GateWay Graduation is the official ceremony which confers certifications and degrees upon students who have fulfilled graduation requirements. GateWay Community College offers one commencement ceremony in May of each year for all summer, fall, and spring graduates.

The graduation ceremony will be held on May 13, 2016 at the North Phoenix Baptist Church, located at:
5757 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona

Start time is 5:45 p.m. Students need to arrive before 4:30 p.m.  The ceremony will be streamed live, so home-bound or out-of-town family and friends are able to watch it.

There are no locker facilities to store personal items and NO FOOD OR BALLOONS are allowed in the church. Only water is allowed.

Eligible commencement ceremony participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a Graduation Application
  • Pay the appropriate document and commencement fees
  • Have completed all requirements for the degree and/or certificate, OR be enrolled in coursework that will be completed within six weeks of commencement

Graduation Costs

  • There is no cost to apply for graduation
  • Diploma Cover: $5
  • Commencement: $25 (includes cap and gown, tassel and diploma cover)

Steps for a Successful Graduation

  1. It is recommended that students schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor as early as possible to review their program requirements for graduation. Students can also refer to the Catalog and Student Handbook to check on their program requirements for graduation.
  2. Official transcripts must be sent directly to GateWay from any Maricopa college or other college or university for the courses that will apply toward the degree/certificate.
  3. Graduation application deadlines. :
    (Next business day, if deadline falls on a weekend)
    • Submit application for fall semester by November 1 
    • Submit application for spring commencement by March 1 
    • Submit application for summer by June 1
  4. A notification letter will be mailed approximately 30 days prior to the day of the commencement ceremony detailing this event and cap and gown pickup.           
  5. Pay the $25 commencement ceremony fee at Enrollment Services, if you want to participate in the ceremony in May. The commencement fee is refundable up to two weeks prior to graduation. Fee includes:
    • Award document(s)
    • Hard cover jacket for degree/certificate
    • Cap and gown
  6. Any debts within the Maricopa Community Colleges must be cleared before a degree/certificate can be released. (Nursing Students: Awards and nursing letters will not be released until all debts are cleared.)
  7. Please be sure to verify and correct as needed your address in the Student Center. All degrees/certificates will be mailed to the applicant’s address on record.
PTK students should see their PTK advisor regarding the stole and tassels prior to commencement.
Veterans should see their Veterans Representative when submitting an application to graduate.
Disability accommodations are available upon request. Please contact James Rogers.

Requesting Transcripts

You are now able to request a single transcript report no matter how many Maricopa Community Colleges you have attended. Rather than having to request transcripts from each institution you attended, you are now able to place the request for official or unofficial transcripts from one place. For more information, visit


Phone: (602) 286-8054
Building: Integrated Education Building
Room: IE1214