Commencement

Commencement

Phoenix College’s 97th annual Commencement Ceremony, honoring the achievements of the Class of 2019, will take place on May 10, 2019. Details about the ceremony will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018 degree/certificate completion, apply by November 1st.

Spring 2019 degree/certificate completion, apply by March 1st.

Graduation Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: TBD
Place:  TBD
2017 Commencement Video

2018 Commencement Video

 

Theme: I Made It Happen at Phoenix College

Valedictorian: TBD
Salutatorian: TBD

Downloads:

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

 RSVP for cultural convocations

Preparing for Spring Graduation Ceremony

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

STEP 1

Obtain your Official Transcripts

Ensure that all credit received at other institutions is sent to Phoenix College by ordering official transcripts and sending them to:

Phoenix College Admissions, Records, and Registration
1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Please note: You do not need to have other Maricopa Community College transcripts sent to PC.

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

You can also request a transcript online using My.maricopa.edu.

Sister college transcripts are free.

STEP 2

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

Instructions:

  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 Hannelly One-Stop Enrollment 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.

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 3

Grad Trax is a graduation information session for all potential graduates who are targeted to complete a degree or certificate.  In this informational session, you will learn about the many resources available to assist you with your transition from Phoenix College to your next step. The resources include, the next steps to transfer to a university or the tools needed to apply for your career. You will gain knowledge on the importance of paying off student debt and payment options available to you. The session will wrap up with what to expect on commencement day and what you can do to get involved with Phoenix College’s Alumni Association.

Steps to Sign Up for Grad Trax

1. Select the Grad Trax Session with the date and time convenient for you

Monday Afternoon Sessions 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Wednesday Night Sessions 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm:

2. If you have trouble registering, you can receive help by:

  • Visiting the Welcome Center inside the Hannelly Building
  • Calling the Contact Center at 602.285.7777
  • Or e-mailing ar@phoenixcollege.edu. Please include your full name, ID number, and date you wish to attend.

3. Get ready to have a blast!

Things to bring:

  • MEID and 8-digit student ID number.
  • Picture ID.

STEP 4

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 (date TBD). Generic announcements may be purchased through May 12th. These items may be ordered through the Phoenix College Bookstore.

Phoenix College Bookstore
HB Building
602.285.7491

Phi Theta Kappa Graduation Regalia

If you are planning on ordering regalia for your graduation, please go to http://www.ptk.org/Store.aspx 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. You may choose to order the chords, the stole, or both.

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 Veterans Services at 602.285.7342.

STEP  5

Coming soon.

STEP 6

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 beginning (date to be determined). You may pick them up during the following business hours: Mon-Thur  8am–6:00pm;  Fri 8am–1pm.

Bookstore Manager:
   Kimberly Allard
   Phone: 602.285.7489
   Fax: 602.230.2081
   Email: phoenix@bkstr.com

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

Student Check-In

  • Graduates must arrive at (location TBD) no later than (time TBD).
  • Bottled water will be available.

Special Accommodations:

  • Seating for disabled guests will be available.
  • Interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing will be present. 
  • Disabled seating for graduates will be available. Please notify Disability Resources and Services in advance.

Guest Admission

Family and guests are encouraged to arrive early. Doors to Grand Canyon University Arena will open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Parking: (Spring 2019 commencement parking TBD)
There are three designated parking garages for the Arena, the 29th Avenue garage, the 33rd Avenue garage, and the Halo garage (located off 35th Avenue).  Traffic control officers will direct traffic to the appropriate garage as capacity allows upon arrival.  Please plan accordingly to arrive on time due to rush hour traffic and the distance from the parking structure to the Arena.  Handicapped parking is available.  Please see the map provided for more information.

Code of Conduct

  • Be respectful of other graduates/faculty/staff
  • No smoking except in designated areas
  • Cell phones must be silent or turned off 
  • No smoking except in designated areas
  • No animals except for service animals
  • No children in line or in graduate seating areas
  • Be attentive and listen to instructions given

Portraits

GradImages Inc. will be take “no obligation” portrait photographs during the ceremony.   When you pick up your regalia from the Bookstore, you will receive a photo card to complete and give back to them. 

Order photographs online at www.gradimages.com or call 800-261-2576.

Family and friends may take pictures AFTER the conclusion of the recessional march.  Faculty, administrators, and staff will remain a few minutes for pictures.

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

Alumni

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!