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The commencement ceremony is held once a year during the month of May.  Students who have graduated or who are within 9 credits of degree completion after the spring semester will be able to participate. Graduate students will receive information through their toro accounts with steps to follow prior to the May commencement ceremony.

Graduation Process

  • Complete the required graduation procedures.  Submit the graduation application by the deadline to have the graduates name included in the commencement program.

Commencement Ceremony

  • Veterans Memorial Stadium, Friday, May 13, 2016, 8:00 pm

  • Graduates please report to Gila Ridge Hawks Gym promptly at 7:00 pm

  • Processional begins at 7:40 pm under leadership of the Grand Marshal

Restrictions at the Commencement  Ceremony

  • Gila Ridge High School is tobacco free.
  • Security will inspect all bags.
  • Balloons, Silly String and Noise Makers are prohibited.

Proper Wearing of Your Graduation Cap and Gown

The Cap

The cap should be worn so that the mortarboard is level.  It should not be crocked to the back or side of the head.  The crown should be approximately one inch above the eyebrows.  The front of the cap is indicated on the inside of  the crown.

The Tassel

Tassels are worn over the right temple.  All graduates should wear the tassel on the same side for uniformity.  Graduates shift the tassel from the right to the left - in unison - after all diplomas are received, as directed.

The Gown

Lightweight, comfortable clothing should be worn under the gown.  Press wrong side out with a cool iron to remove the folds.  Please plan appropriate footwear for walking on grass.

Cap and Gown, Announcements, and Rings

  • Cap and gown, announcements, and rings can be purchased through the Arizona Western College Bookstore. 
  • Please contact the AWC Bookstore at (928) 344-7583 for further information.




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Graduation Application


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