Commencement Ceremony

SWC Commencement Ceremony 2023

The 62nd Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023 at the DeVore Stadium.

10:00AM Ceremony

  • School of Business & Technology
  • School of Wellness, Exercise Science, & Athletics
  • Major/Program/Degree from HEC Otay Mesa
  • Major/Program/Degree from HEC National City
  • Major/Program/Degree from HEC San Ysidro

4:00PM Ceremony

  • School of Mathematics, Science, & Engineering
  • School of Language, Literature, & Humanities
  • School of Arts, Communication, & Social Science

Three Steps to Participate in the Ceremony

  • Student must PETITION to graduate through the Evaluations website,
  • Student must REGISTER to participate in the ceremony. Registration starts March 15, 2023 to April 15, 2023. Students eligible to participate will receive an email invite to attend the ceremony.  
  • Student must ATTEND Gradfest. Student can pick from any of these Gradfest dates below.
GRADFEST Dates & Times
Dates Location Time
April 18 – Tue          HEC San Ysidro            10am - 2pm        
April 19 – Wed   HEC National City  10am - 2pm 
May 3 - Wed HEC Otay Mesa   11:30am - 1:30pm  
April 25, 26, 27* – 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, 2023, 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

For any COMMENCEMENT related questions, please attend one of the Commencement Q&A sessions via Zoom ID No. 6464123131:

Commencement Q&A Sessions
Date Time
February 22 12pm - 1pm
March 7 5pm - 6pm
March 23 12pm - 1pm
April 6 12pm - 1pm
April 17 5pm - 6pm
May 1, 8, 15 12pm-1pm

For more information, please check out these Commencement 2023 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 first time this year, Southwestern College is pleased to celebrate our class of 2023 with a ceremony in Tijuana, Mexico, at Preparatoria Federal Lazaro Cardenas (PFLC). 

  • 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 Lazaro Cardenas
  • Date: June 15, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Guests: Participating students will receive a link to the online reservation system to secure tickets. Students may reserve tickets for as many guests as they wish. 
  • Transportation: All students and their guests are responsible for their own transportation, to and from Preparatoria Federal Lazaro
    Cardenas (PFLC). SWC will not provide transportation.
  • Parking: Each student will receive 1-2 parking passes for PFLC Parking Lot. Public and street parking will be available in the surrounding areas.
  • Can I attend the event in Tijuana only? No, 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.

For questions about the Binational/Fronterizo Commencement Ceremony in Tijuana, please contact Joel Pilco,

Commencement Program

2023 Graduation Program (PDF)

Past Commencement Ceremonies