MHCC Commencement 2015

April 27, 2015

Dear Graduating Student,
I am honored and delighted to extend my heartfelt congratulations to you for earning your degree or certificate from Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC)! We encourage you to attend the commencement ceremony to celebrate your achievement with your friends and family.

The following information will guide you through the process of preparing for MHCC’s commencement ceremony. This information and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are available on our website:

Commencement Ceremony
Commencement will begin promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015, in the Earl L. Klapstein Track and Field Stadium, located on the Gresham Campus. Graduates will assemble for the procession in the gymnasium no later than 9 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Commencement Rehearsal
Please plan to attend a rehearsal in the Earl L. Klapstein Track and Field Stadium at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015. It should last no longer than 30 minutes. Rehearsal instructions will be mailed the first part of June.

Seating and Guest Information
Seating is by general admission; therefore, tickets are not required. The stadium gates will open at 8:45 a.m. Enclosed is a campus map for your convenience.
Special limited seating areas will be provided for mobility-impaired guests. No more than one individual may sit with the guest in these special seating areas

The seating areas are:

  • on the track for which guests must park in an adjacent disability parking lot
  • in the top rows of the general stadium seating area

MHCC will provide appropriate seating arrangements and an interpreter for hearing-impaired guests in the stadium.  

Guests may bring blankets and/or chairs for overflow seating on the lawn. Nancy’s Florist will sell graduation items and flowers at the main entrance. Food concession stands will sell various food and drinks. 

There is ample free parking throughout the Gresham Campus with disabled parking available in the stadium parking lots as well as in other areas of the campus. In addition, there is a disability parking lot to accommodate mobility-impaired guests who wish to sit in the limited reserved seating area on the track. The entrance to this lot is east of the gym/stadium parking lot entrance. 

Cap and Gown Information
Students may purchase their cap, gown and tassel in the College Bookstore for $34.99 from May 1 through June 12, 2015. (Please see the enclosed information from Jostens.) For Bookstore hours, view their website at:  The Bookstore will have extended hours of operation on the day of graduation (June 13) and will be open that day from 8 a.m. through the completion of the ceremony.

Students graduating with school honors (MHCC cumulative grade point average of 3.65 or higher as of winter term 2015) may purchase an honors tassel and cord with their cap and gown. 

In recognition of their military service to the United States of America, MHCC honors our veterans and their graduation achievement by authorizing the red, white and blue honor cords for the graduation commencement ceremony.  These cords may be picked up in the Veteran Services office, Room AC1152, prior to the commencement ceremony.

Students graduating with Phi Theta Kappa honors will receive a separate letter explaining how to order Phi Theta Kappa stoles, tassels and other honors regalia. This information is also available on our website at

If you have any questions, please call our Admissions, Registration and Records Office at  503-491-7393.

On behalf of MHCC employees, I congratulate you on your achievement!


Dr. Debra Derr

Dr. Debra Derr

PLEASE NOTE: All MHCC locations are completely tobacco free. For more information, please visit: This is a rain or shine celebration!
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