Congratulations! You have achieved a major educational goal and graduation is a celebration of your accomplishments. As the big day is drawing near, there are several steps to take in order to graduate on time and participate in the commencement ceremony.
- If your college requires it, request official transcripts and ask that they be evaluated and posted to your current college record. If you took classes at another university, two-year college, or any other Maricopa Community College, verify that the courses are applied toward your degree.
- Meet with your college advisor to review your academic record and transferred coursework, if applicable. Confirm that you have completed all requirements for the degree and/or certificate OR that you are enrolled in coursework that will be complete within six weeks of commencement.
- Apply/petition for graduation at your college's Admissions and Records office and submit a completed check sheet for your degree and/or certificate with your application.
Please Note: You cannot participate in graduation if you do not submit your application on time.
2018 District-wide Commencement Ceremonies
|May 9, 2018|
|Rio Salado College, Comerica Theatre, 7 PM|
|May 10, 2018|
|GateWay C.C., Grand Canyon University 2 PM|
|South Mountain C.C., Grand Canyon University, 7 PM|
|May 11, 2018|
|Estrella Mountain C.C., Grand Canyon University, 10 AM|
|Glendale C.C., Grand Canyon University, 2 PM|
|Phoenix College, Grand Canyon University, 7 PM|
|Mesa C.C., Center Courtyard, 7 PM|
|Paradise Valley C.C., Dream City Church, 7 PM|
|Chandler-Gilbert C.C., Sloan Park, 5 PM|
|Scottsdale C.C., SCC North Gym, 2 PM|
Participating in Commencement
- Pay commencement fee (if you plan on attending)
- Order cap, gown, and/or announcements (optional)
- Please note that this is not the same at all campuses
- Pick up cap, gown, and announcements
- The graduation application deadline for the colleges is March 1, 2018 (verify with your individual college).
- There is no cost to apply for graduation. However, be sure you have no outstanding balances, fees, or traffic fines before you submit your graduation application. Any debts within the Maricopa Community Colleges must be cleared before a degree/certificate will be awarded.
- Diploma covers are included in the $25 graduation fee. For more information, refer to the Maricopa Community College District Adopted Tuition and Fee Schedule.
- Commencement Fee: $25 (If you are attending commencement, fee includes cap and gown, honor cords, degree or certificate cover, and five announcements).
What are cultural convocations?
Maricopa has a proud tradition of offering you the opportunity to celebrate graduations through culturally-focused convocation ceremonies. These focused, more intimate events are cultural celebrations. They are an affirmation to the Maricopa Community Colleges inclusive support and outreach to the greater community, families and friends in a meaningful way.
Participating in Convocations
We offer additional celebratory events for you as a graduate known as Convocations. The convocations offer a more intimate and community-based identification experience. All Maricopa Community College graduates, their friends and families, and all employees are invited to attend any of the Convocation ceremonies. Join us as we celebrate student diversity.
We offer the following convocations:
|May 2, 2018|
|Veterans Convocation, Phoenix College's Bulpitt Auditorium, 5 PM | Click Here to Register|
|LGBTQ+ Convocation, Phoenix College's Hacienda Room, 7 PM | Click Here to Register|
|May 4, 2018|
|Native American Convocation, Phoenix College's Bulpitt Auditorium, 7 PM | Click Here to Register|
|May 5, 2018|
|Asian Pacific Islander Convocation, South Mountain C.C., L162/163, 12 Noon | Click Here to Register|
|Hispanic Convocation, Phoenix Convention Center, 2 PM | Click Here to Register|
|May 8, 2018|
|MCBAA/African American Convocation, South Mountain C.C.'s Performing Arts Center, 5 PM | Click Here to Register|