Commencement

Curriculum Graduation 2022

DATE/TIME CHANGE! Mitchell’s Curriculum Graduation Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 14*, at 10 a.m. on the Circle of Statesville Campus, 500 West Broad Street, Statesville, NC.  We will provide clear rain ponchos with hoods to all graduates and will proceed even if there is light rain. The ceremony will be abbreviated. 

*If lightning or high winds, the ceremony will again be post-poned until SUNDAY, MAY 15 at 1 P.M.  (You will need to arrive on Statesville Campus by noon.)

Letter to graduates, March 24, 2022

Curriculum Graduation Rehearsal

Rehearsal will be held in Shearer Hall on Friday, May 13 at 9 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided by SGA at the end of the rehearsal in the Montgomery Student Union.

Cap and Gown

Q: Can I still purchase a cap and gown?
A: Yes, caps and gowns are still available for purchase through Friday, May 13 via the Bookstore (see hours below).  A graduate needs to keep in mind that sizing may be limited the closer it gets to graduation day. 

Q: May I purchase an extra tassel?
A: Yes, extra tassels are available in the Bookstore for purchase.

Q: Do I need to order a cap and gown?
A: No, just come into the Bookstore during regular business hours and let the cashier know you height.

Q: What are the hours of the Bookstore on Friday, May 13?
A: The Bookstore’s hours for Friday, May 13, 2022 are 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Please call the Bookstore with any additional questions: (704) 878-3275.

Live Streaming

Mitchell’s graduation commencement will be live streamed. Click here to view the live stream.

COVID Safety Considerations
No tickets are required for the May 2022 ceremonies. All guests will follow current campus guidance for COVID-19 precautions. For more information about campus safety expectations, visit the COVID-19 Campus Information website.

Important Commencement Reminders

  1. All graduates are expected to arrive for Commencement at 9 a.m. and line up in the Vocational Building. The Student Services staff will be present to assist with organizing the graduates before marching out. 

  2. Graduates should arrive on campus dressed in your cap and gown. Leave all valuables at home or with your guests.

  3. Silence your cell phones and do not accept phone calls during the ceremony.

  4. Dress Code:

    a. You should avoid spiky heels - they will sink into the grass as you walk and could cause you to fall or twist an ankle.

    b. Bring your own bobby pins, to make sure your cap stays in place.

    c. If you received a medallion at Awards Day please wear it over your gown.

  5. Pictures : A professional photographer will be present to take your photograph. You will have a chance to purchase photos. Photo proofs will be emailed to your student email from the photography company. 

  6. Mitchell Email: You will still be able to access your Mitchell email for a few months. Please monitor your Mitchell email account for any important information related to your degree completion and graduation photos.

  7. Diplomas: Diplomas will not be handed out at the graduation ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed in June. Please make sure your mailing address is up to date in our system. If you need to update your address, please email records@mitchellcc.edu from your student email account. If you are graduating at the end of Summer classes, your diploma will be mailed once you have finished.

  8. If you or a family member have accessibility needs for the graduation ceremony, please contact Marks Elder, melder@mitchellcc.edu, (704) 878-3364, or stop by the Accessibility Services Office in Eason Student Services Center. You must make arrangements for yourself or your family member in advance. An official accommodation letter will be emailed. This letter will need to be shown to security or a graduation official upon arrival.

  9. Overflow: The graduation ceremony will be broadcast simultaneously in Shearer Hall on a large screen. Shearer Hall will serve as overflow space, or for anyone who would like to sit inside.

  10. There is no limit on how many guests you can invite. However, seating on the Circle will be limited: We encourage your family members to arrive early. They can bring their own chairs and set them up in the grassy area behind the Circle if needed.