Day of Commencement

Commencement Ceremony 2024

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

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

The link to RSVP will be emailed in March to Summer 2023 & Fall 2023 graduates, as well as Spring 2024 & Summer 2024 potential graduates with an active application for graduation on file.

The Deadline to RSVP & reserve guest tickets is May 10, 2024

Graduate Schedule & Info

11:00 a.m. Graduate check-in begins in the Mesa Gymnasium

1:00 p.m. Graduate check-in ends

1:15 p.m. -1:30 p.m. Mandatory ceremony rehearsal, lineup, and procession to field

2:00 p.m. Commencement ceremony begins

4:30 p.m. Ceremony concludes (approximately)

Graduates will be seated in rows in the gymnasium before heading to the field. No assigned seating for graduates.

Graduate Parking

  • Parking is free.
  • Graduates must park in Lot 1 located in front of the I-400 Student Services Building. (see #maps section below) 
  • See below for guest parking information

Cap & Gown Required

  • 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.
  • Discounted Caps and Gowns are available in May during Grad Fest at the campus bookstore.

Guest Schedule & Info

12:30 p.m. Stadium will open, and guest seating will begin on a first-come basis (Commencement ushers will be available to direct guests to accessible seating, if needed).

2:00 p.m. Commencement ceremony begins

4:30 p.m. Ceremony concludes (approximately)

Guest Tickets & Parking

  • 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 ticket distribution information available here
  • Guest parking is free. Guests are encouraged to park in PS 100, but may park in most of the lots around the perimeter of campus on Mesa College Circle (See #maps section below) Guests may park in student, staff, or flex parking spaces.
  • Scroll down to view the ADA map.
  • Guests who need disabled parking will be directed to designated areas by parking staff and posted signage.
  • Bus Route 44 stops at Armstrong Place and Mesa College Drive.
  • Graduation gifts will be available for purchase.

Ceremony Details

  • 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.
  • Trained service animals-as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  that are assisting individuals with disabilities are welcome at Commencement.  Service animals and their handlers must comply with AP 3105.2 -Service Animals.  All other animals including emotional support animals are not considered service animals and are not permitted at Commencement.
  • 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.

Social Media

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

Livestream & Photography


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