Graduation and Commencement

Due dates for graduation applications are:


First Friday in November


First Friday in April


First Friday in April

Note: Applications received after the posted deadline will not be printed in the Commencement Ceremony Program.

Review the General Graduation Requirements
Honors Designation

3.900 to 4.000 With Highest Distinction Gold Honor Cord
3.700 to 3.899 With High Distinction White Honor Cord
3.500 to 3.699 With Distinction Red Honor Cord

If you took classes at another University or 2 Year College in addition to your PVCC coursework which will be applied toward your degree, you must request official transcripts from those institutions and ask that they be evaluated and posted to your PVCC record.

Applicants will receive notification in their student message center from the Admissions, Records & Registration office regarding application status.
Applicants have thirty days after the anticipated graduation date to remove all academic deficiencies on their record. Applicants who are not eligible for the degree/certificate must re-apply.


Dream City Church
13613 N Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022

Check-In will begin at 5:00pm. All graduates must be checked in by 6:45pm, or you may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. The venue has no place for storing personal items, please leave items with family and friends. Due to limited space, only participating graduates will be allowed in the check-in area.

-Parking is free
Additional parking information will be forthcoming.

Professional photographers will be taking pictures of all commencement participants during the commencement ceremony. The photos will be available for purchase from Grad Images. To complete your pre-event registration, go to Grad Images.

Please note:  Live streaming video, videotaping and photographs will be taken throughout the commencement ceremony.

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not certify graduation or completion of a certificate. Degree and certificate recipients who participate in the ceremony will receive an award cover at the ceremony. Students will receive diplomas and certificates via mail once certificates and degrees are available. Diplomas and certificates will be mailed 8 – 10 weeks after they have been posted to the address listed on the graduation application.

PVCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will have PTK regalia available for purchase. Payment will be accepted at the Welcome Center. Arrangements to pick up regalia can be made by contacting Dr. Stephen J. Nicoloff at, or Ryan Martin at

If you or one of your guests is in need of accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center at 602.787.7171. For more information, see the DRS website at

For information on Veterans stoles and cords please contact Veterans Services at 602.787.7045.

  • Balloons are not permitted in the venue
  • Caps and gowns can be picked up in the Welcome Center 
  • A reception will be held immediately following the commencement ceremony.

Cultural Convocations

Maricopa has a proud tradition of offering you the opportunity to celebrate graduations through culturally-focused convocation ceremonies. These focused, more intimate events are cultural celebrations. They are an affirmation to the Maricopa Community Colleges inclusive support and outreach to the greater community, families and friends in a meaningful way.

Veterans Convocation
Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 West Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85013

LGBTQ+ Convocation
Phoenix College John Paul Theatre
1202 West Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85013

American Indian Convocation
Phoenix College Bulpitt Auditorium
1202 West Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85013

Asian Pacific Islander Convocation
Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street Tempe, AZ 85281

Hispanic Convocation
Phoenix Convention Center South Ballroom
100 North 3rd Street Phoenix, AZ 85004

MCBAA/African American Convocation
South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center
7050 S 24th Street  Phoenix, AZ  85042

Join the Alumni Association Today!
If you graduated or attended Paradise Valley, then you are considered one of PVCC’s valued Alumni. The college welcomes you to officially join the Paradise Valley Community College Alumni Association (PVCCAA). For more information, visit