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Ceremony Frequently Asked Questions

MSJC welcomes the graduating class of 2023 to participate in this years in-person graduation ceremony. This includes all summer 2022, fall 2022 or spring 2023 graduates.


RSVP required to participate/walk; RSVPs open March 13.


The in-person ceremony is planned for Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Pechanga Resort Casino. 


MSJC will host two ceremonies- 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. 


RSVPs are required. Graduates may RSVP for one ceremony only. 


RSVPs open March 13.


RSVPs are required and will open begining March 13. 


Participation in the in-person ceremony is optional however we invite and encourage you and your guests to join us as we want to celebrate your achievements!  


Wether you choose to participate or not, diplomas are not available at the ceremony. Awards will be mailed to the address on file by July 15, 2023.


RSVP required to participate; RSVPs open March 13.


You may apply for your degree/certificate via Self-Service at

There are two deadlines to be aware of:

  • March 30th: last day to apply for spring graduation, in order for your name to appear in the graduation ceremony program
  • May 11th: last day to apply for spring graduation, in order to participate in the graduation ceremony

Graduation application outcomes can be viewed in Self-Service.

To view application comments:

Visit the My Progress page.  Select the option "Show Program Notes." Updated comments appear at the top of the dialog/pop-up box.

Check my progress in Self-Service  

 If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Evaluations at

No. If you plan to graduate with a degree(s) and/or certificate(s), you must submit your application to graduate here:

Apply for Graduation in Self-Service


To participate or "walk" in ceremony, you must RSVP. RSVPs open March 13.


The COVID-19 vaccination, negative COVID-19 tests and/or masks are not required in order to participate at Graduation. However, COVID-19 protocols are subject to change depending on federal, state and/or local guidelines.

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Absolutely!  It has been a long standing tradition for grads to decorate their caps (or mortarboard if you’re fancy).  Have some fun and make it unique to you.

Each graduate may invite as many family/friends as they wish. There are no tickets or RSVPs for guests.

Names will not be called in any specific order. However we generally encourage students to line up following this order, although it is not mandatory:

Students participating in the ceremony (speaker, etc.)

4.0 GPA Degree Recipients

Honors Enrichment Program Completers

Phi Theta Kappa Grads

SGA Officers

Degree Recipients

Certificate Recipients

Nursing Program Graduates

Summer and Fall 2022 Graduates: Diplomas will be mailed by February 15, 2023.

Spring 2023 Graduates: Diplomas will be mailed by July 15, 2023.


For questions or concerns, please contact

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Graduates participating in the in-person ceremony at Pechanga Resort Casino will have an opportunity to have two professional photos taken by GradImages. The first is a candid photograph as you cross the stage and the second is a posed portrait, after you exit the stage. You will receive a free passport-sized, full-color proof by email after graduation.  There is no obligation to purchase. 


For 20% off your $50 purchase, register with GradImages here:

Yes- the graduation ceremonies will be streamed at

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