain tickets per graduate at the times below:

Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, May 25

April 25-28 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 16-19 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
April 29 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9-12 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 20 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 2-5 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 13 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 23-25 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets, caps and gowns will not be available on Commencement day. Under no circumstances will extra tickets be distributed.

Regalia History

The origins of academic regalia go as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries when universities were forming in Europe. Because universities were closely associated with the church, the robes worn by instructors and students closely resembled those of medieval clerics.  Unlike today, these robes were not used just for special occasions and ceremonies. Professors and students alike wore robes whenever they were attending classes or lectures.  Although many universities moved away from association with the church, they maintained the tradition of wearing robes.

Academic regalia has been used by those attending universities from the earliest days.  In 1895 the Intercollegiate Commission met at Columbia University to adopt a standard code of academic dress.  This commission regulated the cut, style and materials of the gowns as well as the colors which were to represent different fields of learning.  The Commission has been reconvened three times since it first met, most recently in 1986, but few changes to regalia have been adopted.  These standards continue to guide colleges and universities today.

Gowns worn by associate degree candidates are identical to bachelor gowns in style.  Both have pointed sleeves and are designed to be worn closed.  However, they differ in color.  Associate gowns are traditionally blue; bachelor gowns are black.

Those at graduation will notice a variety of gowns word by faculty and staff.  Master’s gowns have an oblong sleeve and are trimmed with various colors depending on the degree held by the wearer.  The gown also has a hood that is three and a half feet in length.

Diplomas and Certificates

Diplomas and certificates will be mailed in late summer 2022 to students who have met all academic and financial requirements.


For questions regarding the completion of your degree or certificate requirements, contact:

Brynn Leslie Registration Assistant 860-512-3223
Eugenia Weaver Registration Assistant 860-512-3231
Gail Anne Arroyo Associate Registrar 860-512-3230
Anita Sparrow Registrar  860-512-3222

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For questions regarding the Commencement ceremony, email K. Umesh Vig, Director of Student Affairs Operations, or call 860-512-3204.