The Event

 Graduation Orientation 

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Graduation is a time to pay tribute to each member of the graduating class. As students of Mesa Community College you have left, and will continue to leave, an indelible legacy of achievement and a tradition of excellence for generations to come.


  • Friday, May 9, 2014
  • Processional begins at 7:15 p.m.
  • Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. As a courtesy to others, please stay for the entire ceremony.
  • Cap/gown, tassels, honor cords (if applicable) and five announcements (additional announcements are available for $9.99 for a pack of 5 at the Bookstore) will be available for pickup at the Southern/Dobson Campus Bookstore from April 14-May 2.

Student Check-In

  • Student check-in is at 6:15 p.m. in the Event Tent on the east side of campus.
  • Check-in is set up by last name.
  • Cards are alphabetized by last name.
  • Line up begins at 6:45 p.m. and is by row.
  • The line will begin marching at 7:00 p.m., the processional starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.
  • A-L will be seated on the east side of  courtyard.
  • M-Z will be seated on the west side of courtyard.
  • Programs will be on your chair.
  • Interpreters for the hearing impaired can be viewed from the video screen.
  • Honor designations are as of the end of the fall semester for spring graduates.
  • Names are read by deans.
  • Cards are pre-printed. 

Code of Conduct

  • Be respectful of other graduates.
  • You may carry water and flowers.
  • Please turn off/silence cell phones.
  • No animals except for service animals.
  • No children in line or in graduate seating areas.
  • No smoking allowed anywhere on campus.

Special Accommodations

Accessible seating is available on a first come, first served basis in the front section of guest seating, east side.

Maps & Parking

All parking lots are open and available for you and your guests. No "stickers" or parking passes are required.  Click here to view a map of the campus.

Be sure to view the interactive campus map to find the most convenient parking. You may also wish to refer your guests to the Driving Directions to Mesa Community College.

What to Wear

Dress comfortably and appropriately. Hat decorations okay as appropriate. Ethnic symbols, sashes, ribbons are okay. Cap and gown are required to walk in ceremony.

Security & Safety Measures

  • No weapons on campus.
  • No alcohol permitted on campus.
  • Guests and family members will not be permitted to congregate at the base of the stage.
  • Non-emergency, 480-461-7046. Emergency, 480-461-7777.

It's Your Responsibility

Contact your advisor for specific questions about your program of study or graduation requirements or visit the Advisement & Registration Services website.