Celebrate Our Grads

Mission College Commencement 2024

Tuesday, May 21 2024
3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
San Jose Civic

San Jose Civic is at 135 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

We look forward to celebrating our graduates together with their family, friends, and loved ones. This year's ceremony will once again be in person with appropriate safety measures in place. Please see additional details below and check back for updates as the events draws nearer. 

Tag your graduates on Instagram and Twitter @go2missionSC and #MissionSCgrads


Mission College has contracted with WASIO Photography to take a photo of each student participant as they receive their degree or certificate. Additional information on this process will be shared at galleries. You can also text MISSION2023 to 90738 to receive a notification right away when your photos are available.

Commencement Rehearsal 

It is strongly encouraged for all graduation participants to attend a Commencement rehearsal to familiarize themselves with procedures and etiquette for the ceremony. The rehearsal will be held on Monday, May 21 at the San Jose Civic. The time is to be finalized and will be posted here in the near future.  


Regalia, such as caps, gowns, and tassels, can be purchased from Mission’s Bookstore up until the day of the ceremony. All students participating in the Commencement ceremony must wear the regalia of a black cap and black gown. Degree candidates are asked to also wear a Commencement tassel. 

Also, we have free LGBTQIA Pride stoles for anyone wishing to show their pride during Commencement. Stop by the Student Engagement Center (SEC) Room, 331 or email 

mc.instruction@missioncollege.edu to express your interest and provide your contact information. Stoles will be available until Wednesday, May 24, for pick up.

Degree and Certificate Information 

At Mission College, we offer various degrees and certificates, including Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate in Art for Transfer (AAT), and Associate of Science for Transfer (AST) degrees as well as Certificates of Achievement (CA) and Certificates of Proficiency (CP).

The Office of Admissions and Records will evaluate all petitions for graduation or completion to determine eligibility for these degrees and certificates. Candidates for a degree or a certificate will receive a commemorative diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony to symbolize the conferring of a degree or a certificate.

The official degree or certificate will be mailed to you later this summer or early this fall. 

Academic Honors and Commencement Booklet 

Academic honors are for AA and AS as well as AAT and AST recipients only and are determined by your degree applicable cumulative grade point average. High marks will be recognized in the Commencement program booklet provided at the ceremony as follows:  

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.8 or higher GPA and designated in the program with three stars next to their name.  
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.5 to 3.79 GPA and have two stars next to their name.  
  • Cum Laude: 3.30-3.49 GPA and is noted with one star next to their name. 
Guests and Parking Information 

We encourage you to invite your family members and friends to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Parking is free of charge, and all available parking lots will be open on the day of Commencement. However, prime seating inside the Convention Center is limited, and we encourage guests to arrive early and carpool. Doors will open to family and friends at 5 p.m. Friday, May 26. Also, the event will be live streamed and can be watched at commencement.missioncollege.edu.  


The entire Commencement Ceremony will be live streamed at Mission College's Youtube page at youtube.com/go2missionsc or at commencement.missioncollege.edu. Share one of these links with your friends and family who can't join us at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Grad Fair Schedule

Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26

Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26: Free Concert on Central Plaza with The Joint Chiefs

Thursday, April 27

11 a.m. to Noon: Donuts with President Dr. Seher Awan

Noon to 2:30 p.m.: Multicultural Festival with Taiko Drumming & Free Lunch

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Grad BBQ -- Bring your family!


No tickets will be required. We look forward to celebrating with your family.

Accommodation Info

Closed captioning will be available during the virtual ceremony. For additional accomodations, please contact Debra Williams, Director of our Disability & Support Program & Services Office. 

Petition to Graduate & Graduation Requirements

Please go to graduate.missioncollege.edu for information on the graduation application process.

Women stand in audience of commencement ceremony. One wears a head scarf and glasses, two wear braided styles. They have brown skin.
2022 Graduation

Photos from our 2022 graduation ceremony.

2022 Photos
Young woman of Asian descent holds a bouquet in her cap and gown in from of Mission College signs on the Central Plaza.

Photos from our 2021 graduation ceremony.

2021 Photos
A smiling Asian-American female college student wears her commencement regalia and shakes hands with the college president, a white man with short brown hair (also wearing graduation regalia.)
2019 Graduation

Photos from our 2019 graduation ceremony.

2019 Photos
A young woman with long dark hair and graduation regalia on speaks at a podium. Behind her are other people in their commencement clothesm, and to the left of her is an older white faculty member in regalia laughing.
2018 Graduation

Photos from our 2018 graduation ceremony.

2018 Photos
Happy graduates in a group outside posing for a photo.
2017 Graduation

Photos from our 2017 graduation ceremony.

2017 Photos