Miami Dade College

Commencement Ceremonies

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Getting Prepared for Commencement

  • Eligibility
  • Caps, Gowns, and Tickets
  • Honorary Regalia
  • Veterans
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Graduates
  • Special Needs and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Photography

Day of Ceremony

  • Directions, Parking and Public Transportation
  • Security

The Kendall Campus 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the University of Miami Watsco Center on Saturday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Due to printing deadlines, only those Miami Dade College students who applied for graduation by the deadline of Monday, March 26 will have their names listed in the Commencement Program. Students may apply for graduation in the Advisement Office located in Building R, Room 243. Please call 305-237-2125 for assistance.

Getting Prepared for Commencement


You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2018 if your program requirements were met this academic year, or will be met by the end of Summer 2018. If you meet this requirement, we urge you to join us in recognizing this educational benchmark.

Caps, Gowns, and Tickets

A limited number of guest tickets are available for our 6:30 p.m. Commencement ceremony. Tickets will be distributed in the Kendall Bookstore beginning Tuesday, April 24th on a first-come, first-served basis. Each graduate may pick up a maximum of four tickets while supplies last.

To pick up your cap, gown, and 4 GUEST TICKETS, present your MDC ID at the Kendall Campus Bookstore during the dates and times below:

  • Tuesday, April 24 – 9:00am-6:00pm (Grad Rally)
  • Wednesday, April 25 – 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thursday, April 26 – 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday, April 27 – 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Saturday, April 28 – 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Monday, April 30 – 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 1 – 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 2 – 9:00am-6:00pm

There is no fee for the cap and gown if you have applied for graduation. The cap and gown are yours to keep.

Honor Regalia

Honor regalia will be available for pick up in the bookstore between April 24 - May 2. All graduates and degree candidates who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 GPA or higher will receive special recognition as Honor Graduates. Honor students that have applied for graduation during the Fall 2016, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 terms will receive the following regalia free of charge: 3.5-3.69 GPA Honors Tassel; 3.7-4.0 GPA Honors Tassel & Honors Cord. Students must bring their degree audits and picture ID to pick up their items from the bookstore.


Graduating student veterans may pick up special cords to wear during commencement in the Bookstore during cap and gown distribution days. Veterans will be recognized during the commencement ceremony.

Bachelor of Applied Science Graduates

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) students may pick up their graduation medals at the School of Business (R427) between April 30 - May 4, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Students must have a valid MDC ID to pick up these items.

Special Needs and Individuals with Disabilities

More information coming soon


Professional photographers will photograph all graduates as they walk across the stage. A proof of the photo and a blank order form will be emailed to the graduate’s listed address. PERSONAL PHOTOS MAY NOT BE TAKEN OF INDIVIDUAL GRADUATES AS THEY CROSS THE STAGE.

Day of the Ceremony

Graduating students should arrive in their cap and gown at 5:00 p.m. and follow the signs to the graduate registration area inside the Fieldhouse in the University of Miami Watsco Center. All graduates MUST bring their MDC ID, name card, cap, gown, and tassel. Purses, handbags, and photographic equipment cannot be carried into the theater or across the stage. It is suggested that graduates safeguard these items by leaving them with a family member or guest that will be part of the audience. Seating for graduates will be available on a first-come first-served basis. We encourage you to arrive at 5:00 p.m.

Guests will be able to enter the theater beginning at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to end at 8:30 p.m. This is a very special day for many attendees so we ask that everyone remain seated until the end of the ceremony. Cell phones MUST be turned off or set to vibrate mode during the ceremony.

Directions, Parking and Public Transportation

Students and guests may park in the Pavia, Merrick, or Ponce de Leon Parking Garages. Special needs parking will be available in the nearby surface lots, and City of Coral Gables Police will be on site to direct traffic. Those wishing to ride the Metrorail should utilize the University Station. To learn more, visit http://watscocenter.com/metrorail/.


Everyone entering the theater must have a ticket, including infants and children. Cell phones must be silenced or turned off. All persons, including graduates and guests, entering the University of Miami Watsco Center are subject to a security screening with a metal detector wand and/or inspection of belongings. Failure to consent to screening and inspection will result in a denial of entry to the University of Miami Watsco Center.

Items not permitted: Coolers, baby strollers, banners, noisemakers, balloons, large cameras and tripods.

If you have any questions or require additional information, email kendallgrad@mdc.edu or contact the Student Life Office at 305-237-2321.

Frequently Asked Questions

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