Chaparral Center


December 2023 Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations, December 2023 Graduates!


Watch a video of the ceremony


MC graduate celebrating diploma MC graduates moving the tassle MC graduate celebrating with family


Ready to Graduate?


Students are encouraged to apply for graduation the semester before they plan to graduate. Having the requirements checked, allows students to finalize their course selection before the last semester. However, if students miss this window, they may apply early in the semester in which they will graduate. Posted deadlines can be found in the academic calendar.

How to Apply

  • Sign into the My MC Portal 
  • Select the "Students" tab
  • On the left side of the Students page, in the left-hand navigation, click on "Transcripts and Forms"
  • In the center of the "Transcripts and Forms" page, in the "Forms/Online Services" section, select "Graduation Participation Application"

Due Date

Students who will complete requirements for their program should apply as soon as possible but no later than the end of the term requirements will be completed.



What is the difference?

It is important that candidates and families understand the difference between "participating in the graduation ceremony” (walking across the stage) and "graduating” (receiving a diploma).


Midland College traditionally holds a Graduation Ceremony each May. Students who graduate In December, May, July or August are invited to participate in the ceremony as long as they have met the following requirements:

  • Have 6 or less semester credit hours remaining for graduation
  • Met TSI requirements and has a 2.0 Cumulative GPA at MC


Students are considered “Graduated” once all degree/certificate requirements are met. Diplomas should be ready 3-4 weeks after the last day of the spring semester and will be mailed to your permanent address unless an alternate address was provided on the graduation application.

General Requirements for Degrees and Certificates


Students who graduate from Midland College and plan to pursue a bachelor degree at a four-year public university in Texas, may be eligible for a Graduating Sophomore Scholarship.

Graduating Sophomore Scholarships Page


Ceremony FAQs


Staff will be on the floor to help you line up for the ceremony. This is the walking order for candidates:

  1. Bachelor of Applied Science
  2. Associate of Arts
  3. Associate of Arts in Teaching
  4. Associate of Science
  5. Associate of Applied Science
  6. Early College High School
  7. Certificates

what size cap and gown do I need?

We use your height and weight to determine your gown size. Caps are generally one size fits all, but we have some extended sizes if needed.

What if it doesn’t fit?

We give you a chance to try on your gown when you pick it up. If it doesn’t fit, we will switch it out for you!

Does the gown have pockets?

There are no pockets on the gowns! If you need to, you can carry a small cross-body bag under your gown.

Can we decorate our caps?

Yes! Just keep it family-friendly.

Where do I get my cords? How do I know if I need cords?

Very few cords are allowed at gradation, and they are distributed at regalia pick-up.

Will I get my diploma/certificate that night?

You will receive your award (certificate or diploma) within 6 weeks of completing your coursework. You’ll receive an email once your award is printed with instructions for picking it up or having it mailed.

Where is graduation?

Graduation is at the Chaparral Center on the Midland College main campus.

How many guests can I invite?

There are no limits on the number of guests you can bring.

What is the cost of my cap and gown?

There is no cost for your cap and gown.

What is the dress code?

Wear nice clothes under your gown. We recommend NOT wearing high heels, as graduates have to climb a few stairs.

Additional Questions

Contact us at or call (432) 685-4513.