Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony 2024

Commencement Ceremony is on Friday, May 24, 2024. There will be two ceremonies, 10am or 4pm. Student will attend their respective session depending on their degree/major/program. Each student will receive their registration invite stating their ceremony time. Registration dates: March 15 to April 15.

Are you ready to graduate? Who is eligible to participate?

If you think you are ready to graduate, or have 45 or more units, you are strongly encouraged to see your counselor for a graduation review. This will help determine how close you are to completing your course of study and if you are ready to submit your petition. For a more detailed information if you are eligible to graduate, please visit the Apply for Degree/Certificate page

Three Steps to do to Participate in the Ceremony

  • STEP #1: PETITION to graduate through the Evaluations website.
    Petition Dates:    Fall: July 1 - October 31
                                    Spring: November 1 - February 28
                                    Summer: March 1 - June 30 (if participating in the May Commencement Ceremony, deadline is May 10th)
  • STEP #2: REGISTER to participate in the ceremony. Registration starts March 15 to April 15. Students eligible to participate will receive an email invite to attend the ceremony with the link to register.
  • STEP #3: ATTEND Gradfest. Student MUST attend Gradfest to confirm attendance to the ceremony. Gradfest provides all information students need to know about the ceremony, i.e. where to go, what to do, etc. Gradfest dates are available below and students are not required to stay the entire time. Gradfest process only takes about 15-20 minutes. 
GRADFEST Dates & Times
Dates Location Time
April 16, 2024 – Tuesday          HEC -  Otay Mesa      10am - 1pm        
April 17, 2024 – Wednesday   HEC -  San Ysidro       10am - 1pm 
April 18, 2024 - Thursday HEC - National City   10am - 1pm
April 23, 24, 25* – Tue, Wed, Thurs  Chula Vista Campus Bookstore 10am - 6pm

*A Professional photographer will be available at the Chula Vista Campus Bookstore to take professional photos of you, and/or with your friends.  No sitting fees. The bookstore will also be selling commencement items such as stoles, announcements, diploma/picture frames, and unique gifts. 

Starting May 1, 2024, students can check out the ASO Cap & Gown Lending Program. Eligible students with financial need must fill out this form.  Upon verification of eligibility, student will be emailed as to when Cap & Gown are ready for pick up from the Office of Student Activities, Rm. 62A-114. 

Commencement Q&A Sessions

Happening every Monday 12pm-1pm starting March 11, 2024 . Find answers to any COMMENCEMENT related questions...Commencement Q&A sessions via Zoom ID No. 6464123104

For more information, please check out these Commencement 2024 flyers.
For any Commencement Ceremony related questions, please contact Jenny Davis,

For any Degree or Diploma related questions, please contact the Evaluations Office, 

Affinity Group Graduation Information

Binational/Fronterizo Commencement Ceremony in Tijuana

For the second time, Southwestern College is pleased to announce that we will celebrate our class of 2024 with a ceremony in Tijuana.

  • Eligibility: If you are eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony at the Chula Vista Campus, you can also participate in the Ceremony in Tijuana. 
  • Location: Preparatoria Federal Lázaro Cárdenas
  • Date: Monday, June 17, 2024
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Guests: Students may invite as many guests as they wish.  
  • Transportation: All students and their guests are responsible for their transportation. SWC will not provide transportation.
  • Parking: Preparatoria Federal Lázaro Cárdenas will not have parking spaces available for this event. We recommend the paid parking lot at Plaza Minarete. SWC is coordinating with Plaza Minarete to reserve spaces for students and their guests. 
  • Can I attend the ceremony in Tijuana only? Yes; however, we recommend attending both graduation ceremonies (Chula Vista and Tijuana). 
  • Cap and Gown: Students will use the same cap and gown at the Chula Vista and Tijuana ceremonies.
  • Diploma Presenters: SWC President and Governing Board members will be there to present your diploma to you.
  • Is the ceremony open to the public? Yes, SWC students and other guests may attend.
  • Binational/Fronterizo Commencement Q&A Sessions: Please register to attend the online Binational Commencement Workshops 2024. Binational/International Programs will host two sessions on:
    • May 7, 2024, at 1:00 PM
    • May 8, 2024, at 6:00 PM

For questions about the Binational/Fronterizo Commencement Ceremony in Tijuana, please contact Joel Pilco at,  or 619-482-6586, Building 16, Chula Vista Campus.