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How to Participate

To participate in the annual commencement ceremony, students must complete a graduation application and pay a $25 commencement fee to cover the cost of cap and gown. apply to participate in the Commencement ceremony no later than March 15 by completing this application.

Submit Commencement Participation Request Applications and payment are also accepted in person at the Student Enrollment Services department located at Rio Salado College (RSC) Tempe.

Cap & Gown Information

Students who participate in the ceremony must wear the official royal blue cap, gown and tassel. The commencement fee of $25 pays for the student's attire (cap, gown and tassel) and diploma cover. Students may pick up their graduation attire in the Tower Building at RSC Tempe.


Cap, gown, and tassels will NOT be available at the venue. In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, students must pick up their attire at RSC Tempe beginning Wednesday, April 3rd through Noon on the day of commencement.

GoArmyEd Students

GoArmyEd students, please follow these steps if you are within 9 credits of graduation. Graduation Process for GoArmyEd Students.

Phi Theta Kappa Members

To purchase a gold stole and tassel to wear the night of commencement, please order directly from Recognition Services at Phi Theta Kappa International.

Honors Graduates

Graduates from the honors program have completed at least 15 credits of specially designated honors work and have achieved a cumulative 3.5 grade point average.

Graduates earn the right to wear honor cords by maintaining a certain grade point average. A white cord is worn by students who graduate with Distinction (GPA 3.5-3.69); a red cord indicates the student is graduating with High Distinction (GPA 3.7 - 3.89); and a gold cord indicates a student who is graduating with Highest Distinction (GPA 3.9-4.0).


Now that you have earned your certificate or degree, Rio Salado can help you with the next step in your educational journey.

Attend Commencement Ceremony