Community Award Ceremonies

Community Award Ceremonies#

In addition to the Commencement Ceremony, there are various celebration ceremonies honoring the achievements of graduating students within the campus programs and communities that they belong to. Special celebrations will be held to acknowledge the achievements of our EOPS, DSPS, HIM, RADT, Honors, Promise, Veteran, Chicanx and Latinx, Black, and LGBTQ+ students.

AAPI Recognition Ceremony#

The Asian American Pacific Islander Recognition Ceremony (ARC) is held every spring to celebrate our AAPI community and their accomplishments at Mesa College! Our AAPI Recognition Ceremony aims to be as inclusive as possible, celebrating our diverse Asian American Pacific Islander identities and communities by sharing the traditions and practices we uphold with one another. Celebrate your accomplishments with your friends, family, and peers this Spring 2024! You do not need to identify as AAPI to participate in this ceremony.This event typically takes place in late Spring.

If you have any questions, please connect with Patricia (Trish) Guevarra or Brianna (Brin) Balboa at

DSPS Celebration#

The Disability Club and Honor Society host the DSPS Graduation/Transfer celebration in collaboration with Mesa’s DSPS Department. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate the many accomplishments and achievements of DSPS students and to wish them well.

The 2024 celebration will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2024 3:00-4:00 p.m. in D-101

If you have any questions, please connect with Erika Higginbotham at or call at 619-388-2780.

EOPS Achievement Ceremony#

The EOPS and Special Programs Achievement Ceremony is dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating our student graduates! The program includes a keynote speaker, student speakers, recognition of student graduates’ presentation, and much more! This event typically takes place in late Spring.

If you have any questions, please connect with Karla Trutna at or by phone at 619-388-2706.

Pride Center Lavender Celebration#

The Lavender Celebration is an annual opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of all our LGBTQIA+ students. Our ceremony highlights success within academia and achievements of individual student goals.We celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ students with the support of their friends, loved ones, and chosen family. If you are graduating, transferring, completing a certificate, or have recently returned to school, we invite you to participate! This event typically takes place in late Spring.

If you have any questions, please connect with Lucio Lira at or call (619)388-5096.

Raza Grad Celebration#

Raza Grad Celebration is a culturally empowering ceremony representing historical traditions from throughout the Americas. Raza Grad celebrates the diversity of the Chican@/Hispanic/Indigenous/Latin@ culture. The graduation celebration is open to all San Diego Mesa College graduating students who value the access to higher education and retention of our communities. Participation is not limited by area of study, ethnic background, or national origin. This event typically takes place in late Spring.

If you have any questions, please connect with Fabiola (Faby) Beas and Agustin Rivera 

Rite of Passage Celebration#

Dear Future Mesa College Graduate,

Join us for the San Diego Community College District Black Graduates and Transfer Students Rite of Passage on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. This is a celebration honoring academic excellence, determination, and the sacrifices which have led to your success. Our in-person celebration will include student recognition, entertainment, and free food. The Rite of Passage Ceremony is a celebration you do not want to miss! Graduates from Continuing Education, City, Mesa, Miramar College will join in celebration. Please RSVP by May 3rd

If you have any questions, please connect with Candice Katungi at, Leticia Diaz or Victoria Miller

What is your campus of record?
If not tranferring, enter "None"
I will attend the in person Rite of Passage Celebration on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 5:30pm @ Mesa College
How many guests would you like to bring?

During the ceremony we will play a slide show with your picture along with a brief statement. If you would like to appear in the slideshow please complete the following:

Please upload a picture of yourself, make it a JPEG file (Picture of graduate only).

The Rite of Passage Committee reserves the right to deny any picture that is considered inappropriate. 

Photo upload link: 2024 ROP-Ceremony-Pics
Please only upload 1 picture

Your statement should be 1-2 sentences. Please choose from one of the following prompts for your statement:

a) Tell us about where you are transferring to
b) Tell us what degree you are earning
c) Thank your supporters, family, friends, and/or faculty

The Rite of Passage Committee reserves the right to edit/condense your statement.

If you do not wish to provide a "Thank you" statement, place a checkmark below.

Disclaimer: By participating in the SDCCD Black Graduates and Transfer Student Rite of Passage celebration, you are giving consent for the committee to utilize pictures taken at the event in future promotional documentation.


Veterans Recognition Ceremony#

The Veterans Recognition Ceremony celebrates the academic achievements of all military-affiliated students who have, or plan on graduating/transferring from San Diego Mesa College within the academic year. This event typically takes place in late Spring.

If you have any questions, please connect with Jordan Agricula at or by phone at 619-388-2805.