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Commencement Details


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

Commencement Photography and Media Notice

The 2024 Rio Salado College Commencement Ceremony is a public event where photos and videos will be taken for event
marketing and promotional purposes.

Questions? Please email: Michelle.Reese@riosalado.edu, Rio Salado College Marketing and Public Relations


Ceremony begins 7 p.m. May 2, 2024.
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


Any students who have completed a degree or certificate since May 1, 2023, or will have completed a program by December 2024 are eligible to participate in this year's Commencement. Students must complete a commencement application, pay the fee, and order a cap and gown from our vendor in order to participate.

Complete this online form to submit your application to attend commencement. Please note, you will need to be logged into your MEID account to access the form.

Apply by March 25 to ensure your name is included in the commencement program.

Join the Celebration: Apply for Your Commencement Participation!


There is no fee for commencement this year, however, students must order their cap and gown regalia from our vendor, Balfour. This is a ticketless event and there is no cost for guests.


To participate in the commencement ceremony, it's mandatory for all students to wear a cap and gown supplied by Balfour.

Important Deadlines:

  • Apply for commencement: no later than March 25th to be included in the program
  • Order your cap & gown: deadline is March 31st 

Please note: Cap and gown orders will not be available for pickup at the ceremony or the Rio Salado office. All orders from Balfour will ship in April.

Honor cords

Students eligible for academic honors will receive their honor cords when checking in on the day of commencement.

Directions to Venue

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). 

If you require accommodations due to a disability please contact the Rio Salado College Disability Resources and Services Office.