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Commencement Ceremony


Friday, May 15, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Renaissance Glendale Hotel
9495 West Coyotes Boulevard
Glendale, Arizona 85305 

How to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

Students wishing to participate in commencement need to complete the following:

  • Apply for graduation
  • Pay commencement fee – pay $25.00 fee to Enrollment Services
  • Pick up cap, gown and announcements
    • Available from Enrollment Services
    • Students will receive five announcements with cap and gown (while supplies last)
    • Extra announcements are $0.50 each. (Extra announcements will not be available until 05/11/2015, while supplies last)

Complete participation card

  • Participation cards are available from Enrollment Services
  • Participation cards are due to Enrollment Services by TBA

Information and Frequently Asked Questions


No rehearsal prior to commencement.

Check In

Check-in will begin at 5:00 PM.  All graduates must be checked in before 6:00 PM or you may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. This area has no place for storing personal items, please leave items with family and friends. Due to limited space only participating graduates will be allowed in check-in area.

Graduate check-in will be on-site at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel, in the Conference Center, rooms Cira A-C. Click here to see the check-in area map.


One parking pass will be provided to each graduate for complimentary parking in the Renaissance Glendale Hotel parking garage for the ceremony on May 15, 2015. Public parking will be subject to availability around the hotel area and the Westgate Enterainment District. Parking at the Westgate Entertainment District is operated by the City of Glendale, and may be subject to possible parking fees. Estrella Mountain and the Renaissance Glendale Hotel are not responsible for public parking fees. Click here to see a map of parking areas around the hotel and surrounding areas.


Professional photographers will be taking pictures of all commencement participants on Friday, May 15, 2015, during the commencement ceremony. These photographs will be available for purchase from Grad Images.  Pictures will be taken of all participants. To complete your pre-event registration go to Grad Images


Participation in the commencement ceremony does not certify graduation or completion of a certificate.  Degree and certificate recipients who participate in the ceremony will receive only an award cover at the ceremony. Students will be notified via their Official Student Email once certificates and degrees are available for pick-up.

Phi Theta Kappa

If you are a member of EMCC's Beta Alpha Xi chapter or Phi Theta Kappa, information on ordering special graduation regalia is available online: http://recognitions.ptk.org/

ADA Accommodations

If you or one of your guests has need for a sign language interpreter or alternative print format, please call Pam Grady at 623 935 8935 no later than May 1, 2015.