Mesa Journeys



Day of Commencement 

San Diego Mesa College 2023-2024 Commencement Ceremony will be celebrated in May, 2024. Date TBA. 

2023 Commencement Map

for an interactive map, click here


  • 10:30 a.m. Graduate check-in begins (have your student User ID# ready) at the Mesa Gymnasium
  • 12:30 p.m. Graduate Check-in ends.
  • 12:30 p.m. Mandatory graduation rehearsal, lineup, and procession
  • 2:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony begins
  • 5:00 p.m. Ceremony concludes (approximately)


  • Parking is free.
  • Graduates must park in Lot 1 located in front of the I-400 Student Services Building. (see: campus mapGoogle Maps) 
  • See below for guest parking information


  • Graduates must be in proper academic regalia (cap, gown and tassel) to participate in the ceremony. Please wear your tassel on the right side of your cap until you are instructed to move it to the other side.
  • Caps and gowns are available for purchase at the bookstore (online and in person) along with other commencement items. Limited caps and gowns will be available for purchase on the day of the ceremony (see: campus map, Google Maps).
  • Discounted Caps and Gowns are available during Grad Fest May 10th & 11th 2023 9:00AM-4:00PM at bookstore.


  • 12:30 p.m. Stadium (see: commencement map (PDF), Google Maps) will open, and guest seating will begin on a first-come basis (Commencement ushers will be available to direct guests to accessibile seating, if needed).
  • 2:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony begins
  • 5:00 p.m. Ceremony concludes (approximately)


  • Mesa College Commencement Ceremony is free for everyone but tickets are required for all guests ages three and up.
  • Please obtain your guest tickets from your graduate. Guest ticket distribution information available here
  • Guest parking is free. Guests are encouraged to park in PS 100, but may park in most of the lots around the perimeter of campus on Mesa College Circle (see: commencement map (PDF) with parking locations marked). Guests may park in student, staff, or flex parking spaces.
  • Scroll down to view the ADA map.
  • Guests who need disabled parking will be directed to designated areas by parking staff and posted signage.
  • Bus Route 44 stops at Armstrong Place and Mesa College Drive.
  • Graduation gifts will be available for purchase.

Will-Call Ticket Booth:

  • The will-call ticket booth will be across the street from campus police/ guest parking, near the ramp.
  • To have tickets reserved for will-call please email with your name,
    • Student user ID number
    • Number of tickets
    • Request to hold tickets for will-call
    • Name of the guest who will pick up the tickets on the day of the ceremony at the will-call booth. 


  • The San Diego Community College Police department will be providing a sizable contingency working multi-layered security for the event, including traffic control, and overwatch.
  • The entire event will take place outdoors. There will be no shade provided for graduates or guests. Please dress accordingly.
  • For ease of viewing the ceremony, balloons, umbrellas, and pop-up tents are prohibited. All persons entering the stadium are subject to search.
  • Graduates should leave floral bouquets, etc. with guests during the ceremony.
  • Trained service animals-as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  that are assisting individuals with disabilities are welcome at Commencement.  Service animals and their handlers must comply with AP 3105.2 -Service Animals.  All other animals including emotional support animals are not considered service animals and are not permitted at Commencement.
  • There are no facilities for securing purses, backpacks, and/or other valuables.
  • Out of respect for your fellow graduates and their families, please do not leave until the ceremony ends.
  • American Sign Language interpreters will be available at the ceremony.
  • If you have a disability that requires assistance to participate in the ceremony and you have not already done so, please contact the Student Affairs Office at (619) 388-2699 to make the appropriate arrangements.
  • Only diploma covers will be distributed during Commencement. Diplomas will be mailed to you only after all graduation requirements have been verified and all financial holds have been cleared.
  • Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee your application for graduation will be approved. You can view your graduation status in the mySDCCD portal under My Academics->View Graduation Status.


ADA Commencement Map 2023

For a PDF version of the ADA Map, please click here. 

Let’s rock the social media world with our Mesa pride! (And get your family and friends to join in!) 


  • For your family and that can’t attend, Mesa’s 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live at:
  • A professional photographer will take pictures of every graduate as degrees are conferred. Information about ordering photographs will be given to each graduate during check-in/ rehearsal.
  • General pictures will be posted to our Facebook page and the Mesa College Flickr album.

For any questions related to the Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Mesa Evaluations office and Student Affairs.


Congratulations on your accomplishment!