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I Will Graduate!

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

We have compiled all the necessary forms and information you need to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Remember, you cannot participate if you do not submit your application on time.

Apply by March 30th to ensure your name is printed in the commencement program.
You may participate in the ceremony so long as your graduation application is submitted by Wednesday, May 9th, but your name will not appear in the commencement program.

To participate in the commencement ceremony, which is only held in May, requires a $25.00 fee. This fee must be paid at the Student Enrollment Services by May 9th. A scholarship opportunity is available to students eligible for Financial Aid. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

The following items are included in this fee:

  • Cap, gown, tassel
  • Honor cords (if applicable)
  • Five announcements
  • Degree/certificate cover

See an advisor and apply for Spring 2018 Graduation or use this link to submit your application online.

By signing the Graduation Application, you give South Mountain Community College consent to publish your name in the college commencement program. For special circumstances, please contact the Admissions & Records office.

Graduation Ceremony information

  • Date: May 10th, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Grand Canyon University Arena
  • 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
  • Map:
Personal Items We are not be responsible for any personal items.
Accommodations Visitors needing assistance or other disability needs, please contact Catherine Pettet 602.243.8027 for information.
Cap & Gowns Information regarding Cap & Gown pickup will be posted as we near the ceremony.
Venue Restrictions The following items will not be allowed in the Arena:

  • No Balloons
  • No Noise Makers
Diploma Only the covers are issued during Commencement. The address in your Student Center is where the diploma will be sent. Please check your Student Center to update your address if needed.
Photographer A photographer will be at the Grand Canyon University Arena.

Two pictures will be taken during the ceremony when you receive your diploma and when you depart from the stage.

Are you eligible to graduate?

Students maintaining continuous enrollment at any public Arizona community college or university may graduate according to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment or according to the requirements of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment. Students may maintain continuous enrollment whether attending a single public community college or university in Arizona or transferring among public institutions in Arizona while pursuing their degrees.

Time Limit for Completing Coursework

In areas of study in which the subject matter changes rapidly, the material in courses taken long before graduation may become obsolete or irrelevant. Coursework that is more than eight years old is applicable to completion of degree requirements at the discretion of the student’s major department. Departments may accept such coursework, reject it, or request that the student revalidates its substance. The eight-year limit on coursework applies except when program accreditation agencies limit the life of coursework to less than eight years. Departments may also require students to satisfy current major requirements rather than major requirements in earlier catalogs when completing earlier requirements is no longer possible or educationally sound. The college reserves the right to make necessary course and program changes in order to meet current educational standards.

General Graduation Requirements

All students are required to complete the degree and/or certificate requirements as approved by the MCCCD Governing Board. The college reserves the right to make necessary course and program changes in order to meet current educational standards. In addition, students must:

  • – Be credited, in the Office of Admissions and Records, with no fewer than 60-semester credit units in courses numbered 100 or above for the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, Associate in Applied Science degree,  Associate in Business degree, and/or Associate in General Studies degree.
  • – Be credited, for specific certificate programs, with no fewer than the minimum total of credit units required for the certificate program.
  • – Have earned a minimum of 12-semester credit units toward the degree or certificate at the college granting the degree or certificate. In cases where the certificate requires fewer than 12 credit units, a minimum of six credit units must be completed at the college awarding the certificate.
  • – Have filed an application for graduation for the degree and/or certificate with the Office of Admissions and Records by the date determined by the college.
  • – Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 at the college granting the degree
  • – Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 in all courses used to fulfill degree requirements. Some specific programs have higher-grade requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of these program requirements.
  • – Have removed, thirty (30) days after the anticipated graduation date, all deficiencies on the record to use those courses toward program completion
  • – Have removed any indebtedness to any MCCCD college/center

If you can answer all statements with a YES – you qualify for Graduation.

Certificates / Degrees

The Maricopa Community Colleges offer Associate Degree, Certificates of Completion, and Academic Certificate program to our students. These certificates and degrees are as follows:

  • Certificate of Completion (Career Program Specified);
  • Academic Certificate;
  • Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A, AGEC-B, AGEC-S);
  • Associate in Arts;
  • Associate in Science;
  • Associate in Business;
  • Associate in General Studies;
  • Associate in Applied Science (Career Program Specified).

All candidates for a degree and/or certificate must complete the General Graduation Requirements as approved by the MCCCD Governing Board.

All students are urged to meet with a faculty advisor, program advisor, or academic advisor as soon as possible to determine which program meets their needs and to plan their course of study.

For more details and additional requirements and limitations please review the Catalog.

It’s Your Responsibility

Contact your advisor for specific questions about your program of study or graduation requirements.

Become a graduate

Your first step to graduation is becoming a student. We understand that first step can be overwhelming, that’s why the District has created the Student Organizer Sheet. You’ll find all the steps you need to complete before your first day of class. And remember, at any step you may contact a real person to help you through the process.

Students may apply for admission anytime throughout the year. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study.