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2016 Commencement Event Details

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Orpheum Theater
203 W. Adams 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 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. Graduates line-up with faculty, administrators and staff
7 p.m. Formal Commencement Ceremony

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

For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be streamed live during the event. Watch Graduation Ceremony Live


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

Orpheum Theater is an ADA compliant facility and interpreters will be available for the hearing-impaired. To arrange for additional accommodations, please contact Cortney Mesaros at 480-517-8562 or via email by April 29, 2016.

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