Mesa Journeys



Day of Commencement 

San Diego Mesa College 2023 Commencement Ceremony
will be held
on Mesa campus at Merrill Douglas Stadium
on Friday, May 26th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

**New or updated information in red.**

2022 Commencement Map

for a printable PDF version of this map, click here

for an interactive map, click here


  • 11:00 a.m. Student check-in begins (have your student User ID# ready) at the Mesa Tennis Courts (see: commencement map PDFGoogle Maps)
  • 1:00 p.m. Check-in ends
  • 1:00 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 Parking Structure PS-100 (see: campus mapGoogle Maps) located at the southwest corner of Mesa College Circle (which turns into Armstrong Place) and Mesa College Drive.
  • 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.


  • 1:00 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 for guests needing special seating)
  • 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 parking is free. Guests may park in most of the lots and 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 needing disabled parking will be directed by signs and parking staff.
  • Bus Route 44 stops at Armstrong Place and Mesa College Drive.
  • Graduation gifts will be available for purchase.


  • 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.
  • 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

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


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


Congratulations on your accomplishment!