Graduation Necessities



Graduation Necessities

The Necessities

Caps and gowns are a necessity for your graduation.  Graduation regalia including gowns, caps, tassels and sashes will be available for purchase in the Mesa Bookstore.  

2017 GRAD FEST: May 3-4

Student with diploma in hand

Two Grad Fest locations: 

  • Mesa Bookstore (10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
  • 4th Floor of the I-400 Building (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Get your required graduation regalia at a discount and other memorabilia at the 2017 Grad Fest event. To make your graduation day special, you'll also find:

  • Diploma Frames
  • Extra Tassels
  • Class Rings
  • Sashes

Discounts available during Grad Fest dates only

  • 10% off regalia
  • 20% off sashes.   

If you are unable to attend this year's Grad Fest events, all regalia and memorabilia will still be available in the bookstore after Grad Fest.

Graduating with Honors

Congratulations on your accomplishment! Graduation with honors distinction is based upon all coursework that is associate degree and lower division baccalaureate degree applicable or coursework applicable to the certificate of achievement.

Graduating with an Honors achievement of a 3.50 - 4.00 GPA is recognized at the commencement ceremony by wearing an Honors Cord and Tassel:

  • Associate Degree Honors, 3.5 - 4.0 GPA - Gold Tassel and Gold Cord
  • Certificate of Achievement Honors, 3.5 - 4.0 GPA - White Tassel and White Cord

Honors students receive a special email indicating that they are receiving honors. Students must take their invitation to the Student Affairs Office (I4-408) in order to purchase their Honors Cord ($10).

Students will be notified that the honors distinction is pending at the time of the graduation ceremony, when the GPA is calculated based upon degree or certificate applicable coursework completed through the fall semester of the year of the ceremony. The final honors distinction will be determined upon completion of all coursework completed through the spring semester for spring graduates or the summer term for summer graduates and fall semester for fall graduates.

An honors notation is placed on the student's official transcript and diploma.

Other Honors Topics - Not related to graduating with honors


The highest academic status a student can obtain is that of a Valedictorian. This signifies a 4.00 overall grade point average for all academic coursework (see a counselor for details.) At the San Diego Mesa College Commencement Ceremony, Valedictorians are signified by the wearing of special blue commencement regalia. Students who are Valedictorians will receive special information regarding commencement from the college President.

 Friends and Family

Don't forget to invite your family and friends to your celebration. Announcements for the ceremony are also available in the Student Affairs Office (I4-408). Admission to the ceremony is free.