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2022 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Event Center at Live! Casino and Hotel
7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076
11 a.m.: School of Liberal Arts and School of Business and Law
4 p.m.: School of Health Sciences; School of Science, Technology, and Education; and the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

*Graduates/potential graduates may attend either ceremony based on the desired time or school.


BEFORE THE EVENT

Graduate Packet Distribution (April 18-May 12)

Distribution will take place in the AACC Bookstore (SUN 160) on Monday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You or your designee may purchase, with ID, your cap, gown and tassel, and pick up your announcements, invitations and ceremony tickets. The regalia packet costs $29.95. Regalia may be ordered online. If you order your packet online for delivery, please ensure that you note the ceremony time and number of tickets (up to five) in the special instructions section of your order at checkout. Additional announcements ($3 for a set of five) may be purchased as well. The bookstore will accommodate unique sizes; call 410-777-2225 for special orders.

Beginning May 16, a limited number of packets will be available for $49.95 on a first-come, first-served basis until May 19 for graduates who did not purchase their cap and gown by May 12.

Participation and Guest Tickets

Participation and ticket information for commencement has been sent to each graduate/potential graduate through your MyAACC email address. Ceremony time selection and ticket distribution will take place during graduate packet pick-up or online ordering. If you ordered your cap and gown before April 18 and still need your packet of announcements, invitations and ceremony tickets, please contact the bookstore.

In order to accommodate graduates and guests, you will select the ceremony time based on your desired ceremony time or your school of study. Ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participation with your school ceremony is encouraged but not mandatory. Preferences are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Each graduate can claim up to five guest tickets. General guest seating opens one hour prior to each ceremony. Tickets are required for each guest – even children – attending and guests should plan to be seated before the ceremony start time. Graduate procession begins at the ticketed time. The ceremony is expected to last two hours. Graduates are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.

To ensure the event is enjoyable for everyone, there is no standing in the aisles, strollers must be parked in the designated areas and disruptive behavior could result in being asked to leave the event.

Extra Tickets

Information on additional tickets will be communicated electronically to graduates as available.

Outstanding Obligations

To participate in commencement, all fees and other financial obligations to the college must be paid. If you have an outstanding obligation, you are not eligible to reserve your ceremony time or pick up the regalia packet or tickets during the distribution dates.

Active Duty Members or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

If you are an active duty member or a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be eligible to receive a cord to wear with your cap/gown in recognition of your military service. Contact AACC’s Military/Veteran Resource Center (MVRC) at 410-777-4838 or email veterans@aacc.edu for information.

Note: Graduates on active military duty are invited to wear their service dress uniform to the ceremony.

Honor Societies: Phi Theta Kappa and Chi Alpha Epsilon

Graduates who have been inducted into the Omicron Theta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and/or the Epsilon Chi chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society will have a notation on their diplomas. See www.ptk.org/Store/Graduation for PTK regalia items that may be worn during the commencement ceremony.

For PTK information call 410-777-2218.
For XAE information call 410-777-1258.

Honors

Honors for summer and fall graduates reflect grade point averages at the time of summer or fall graduation. For spring degree candidates, the honors indicated in the program and announced during the ceremony reflect grade point averages as of April 1, 2022. Final graduation honors will be designated on diplomas and transcripts after the records office reviews final spring grades.

Commencement Questions

If you have questions regarding the commencement, call 410-777-2243. 


DAY OF THE EVENT

Where to Report

Graduates must report to the The Hall at Live! Casino & Hotel one hour before the start time of your reserved ceremony for instructions on lineup. Allow adequate time to arrive and park. Do not be late. There is no rehearsal for commencement, so it is important to arrive before the ceremony begins. Signage will direct you to the appropriate area.

Parking Options for Graduates and Guests

Surface parking is available directly across from the hotel entrance or to the side and in front of Burlington Coat Factory. Walk through the hotel lobby, passing LUCKIES on the right. Turn left.*

Wear Appropriate Attire

As you plan your attire to be worn under your gown, consider your comfort in walking/standing for a procession. Shorts, flip-flops and beachwear/swimwear are not permitted. You may not carry purses, cameras, phones, etc., while marching in the procession. Leave valuable items at home or with a family member. The college is not responsible for lost items. Masks are not mandatory for graduates or guests and can be worn at an individual’s discretion.

Photographs

During the ceremony, a professional photographer will take pictures. The photographer will contact graduates with information on how to purchase prints two to three days following the event. Due to safety regulations, aisles need to remain clear. Family and guests will not be permitted to stand in the aisles to take pictures.

Disability Accommodations

Guests with limited mobility should arrive early to allow adequate time to be seated. Graduates and guests requiring other accommodations are highly encouraged to contact Disability Support Services (DSS) by calling 410-777-1411, emailing dss@aacc.edu, or by visiting the DSS office in Student Union Building Room 140 by May 4 to ensure accommodations are coordinated for the event.

Be Considerate

Commencement is an academic ceremony that is dignified and joyful. We will call graduates to the stage to be individually congratulated. For many graduates and guests, the name announcement is the highlight of the ceremony. For others, enjoying the singers and speakers is important. We ask everyone to express excitement in positive ways that respect others’ enjoyment. Balloons and noisemakers are prohibited. Electronic devices should be silenced, and graduates must remain until the ceremony ends.

*NOTE: Guests of all ages are welcome to The Hall at Live! Casino & Hotel. However, only guests over the age of 21 are permitted to enter the casino. For the convenience of guests under the age of 21 years, we encourage using the surface parking. Younger guests attempting to access commencement ceremonies through the casino floor will be redirected.

Watch the Ceremony

The commencement ceremony will be shown live on our YouTube page.


AFTER THE EVENT

Post-Ceremony Viewing Options

The ceremonies will be recorded and available on the college’s YouTube channel for rebroadcast at a later time.

Diplomas and Transcripts

Notation of spring graduation on transcripts will occur in mid-June. Diplomas will be mailed before July 1 to all spring graduates. Use a copy of your graduation status letter for transfer institution and job purposes since spring graduation will not be finalized or certified before June 15, 2022.