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Graduation 2022 FAQ


Ahead of this year's graduation, we have created a list of commonly asked questions to help better serve you and your questions. Should you have any additional questions please email
During the past year, millions of vaccines have been administered, however, there’s millions still unprotected. In order to keep everyone safe, Pima Community College decided to hold graduation in an outdoor facility
Graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way.
No, there isn’t a need to RSVP and there isn’t rehearsal.  Once you check-in, you’ll be able to enjoy water and photo opportunities while you wait for 7:00 p.m.
Yes, all 2021 summer and fall students are invited to attend the ceremony and festivities.
Yes. Highlights of this year’s ceremony will be posted to and Pima’s YouTube channel.

Please check you student email for your digital announcement.  Another email with your announcement will be sent soon!

Graduation Ceremony

Pima’s 2022 Graduation will begin promptly at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Graduates should arrive by 5:30 p.m. and check in no later than 6:00 p.m. through Gate A. You are not charged to participate in graduation but here is a list of commonly asked questions about this year's event.  

 It’s recommended you arrive between 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Kino has a Bag Policy for events that should answer what you can and cannot take in.
Masks will be available but not required.
Parking is Free!
Graduates will enter through Gate A and Guests, Gate B
Signage off of Ajo will be placed as well as Campus Police traffic control. 
Graduates will be seated on the grass on the baseball field, facing the stands.You will be seated in the order in which you line up to check in. Pima administrators and governing board members will be seated on a stage facing graduates.

Guests can enjoy seats in Kino's stands.
When you cross the stage, you will receive a congratulatory scroll instead of your degree or certificate. The official document will be mailed to you within 10 weeks from the end of the semester for spring graduates, if all graduation requirements have been met. Please return to your seat after you cross the stage area so you can be conferred as a graduate of Pima Community College.
ASL interpreters and captioning will be available.  Call ADR at 206-6688 for you or a loved one by Monday, May 9.
Pima staff will be photographing and digitally recording this event. Your image may be used in College printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet.
If at any point in your academic career at Pima, you requested that your records be marked confidential, your name and degree will not be printed in the Graduation program. The deadline to submit an information release has passed.

How you can get involved in Graduation

Graduation is a culmination of your academic achievements and memories you’ve created during your time at Pima Community College and we want to highlight YOU during the show.  Share your Smiles, videos and stories – Be part of this year’s ceremony by snapping a photo of you in nature, studying in class, with family/friends or location wearing your regalia or favorite outfit.

Yes.  Monday, May 9, 2022

No.  You may wear your favorite outfit.

Photo Week

Photo week is April 25-29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Graduates are invited to have a professional photo shoot - by yourself, with family or friends.  District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Boulevard, Building C, Community Board Room.

No. Photo Week is an optional event open to all graduates for an in-person photo shoot.

After you’ve had your photo taken, you will be handed a card with instructions on how to search and upload your photos through Flicker. 

You may upload your photos for free.
Yes.  You must wear a mask at all times with the exception of when you’re having your photo taken. 

Regalia & Keepsakes

You may order your cap and gown now through Herff Jones by April 11, 2022.

You may order your special accessories at

You can email with your questions.

Pima generally requires that graduates wear traditional “cap and gown” academic regalia during the commencement ceremony. At the same time, Pima also embraces graduates’ self-expression, both reverent and light-hearted, as part of the ceremony. Graduates may and often do personalize or supplement their traditional graduation attire to reflect their own traditions, achievements and personalities. There also may be times when wearing alternate ceremonial attire, other than a traditional cap and gown, enhances the commencement ceremony for the graduate while still honoring the importance of the occasion.

Regardless of what they wear, graduates should be mindful that the commencement ceremony is a proud and often profoundly important moment for those who are graduating, as well as for their loved ones and others in attendance. Accordingly, all graduation attire, in any form, should be respectful and not disrupt the ceremony or interfere with others’ enjoyment of the special occasion.

With those considerations in mind, please take note of the following:

  1. The College generally requires that graduates wear traditional academic caps and gowns during the commencement ceremony, subject to the exceptions noted below.
  2. Graduates may personalize and supplement their caps and gowns without prior approval. Such personal adornments should be respectful to other graduates and attendees and not unduly distracting.
  3. In lieu of or in combination with traditional caps and gowns, graduates also may wear the following (no prior approval required):
    1. Native American ceremonial attire or regalia
    2. Military dress uniforms
    3. Academic regalia from any cultural or national academic tradition that was previously conferred upon the graduate by a college, university or other institution of higher education.
  4. With prior approval from the Provost’s Office, graduates may wear other cultural, religious or ceremonial attire appropriate to the significance of the occasion in lieu of or in addition to traditional caps and gowns. Requests for approval must be submitted to the Provost’s Office in writing not less than ten (10) business days prior to the date of graduation and should include:
    1. a description of the attire the graduate desires to wear and;
    2. an explanation of its cultural, religious or ceremonial significance to the graduate.
  5. Although it is not the College’s practice to question whether graduates are permitted, by cultural tradition or organizational regulation, to wear particular apparel or personal adornments, or if they are otherwise wearing them properly, graduates should wear ceremonial attire, uniforms and honorific symbols only if they are genuinely entitled to wear them and do so appropriately and respectfully.
  6. The College reserves the right to decline to permit graduates to wear or to require graduates to remove or alter, any attire or personal adornments it deems to be unduly distracting or objectively offensive.
  7. Student caps and gowns will be available for purchase at all campus bookstores until May 18 2022, for approximately $36, plus tax. A limited selection also will be available for purchase in the check-in area on the evening of commencement. Students graduating with honors also may purchase a special stole for approximately $22, plus tax (actual prices will be announced prior to the date of graduation).
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