Each graduate can bring two guests to the ceremony to allow for physical distancing in the bleachers. Guests will arrive and check-in with the graduate. Tickets will not be distributed this year.
Moraine Valley is excited to welcome graduates and guests back to in-person graduation ceremonies. Please follow our COVID-19 protocols to help create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
All students and guests will be asked to:
- Self-screen for COVID-19 before entering the Cyclone Center. Students will use their Cleared4Class account. Guests must visit morainevalley.edu/visitor to complete the form and receive the purple pass needed to enter the building. You can do this prior to arriving at the college.
- Wear a mask while inside all college buildings.
- Maintain a 3-foot distance from others. Seating has been spaced out to meet this accommodation.
See the college's COVID-19 policies.
The ceremonies will be in the Cyclone Center inside the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center (Building H) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Your graduates will choose one ceremony to attend. Doors to Building H will open one hour before each ceremony.
Upon arriving at the ceremony, you will show your purple Cleared4Class access pass to college staff, check in with your graduate and proceed into the Cyclone Center to find your seats. After the ceremony, you can meet your graduate outside the building.
IMPORTANT! Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony to allow for enough time to check Cleared4Class passes and find your seats. Entrance to the building will stop when the ceremony begins, and late graduates/guests will be let into the Cyclone Center following the national anthem.
Building H is located on the west side of the Palos Hills campus. Parking is available in any of the campus parking lots (except for the Building H lot). Signs will direct you to these locations. The lots closest to the ceremony are C1, C2, D3 and F.
Handicapped guests can be dropped off at the front door of the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center. Parking for handicapped guests is located in the small lot south of Building H, adjacent to the building.
Seating in the Cyclone Center will be in the bleachers. Guests using wheelchairs or walkers will have access to limited floor seating. Guests with other physical limitations can sit in reserved seating in the first few rows of the bleachers. All other guests will need to move up the bleachers.
Note: The back section of the west bleachers will be reserved for late guests.
As an additional service, the Moraine Valley Bookstore will sell graduation gifts near the entrance to the Cyclone Center, while supplies last. Flower bouquets also will be sold at campus entrances, outside the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center, and near the reception. Flowers can be pre-ordered. Balloons are not allowed inside the Cyclone Center.
Moraine Valley has made arrangements with Grad Images for a professional photographer to record the moment you are awarded your diploma. Register before the ceremony and save 20% on your photo order. Register and order photos online.
Photographs are not allowed to be taken from the aisles in the Cyclone Center. Guests must take all photographs and video from their seats.
Note: All photographs and video taken by Moraine Valley during the 2022 commencement ceremony are the property of Moraine Valley Community College and may be used for its promotional purposes.
All graduates must register to attend a ceremony. You can register here. When you arrive to Building H, you will show your blue/green access pass and check in by last name. You will be given a reader’s card at check-in that you will bring with you to the stage. You then will proceed to the gym and find a seat in your degree section. There will not be a processional to help maintain physical distancing. Ushers will be in place to help you find the right seat.
Each ceremony will be approximately one hour. Graduates will be called to the stage by degree and will receive their diploma cover and an alumni gift from the Moraine Valley Foundation. Note: You must stay for the whole ceremony. After exiting the stage, you must return to your seat. You will not be allowed to leave the Cyclone Center until the recessional. When the ceremony is over, graduates will recess out of the building. You can meet your guests outside.
IMPORTANT! Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony to allow for enough time to check Cleared4Class passes and check in. Entrance to the building will stop when the ceremony begins, and late graduates/guests will be let into the Cyclone Center following the national anthem.
Graduates must wear Moraine Valley regalia at the ceremony. The package for graduates earning an associate degree costs $37 (tax included), which includes a cap, gown, tassel and stole. The package for graduates earning an occupational certificate costs $29 (tax included), which includes a cap, gown and tassel. Additional tassels will be sold for $5.45. Honor cords are $9.99 plus tax. These items can be purchased in the Bookstore or online from April 4 to May 20.
If you are graduating with honors, you will wear a cord at graduation to designate academic honors. The colored cords represent the following honors:
Summa cum laude: 3.9-4.0 GPA, gold cord
Magna cum laude: 3.75-3.89 GPA, silver cord
Cum laude: 3.5-3.74 GPA, white cord
With high honors: 3.75-4.0 GPA, silver and green cord
With honors: 3.5-3.74 GPA, white and green cord
Grade point averages for honor cords are calculated based on grades through the fall 2021 semester. Spring 2022 semester grades are not used in calculating grade point averages for honor cords.
Phi Theta Kappa graduates are encouraged to wear an honor stole ($26) and/or tassel ($10) that can be purchased online. Phi Theta Kappa members are listed separately in the graduation program. To ensure your name is included, complete the form emailed to you by Amanda Bendoraitis before Friday, April 14.
Let's celebrate our graduates!
We're putting together messages for social media and the graduation ceremonies to highlight the Class of 2022, and we need your help! Family and friends of Moraine Valley graduates can write and/or record a video of themselves sharing a congratulatory message to help celebrate and recognize this year's graduating class. Upload a video or fill out the form with a written message below and add to the excitement of commencement season.
Submit a message you want to share with a Moraine Valley graduate! These will be featured on the college's social media and at the commencement ceremonies.