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2017 Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations Pima Graduates!

Plan to attend the 2017 Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m.. in the Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Come and celebrate the accomplishments of Pima’s 2017 graduates at this special event.

   Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Ceremony location: Tucson Convention Center Arena
260 South Church Avenue
Directions & parking information
Time: Arrive by 5:30 p.m.
Graduate check-in by: 6:30 p.m. at Exhibition Hall
Ceremony begins: 7 p.m.

Information for graduates and their guests:

Information card – When you check-in in the North Exhibition Hall, verify or correct your name and degree/certificate information on the information card you receive. As you approach the stage, the card will be collected and the information on it will be read as you cross the stage.

Graduation announcements – Starting April 10, 2017, you may obtain up to 10 announcements at no charge from the Student Services Center at any PCC campus.

Graduation program - If at any point in your academic career at Pima, you requested that your records be marked confidential, your name and degree will not be printed in the Graduation program. The deadline has passed to submit a request to rescind this.

Graduation Regalia – Student caps and gowns are mandatory for the ceremony and are available at all campus bookstores until Thursday, May 18 for $34, plus tax. A limited selection will be available the evening of commencement in the North Exhibition Hall. In addition, veterans may purchase a special stole for $25, while students graduating with honors may purchase a special stole for $24.

Parking – The TCC will be charging $10 per car.

Graduation seating – You will be seated in the order in which you line up to check in at the TCC's North Exhibition Hall. For liability reasons, Silly String is not allowed in the Tucson Convention Center facilities. In addition, vuvuzelas, air horns and other noise makers are not allowed at Graduation.

Family and guests – You may bring as many guests as you wish to the ceremony, which is free. No tickets or reservations are necessary for your guests. Guests are not allowed on the arena floor during the ceremony.

Accommodation requests – Pima will provide reasonable ADA accommodations upon request.  In order to ensure availability of services, requests must be received before May 1.  If you are a student, contact Access and Disability Resources at 520-206-6688. If you are a community member or PCC employee, contact the College ADA office at 520-206-4539.

Televised – A portion of this year’s ceremony will be recorded and played back on Pima’s Cox and Comcast cable channels for those family members and friends that cannot attend the ceremony. View the playback schedule

Your diploma – When you cross the stage, you will receive a congratulatory scroll in place of your degree or certificate. The official document will be mailed to you within 10 weeks from the end of the semester for spring graduates if all graduation requirements have been met. Please return to your seat after you cross the stage area so you can be conferred as a graduate of Pima Community College.

Use of your recorded image - PCC staff will be photographing and digitally recording this event.  Your image may be used in College printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet.

Frequently Asked Questions - Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Graduation Ceremony for more details.

Multicultural Convocation - Pima's Multicultural Convocation is an event that celebrates your academic achievement and cultural diversity. It is open to ALL graduates. The RSVP deadline is April 21.  The 2017 Convocation is Friday, May 12, in the West Campus Gymnasium. 

More questions? If you have questions, please email