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Commencement FAQs


graduate iconYavapai College Commencement ceremonies are held in May of each academic year at the end of the spring semester. See general information below.


Who is eligible to participate in Commencement?

All students who graduated in the Fall or Spring semester, or who plan to graduate in the Summer semester of the current academic year (prior year graduates are not included).

Students will be notified when the online graduation application is available. There is no graduation fee.


Are graduates required to wear a cap and gown?

Yes. Purchase these by calling the YC Bookstore directly at 928-776-2213 or attend one of the grad fairs listed in the Commencement brochure. NOTE: the YC bookstore does not accept cap and gown orders via their website. 


Do I have to attend Commencement to get my diploma?

No, you do not have to attend Commencement to get your diploma (or certificate).

  • After final grades are posted, we will complete an audit to verify that all degree/certificate requirements have been met.
  • Diplomas (and Certificates) will be mailed to successful graduates approximately two weeks after the end of the semester to the current mailing address on file. Please check your current address on file by logging in and going to My Account --> My Personal Information.
  • Any balance due the College or holds on your student record will prevent the release of your diploma.

What does graduation "with honors" mean?

A student who is awarded an associate degree with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher at Yavapai College is designated as graduating "with honors". See catalog for additional requirements. There is a notation in the Commencement program, and the words "with honors" are included in the degree conferral on the student's official transcript and also on the diploma.


Honors designations recognized at graduation:

College Honors Program 

  • Member graduates have a CHP notation in the Commencement Program
  • Graduates are provided with a gold cord to wear around the neck at the ceremony.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 

  • Member graduates have a PTK notation in the Commencement program
  • Member graduates are encouraged to purchase the "key honors stole" available at here to wear at Commencement.