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Application Deadlines

 Fall 2015 degree/certificate completion, apply by Friday, November 18th.

Spring 2016 degree/certificate completion, apply by Friday, March 25th, 2016.

Summer 2016 degree/certificate completion, apply by Thursday June 24th.


Graduation Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place:  Hoy Stadium, Phoenix College

Guest Speaker: Angela Hughey, President & Co-Founder of ONE Community
Phoenix College Celebrates 95 Years: The Launching Point for Brighter Futures Since 1920.

Valedictorian: Nicholas Feldman
Salutatorian:  Victoria Castro Corral

(Watch the ceremony live streaming at

Download the Commencement Fact Sheet 2016 PDF  

Note: Since the graduation ceremony is held once per year, previous year Summer and Fall degree completers may participate. Students may be awarded after the completion of each semester (Spring, Summer, Fall).

Preparing for Spring Graduation Ceremony

Prepare for graduation and ensure a successful and enjoyable commencement ceremony. Follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Obtain Official Transcripts


Obtain your Official Transcripts

Apply for official transcripts from all institutions. There may be a fee.

Official transcripts from Maricopa County Community Colleges may cost $5.00.

You can also request a transcript online using

Sister college transcripts are free.

Step 2: Submit Application


Submit Your Application

Bring or deliver your application—prior to the posted deadline—to the Admissions and Records office at:

Phoenix College
ATTN: Admissions & Records - Graduation
1202 W Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013


  1. Download a degree application or certificate application [PDF].
  2. Submit a separate application for each degree/certificate.Consult the Program Codes guide to find the correct number for your Program of Study.
  3. Attach a completed check sheet for each degree/certificate. Check sheets should be picked up from the Advisement Center (you can also find check sheets and more information at the MCCCD Curriculum website)

    Note: It is strongly recommended that students schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor or Program Coordinator for a review of your check-sheet.

Step 3: Pay Fees


Pay Your Fees

To participate in the commencement ceremony (which is only held in May) requires a $25.00 fee. This one-time fee is refundable up to two weeks prior to graduation. This fee must be paid at the Cashiers office during application submission.

The following items are included in this fee:

  • Cap and gown
  • Honor cords
  • Degree or certificate cover

Notification will be sent 30 days prior to the day of the ceremony.

Outstanding Balances

This is a good time to be sure you have no outstanding balances, fees, or traffic fines before you submit your graduation application. Any debts within the Maricopa Colleges must be cleared before a degree/certificate can be awarded.

Step 4: Order Special Regalia


Honors Program Cords & Special Designation

To order regalia (honor cords, etc.), please contact your advisor.
Questions regarding your cap and gown order please contact Admissions and Records in the Hannelly Center.

Please place your order for personalized graduation announcements by April 29th. Generic announcements may be purchased through May 13th. These items may be ordered through the Phoenix College Bookstore.

Phoenix College Bookstore
HB Building

Phi Theta Kappa Graduation Regalia

If you are planning on ordering regalia for your graduation, please go to and click "login" in the upper right corner. Then follow the instructions for entering your Phi Theta Kappa membership number and school information (you should have received your PTK membership card in the mail). Once you have successfully entered the information, you'll be able to order your graduation regalia. Most students choose to order either the chords or the stole. Many students order both. There is no requirement, so you may order one or both of these items. You'll then be asked for payment method and the rest is self-explanatory. Make sure you print out a receipt of any purchase you make.

If you have any trouble placing your order or you have any questions, please call your PTK advisor.

Honors designations will be based only on course work used for graduation requirements, completed prior to the Spring semester. If your designation changes upon completion of your Spring semester grades, your transcript and diploma will reflect the correct designation. We are NOT able to make any honors designation changes on the evening of the graduation ceremony.

If you are a veteran and would like to wear the Veteran's commencement stole, please contact Felicia Kinard in the Admissions & Records office, 602.285.7342.

Step 5: Graduation Survey


Complete the Graduation Survey online.

Step 6: Pick Up Cap & Gown


Honors/Special Designation Regalia

Pick up your cap and gown at the Follett Bookstore, located in the HB building across from the Hannelly Center.

Cap and gowns will be available at the Bookstore starting (date coming soon). You may pick them up during the following business hours: Mon-Thur  8am–6:30pm;  Fri 8am–3pm.

Bookstore Manager:
   Kimberly Allard
   Phone: 602.285.7489
   Fax: 602.230.2081

You may also pick up information regarding commencement location and procedures from the Follett Bookstore.

Day of Ceremony

Student Check-In

  • Graduates must arrive at the college no later than 6:00 p.m.
  • Bottled water will be available.
  • Names are read by deans along with your degree/certificate, honors, and/or affiliations.

Special Accommodations:

  • Seating for disabled will be available on the west side of the field at ground level.
  • Interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing will be present on the west side of the field.
  • Disabled seating for graduates will be available in the front row on the west side (escort will be provided—please notify in advance).

Guest Admission

Family and guests are encouraged to arrive early. Gates to Hoy Stadium will open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Maps & Parking: Parking for you and your guests will be available in the west parking lot (see map). No "stickers" or parking passes are required. You may also wish to refer your guests to the driving directions to Phoenix College. Disabled parking is available.

Code of Conduct

  • Be respectful of other graduates
  • You may carry water and flowers
  • No smoking except in designated areas
  • No cell phones or pagers
  • No animals except for service animals
  • No children in line or in graduate seating areas
  • High heels are not recommended due to soft ground


Professional event photographers will be taking your photo as you shake hands with PC's President as you cross the stage. Please stop and pose for the photographer.

There is no area close to the stage for family to take pictures.

Photo cards will be distributed when you check in the night of the ceremony. If you want professional photos you must submit the photo card. If you're not sure, submit card anyway. The proof is free and there is no obligation to buy.

There is an area for family and friends to take pictures of you.

Grad Images will be photographing all graduates at the graduation ceremony. Visit their website at and click on the Pre-Event Email Registration. Enter your email and the email addresses of your friends and family who would like to view and order your photos. By submitting your information early, you can rest assured that picture proofs will be provided to you as soon as they are available after the event.

You may order your photographs online at or call 800-261-2576.

Alumni Membership


Once you graduate, you will become a proud alum of Phoenix College. Please fill out the alumni membership form to receive information about events and activities that are alumni specific. Membership into the Phoenix College Alumni Association is free to all alumni who either attended or graduated from Phoenix College. Make sure to visit our Facebook page and Like us!