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July 1, 2020

August 1st Commencement

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am very sorry to announce that the MC commencement ceremonies scheduled for the main campus on August 1, 2020, will not take place. The reception scheduled for July 31 has also been cancelled.

Everyone at MC shares your disappointment in this news. With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in our state and restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather still in place, we made this difficult decision to prioritize the safety and health of our community. Our decision is also in keeping with advice and restrictions issued by Governor Tate Reeves, the CDC, and state agencies.

Please know that MC is still committed to celebrating you as a 2020 graduate. We are already re-evaluating alternative ways and dates to honor you and welcome you back to campus.

Graduation fees are nonrefundable and will be applied towards our next available ceremony for May 2020 graduates. Several graduates have asked about borrowing caps and gowns for individual photos. MC rents caps and gowns as needed and does not have any on hand to lend. You may contact our supplier in Jackson, R.M. Hendrick Graduate Supply House, for information on personal rentals. Please email

Please continue to check your MC email regularly for updates about an alternative event in the coming weeks. Again, we thank you for your patience and your flexibility during this time.

Thank you,
Dr. Kyle Brantley
Commencement Committee Chair