Commencement Ceremony Overview

RSVP to Commencement Ceremony

The 2024 San Diego Mesa College Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on 

May 24, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mesa College Merrill Douglas Stadium.

The commencement ceremony RSVP link will be emailed in March to Summer 2023 & Fall 2023 graduates, as well as Spring 2024 & Summer 2024 students with an active application for graduation on file. New grads will be invited every Monday until the deadline.

Reserve Guest Tickets

Guest tickets are required for all guests ages 3+. For details on how graduates can reserve and distribute guest tickets, please visit the Commencement Ticket Information website.

The deadline for graduates to reserve guest tickets is May 10, 2024.

Purchase Your Cap & Gown at GradFest

All graduating students are required to wear a cap, gown, and tassel during the Commencement Ceremony. 

During GRADFEST, the Mesa Bookstore will offer discounts for commencement regalia (cap, gown, etc.)  

2024 GRADFEST Dates: May 8th and May 9th between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm

If you are graduating with Honors (3.5+ GPA) or as a Valedictorian (4.0 GPA), you will be able to purchase special honors cords and tassels that recognize this distinction. Valedictorians are further distinguished with blue caps and gowns, instead of the traditional black regalia. The Mesa Bookstore will be open until the beginning of commencement for last minute purchases of regalia.

Day of Commencement

The 2024 Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held May 24, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mesa College Merrill Douglas Stadium. Graduate check-in is in the Mesa Gymnasium at 11:00 a.m.

Please visit the Day of Commencement website for specific details and updates. 

Apply to Be the Student Commencement Speaker

The San Diego Mesa College Commencement Speaker Selection Committee searches for an outstanding graduating student to be the commencement speaker for the Mesa College Commencement each year. If you are a student preparing to graduate, this is your chance to represent your graduating class. Application period opens each year in mid-March & auditions are held in mid-April. Learn suggestions on speech format and evaluation criteria for audition/speech

The student Commencement speaker application window is now closed for the 2024 Ceremony. 

Honor a Future Mesa Graduate By Donating Your Cap and Gown

Each year, Mesa receives several requests for caps and gowns for students who do not have the resources to purchase them. Consider donating your cap and gown for a future Mesa College graduate who needs it. We will have bins located in the courtyard of the Pavilion where you can drop off your cap and/or gown to donate it.