FAQs: Commencement

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Commencement Details

Where

Arizona Financial Theatre
400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Arizona Financial Theatre is located on the Northwest corner of 4th Avenue and Washington Street.
From West: I-10 East to 7th Avenue south, take to Adams Street, turn left (East) to Fourth Avenue.
From East: I-10 West to 7th Avenue south, take to Adams Street, turn left (East) to Fourth Avenue.
Parking: Adjacent parking garage is at 4th Ave and Adams (Adams Street Garage).

When

Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
General student check in begins at 5:45 p.m. (5:15 p.m. check-in for specialty group photos)
The lobby will open at 5:30 p.m. and the auditorium at 6:15 p.m. for guests

Who

Any students who have completed a degree or certificate since May 1, 2022, or will have completed a program by December 2023 are eligible to participate in this year's Commencement. Students must complete a commencement application, pay the fee, and pick up a cap and gown in order to participate.

Cost

There is a $25 fee for commencement which covers the cost of the cap/gown/tassel/diploma cover. This is a ticketless event and there is no cost for guests.

Caps/gowns

All students wishing to participate in the commencement ceremony must wear a cap/gown provided from Rio Salado College. Caps and gowns will be available for pickup on April 24 from our main tower location (2323 W. 14th St, Tempe, AZ 85281) They will NOT be available for pickup at the ceremony.

Honor cords - Academic Honors