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2018 Commencement Event Details

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Comerica Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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5:30 p.m. Doors open to the lobby and graduating student check-in begins (the auditorium will open at 6:15 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. Graduates line-up with faculty, administrators and staff
7 p.m. Formal Commencement Ceremony
8:45 p.m. Graduates meet family and friends across the street at the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Building Plaza

Ceremony Highlights

  • Commencement address by Dr. Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado College President
  • Student speaker remarks
  • Awarding of certificates, degrees and recognitions of academic achievement

Ceremony Streaming


GradImages will take photographs of graduates receiving their diplomas and when they exit the stage. Proofs of these photos will be made available at and can also be purchased directly from GradImages by calling 800-261-2576. Please email inquiries to


DVDs of the commencement ceremony can be purchased for $20. Orders must be prepaid by commencement day. A Rio Salado College representative will be on-hand at the ceremony to take orders.

Special Accommodations

Comerica Theatre is an ADA compliant facility and interpreters will be available for the hearing-impaired. Please contact Christina Bolyard, Manager of Disability Resources and Services at (480) 517-8562 to request accommodation.

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