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 Graduation

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As we continue to navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local communities remain our top priority.

Commencement and Convocation celebrations are incredibly important milestones in your lives, and we are committed to giving you the celebration you have earned. While the ceremonies in May are canceled, we are exploring other options to bring together our graduates and their families at a later date in other venues when we can celebrate without health and safety concerns.

We will continue to keep you informed of new developments and new actions as they are taken. Please continue to visit maricopa.edu/coronavirus, as we update frequently with the latest information and advisories
  • Apply
The following information provides a step by step guide on how to apply for graduation.
Graduation Application priority deadlines are listed below. Please note that applications received AFTER the deadline will be accepted, but may not be processed until the following semester:

• Fall 2019 Graduates – November 1, 2019
• Spring 2020 Graduates – April 1, 2020
• Summer 2020 Graduates – July 1, 2020
Step 1 - Determine if you are eligible to Graduate
Step 2 - Official Transcripts are on file at CGC
Step 3 - Graduation Application Form
Step 4 - Submit Graduation Application for Review
Commencement Ceremony
Q - Do I need to RSVP?
Q - Where can I purchase my CAP/GOWN/TASSEL?
Q - Where can I pick up my cap and gown?
Q - What if it is past the deadline date to petition to graduate?
Q - How do I know if I am eligible to participate in commencement after I petition?
Q - What time does the commencement ceremony begin?
Q - Where will the commencement ceremony be held?
Q - What time do I need to check-in for commencement? Where do I check-in?
Q - Is there a fee to apply for graduation?
Q - Is there a fee to participate in the commencement ceremony?
Q - Who needs a graduation invitation?
Q - What if I have guests who need special assistance or are handicapped?
Q - Are you a student who needs special accomodations at commencement?
Q - Are photos available to purchase of the ceremony?
Q - Where do I park? Is there a fee for parking?
Q - How is the flow of traffic during commencement?
Q - What can I bring to commencement? (Can I bring celebratory items I.e.: horns, balloons, flowers, etc.)
Q - I have guests who want to watch the ceremony online. How can they do that?
Q - What happens if I show up late for any ceremony?
Q - Where can my family sit? Is there assigned seating?

Download PDF or PNG Invitation

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College and cultural convocations are a time for smaller groups to gather and celebrate students’ graduation. The smaller setting provides the opportunity for individual recognition. Convocation events are where your name is called and you will cross the stage to receive congratulations. For more information about a particular convocation, please contact 480-732-7320, for information about special interest convocations.

2020 Convocation Schedules

AFRICAN AMERICAN CONVOCATION | FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020 | 6:30 P.M.
South Mountain Community College | Performing Arts Center
7050 S 24th St
Phoenix, AZ 85042
 
AMERICAN INDIAN CONVOCATION | SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020 | 10:30 A.M.
Phoenix College | Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER CONVOCATION | WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2019 | 6:30 P.M.
Rio Salado College | Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
HISPANIC CONVOCATION | SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2020 | 2:30 P.M.
Phoenix Convention Center | South Ballroom
100 N. 3rd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
 

LGBTQ+ CONVOCATION | MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 | 6:30 P.M.
Phoenix College | John Paul Theatre
1202 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013
 
VETERANS CONVOCATION | THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020 | 6:30 P.M.
Phoenix College | Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

When to expect your diploma?

Graduates do not receive diplomas at Commencement or at college convocations. Diplomas will be mailed 10 to 12 weeks after the commencement ceremony to your permanent address on file at the registrar's office. Change of diploma address must be submitted in one of the following two ways: Present in writing or a change of address form. Please contact Admissions & Records at 480-732-7020. You may also change your address online through your student center @ My.maricopa.edu