Mount Marty College Commencement

You did it! Commencement is an exciting time on every college campus. Our graduation ceremony is always a soulful blend of long-standing traditions, emotional goodbyes and reflections on adventures that lie ahead. In the Fall, Commencement is held in Marian Auditorium and the Spring Commencement is held in Laddie Cimpl Arena. Here are some things you should know about the big day. If you have questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at (605) 668-1515 or email

 Information For:

Yankton and Sioux Falls Location
Watertown Location

 Yankton/Sioux Falls Location will hold their Commencements on: 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

MAsters Hooding Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. - Bishop Marty Chapel

Commencement: 2 p.m. - MArian Auditorium


We hope you participate in commencement as a way of sharing this accomplishment with your classmates, families and the MMC community. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Please call (605) 668-1542 or email by December 4 to let us know if you’ll be participating. This helps us plan seating for the graduates.

Line up
Commencement: Gather in Whitby Lounge by 1:15 pm 

Cap and Gown
Undergraduate Students: Please pick up your cap and gown at the Bookstore on on Wednesday, Dec. 7th 2016 (please bring your own hanger). If you are unable to get to the Bookstore, you must contact them with your jacket size and height so a gown can be set aside for you. Hats are one-size-fits-all, all gowns and hoods are due back immediately after the ceremony; graduates may keep the cap and tassel.
Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Students: Please inform Melissa Stellingwerf your jacket size and height by December 5th so a gown can be set aside for you. Pick up your attire in the MMC Pages Bookstore between 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 2016. Hats are one-size-fits-all, all gowns and hoods are due back immediately after the ceremony; graduates may keep the cap and 

All the important people in your life deserve to join in the celebration of your accomplishment, so there’s no limit to the number of guests you can invite to the ceremony and no admission tickets are required. Seating for people with disabilities is available on a first come, first served basis. Ushers will be available to help. The ceremony will last about an hour.

Visit Yankton Chamber of Commerce for information on lodging, dining and other accommodations.

All graduates and guests are invited to a reception in the Cyber Cafe following the commencement ceremony for light refreshments, photos, hugs and farewells.

A professional photographer will take photos of all graduates immediately after they receive their diplomas. Photos will be available online 1-2 weeks after commencement. Additional photos can be ordered directly through Affordable Expressions. Contact the MMC Marketing Department at with questions.

Guests may also take photographs during the ceremony, but must remain outside of the candidate seating area. There will be time for personal photographs on the stage after the ceremony. And don’t miss the traditional “hat toss” outside on the grass!

Baccalaureate is a service of worship signifying the completion of your undergraduate years. Baccalureate is held in addition to the commencement exercises for undergraduate students in the spring only. Family and friends are welcome to attend in the Mount Marty Chapel.

Map and Directions

We use all of your college work (including transfer work) to determine graduation honors. Honors announced at graduation are based on previous term standing and can change depending on final degree verification. We’ll mail diplomas to students who have successfully completed all course work and met all financial obligations. Here’s a checklist to make sure you are ready.