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Graduation FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions for graduation and commencement:

What do I wear for the virtual commencement ceremony?

The ceremony on May 14th will be from the comfort of your home or wherever you are celebrating! Your Stageclips submission is what will aired during the virtual ceremony. You can wear anything that is most comfortable to you!

Will my name be read at the ceremony?

Graduate names will be displayed on the screen using your submission from Stageclips. 

What happens if I show up late for any ceremony?

The virtual ceremony will be pre recorded, and you can watch at anytime.

How long is the ceremony? 

Two to three hours. 

What is a program book?

A program book has all the information about the commencement ceremony and lists ALL graduates with their name, degree/certificate earned, distinction, honors, PTK.

When will I receive information about the ceremony?

All students who submitted their application will receive an e-mail from the PC Commencement Committee and from Stageclips with instructions to be included in the ceremony. 

Can certificate holders participate?

YES!! :) They go through the same process as degree holders.

Are there professional photographic services offered?   

No, professional photography services will not be offered for the 2021 ceremony.

Where is the ceremony located?


What time is the ceremony?

6:00 p.m. (MST-Arizona time)

How many people can a student invite to the ceremony and do guests need tickets?

We are virtual, you can invite EVERYBODY!

Do I need to have invitations for my family?

I you wish to send out announcements, you can purchase announcements through the Bookstore.

Can I still participate even if I have more classes to take? (Summer in-progress classes)

Yes, students can participate in ANY spring semester they want. They will not receive their diploma until ALL courses and ALL grades are posted.

If I don’t want to participate in the commencement ceremony, do I have to pay a graduation fee?

Since we are virtual for the Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony, student will not be charged a participation fee. 

Will there be a printed or virtual program book for commencement?

Yes, there will be a virtual program book (that you can print). You can find the program book here

Do students get a special cord for GPA?

Students will receive a distinction cord if they earned a 3.5 GPA or higher.

GPA for the ceremony/cords will be calculated based on the previous semester.GPA is calculated by the grades for the students degree. Transfer credits are also included.

The final GPA will be calculated when grades are posted and will be reflected on the student’s diploma/transcript.

Do students receive tassels or stoles for PTK or honors? 

Phoenix College does not provide PTK tassels or stoles. The student will need to purchase these items on the PTK website. If they have any questions they can speak to our PTK rep, in the honors department. Students in the Honors Program can contact the coordinator of this directly at

Are there any extra steps I need to be complete to receive such honors?

PTK- Students sign up for PTK on the website. I believe there is a deadline to be apart of PTK and the student would need to check on the website. Also, the minimum GPA to withhold PTK is 3.25.

Honors- Honors students would need to complete 15 credit hours of honors classes to be an eligible honor student. Students need to connect with Elaine P. for any information regarding honors. Also, students would need to maintain at least a 3.5 for their degree.

When can I pick up my cap and gown?

You can order your cap and gown with our preferred vendor by following this link.

I want a duplicate of my diploma/ certificate sent to me, what do I need to do?

Students who are in need of a duplicate of their diploma will need to email You will be charged a $5 fee. 

Do students really need to have a check sheet to turn in a degree application?

Yes, providing a check sheet will eliminate any chances of your application being denied for missing requirements. 

Are the degree applications online?

The applications are online for students to download on the graduation webpage

How late can a student submit a graduation application?

Students who are NOT participating in commencement can submit their application at any time. 

Students who ARE participating in commencement need to submit their appliucation by March 1st to have their name displayed in the virtual commencement program book.