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.

  • Complete Graduation Application (must be signed by advisor) - Graduation Application (Download)
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to review your application and obtain your check sheet
  • Submit completed application to the Welcome Center

Submit the graduation application and completed check sheet to the Admissions, Records & Registration Office via the Welcome Center prior to the posted deadline dates at:
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
ATTN: Admissions, Records & Registration – Graduation
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.


28th Annual Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 11, 2018

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

Commencement fee must be paid by May 10, 2018 in order to participate in the ceremony.

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

Information and Frequently Asked Questions:

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 on Friday, May 11, 2018, 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 after April 23, 2018 (once commencement fee payment has been confirmed)
  • 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, May 2, 2018, 5:00pm at Phoenix College’s Bulpit Auditorium

LGBTQ+ Convocation, May 2, 2018, 7:00pm at Phoenix College’s Hacienda Room

Native American Convocation, May 4, 2018, 7:00pm at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium

Asian Pacific Islander Convocation, May 5, 2018, 10:00am at Rio Conference Center

Hispanic Convocation, May 5, 2018, 2:00pm at Phoenix Convention Center  

MCBAA/African American Convocation, May 8, 2018, 5:00pm at Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center  

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