Mesa Journeys



Commencement Checklist

Virtual Commencement

We are thrilled to honor, recognize and celebrate your achievements! Great news, this year to celebrate you, Mesa College will provide a special graduation gift of a cap and Class of 2021 tassel for students that participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 28, 2021. If you wish to purchase a gown to match your cap and tassel, they are available for purchase from

All graduates will have their own slide in the virtual ceremony, which includes your name, degree and/or certificate. In addition, you will have the opportunity to submit a photo and message to be included on your slide. You will be asked to record your name for the name reader to tape for the program. You will be able to download your slide and share it on social media.

Please note that if you have applied to graduate during Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021, you should have received an email from Marching Orders to set up your password and enter your information. If you have not received the email from Marching Orders, please contact

Congratulations on your achievement!

Thank you,

Mesa College Commencement Team


Please read the message below to its entirety. Please note: Apply for Graduation deadlines have not changed. 

During the week of March 22nd an email was sent to all eligible students who have applied for graduation from Mesa College in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021.

We want to offer the opportunity for you, your family members and other supporters to celebrate your remarkable achievements and success during your time at Mesa College. We will be using an online presentation platform provided by a company called Marching Orders. Each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be customized with your photo and a personal message, which can also be downloaded and shared.

All students who have applied for graduation will receive an email from Mesa College via Marching Orders with instructions on how to register, create a password, and submit the information needed to create your personalized graduation slide.

Please make sure to log on, complete your registration and enter your information by the deadline of Thursday, April 15, 2021. If you do not enter your information by this date, it will not be included in the Virtual Ceremony. Please note that participation is voluntary, so please disregard the email if you would rather not be a part of the virtual ceremony.

We look forward to celebrating and honoring you during the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. The presentation will be posted on the Mesa College website and run on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. It will also be available for viewing at any time after that.


  • If you did not receive the email, please check your spam folder or contact Student Affairs at
  • For any questions regarding your graduation status, please contact the Mesa Evaluations office by emailing or by phone 619-800-3529.
  • For any questions or technical issues with Marching Order, please contact Student Affairs at


How to register on Marching orders


Marching Orders - Registration

Graduate Home

Marching Orders - Graduate Home

Commencement Registration Form

Marching Orders - Commencement Reg Form

Create Your Personal Graduation Slide

Marching Orders - Slide


Marching Orders - Phonetics

Record Your Name

Marching Orders - Record Name

Record Your Voice

Marching Orders - Record Voice


Marching Orders - Complete



Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher with all degree or certificate applicable coursework to have an honors notation placed on the student's official transcript and diploma.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.

How the GPA is calculated

Students graduating with honors will be notified that the honors distinction is pending at the time of the Commencement Ceremony, when the GPA is calculated based upon all degree or certificate applicable coursework completed through the fall semester of the year of the ceremony.

Honors Cord & tassels

Students graduating with honors will receive a special email in late Spring indicating that they are receiving honors. Student can purchase their honors cord and tassel for $16 in the Bookstore. Students must show the email they received to the Bookstore to purchase and obtain the honors cord and tassel.


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.)