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Commencement weekend promises to be filled with memorable moments and opportunities to reminisce with your graduate student.  Guests may attend commencement free of charge, and it is not necessary for guests to RSVP.  Links provided on this page will assist to plan your weekend. 

Pre-order your copy of the 2015 Commencement Ceremony DVD through the AWC Foundation. 

Program Time

The commencement ceremony begins at 8 pm, ending at approximately 10 pm. You are welcome on the field following the recession of the platform party and graduates.  

Guest Seating

Arizona Western College requests that all guests remain in their seats during commencement. To accommodate the growing number of graduates and guests in attendance, two (2) LED display screens will be located on the field facing the east bleachers; for overflow seating and to the west for closer viewing from the guest stands. 

During the ceremony guests are not permitted to approach the stage to take photos, present gifts, or congratulate their graduates.


May temperatures in Yuma are warm, dress accordingly.

Collared shirts, slacks, khakis, skirts, and dresses are appropriate commencement attire.


AWC Police, Security Staff, and Student Ambassadors will be on-site directing traffic and assisting guests. Student ambassadors, police, and security staff are available before, during and immediately after the event.  

Lost & Found

Please call 928-314-9500 for any lost and found items.

Flowers and Water

Flowers and water will be available for purchase at the commencement venue. A variety of floral options will be available.

Gila Ridge School is tobacco free.  Security will inspect all bags.  Please note balloons, noise makers and silly string are restricted.


2015 Commencement



La Cosecha Banquet

AWC Alumni Association




Graduation Application


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