Graduating From SJC

Graduate walking down platform holding diploma with flowers in background

Congratulations on your accomplishment at San Juan College!

As you begin to prepare for graduating from San Juan College, please review the information and important deadlines on this page to ensure a happy and stress-free graduation.


Graduation 2024 will be held in person on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 9 a.m. on the San Juan College main campus.

San Juan College Commencement


Graduation Rehearsal will be Friday, May 10th at 2 p.m. in the Learning Commons Plaza.  We encourage graduates to attend so they will be familiar with the ceremony. DO NOT wear the cap and gown to the rehearsal, but it’s recommended you press or steam the gown by today.

Graduation Day

The 2024 Graduation Ceremony will be Saturday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m. in the Learning Commons Plaza.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.


San Juan College graduates holding diplomas and smiling at camera

Graduates must pick up their name and degree card at the Henderson Fine Arts Center and make their way to the student staging area (9000 rooms) no later than 8:00 a.m. 

  • Graduates should access the campus from Education Blvd (off Pinon Hills Boulevard) or Sunrise Parkway (off Butler Street) and park in front of the bookstore or the Clock Tower Building.  
  • A cap and gown is required. Cap and Gown sets, extra tassels, and announcements are available from the San Juan College Bookstore.
  • Cap decorations must be in good taste.
  • Each graduate will cross the stage once.

Apply for Graduation


Students who are eligible to participate in the Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony are those who completed degree requirements in the following terms:

  • Summer 2023
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024 – those who apply by the February 15 Spring Deadline

Graduation Deadlines

  • Fall 2023 Term Graduation Deadline - October 2, 2023
  • Spring 2024 Term Graduation Deadline - February 15, 2024
  • Summer 2024 Term Graduation Deadline - June 15, 2024**

**If you are completing your requirements during the Summer 2024 term and wish to participate in the Spring 2024 Graduation Ceremony, the deadline to submit your application is February 15, 2024.

Steps to Apply for Graduation

  1. Log in to MySJC
  2. Click on Student Self-Service.
  3. Click on Graduation Overview. 
  4. Click Apply and submit the application for graduation. 
  5. Meet with your Advisor.

Graduation Applications may be submitted via paper as well.  Should you have any questions, please contact the Registration and Records Office at or (505) 566-4203.

Become a Graduation Student Speaker!


San Juan College Graduate giving commencement speech.

San Juan College invites graduates to apply to be the student speaker for the graduation ceremony each May.

Students may apply directly and San Juan College employees may also nominate a student to be the speaker. 

To apply for Graduation Student Speaker:

  • Prepare a 1-minute video demonstrating your presentational style and message to your fellow graduates. 
  • Submit your application via the online form, which will include a place to upload your video.
  • If selected, your final speech must be 5 minutes in length.

Application/Nomination Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2024.

The student speaker will be selected by April 12th, and the student will have more than one month to prepare for their role in graduation. 

For more information, contact Sherry Curry at (505) 566-3226 or

Graduates interested in delivering the graduation speech should meet the following criteria:

  • Be eligible for graduation
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Commit to participate fully in the graduation ceremony by recording a speech prior to the graduation ceremony.

The Student Speaker Selection Committee is looking for students who have an inspirational, unusual or exceptionally moving story to tell, or an interesting way to tell it. Traditional speeches are always welcome but feel free to be creative. The speech should make a connection to all attendees: faculty, family, friends and others who have supported the efforts of the graduating students during their educational experience at San Juan College.

If you are selected to be the student speaker, you will have the opportunity to have pictures taken by a professional photographer, have your name printed in the program and will be featured in the San Juan College Communicator.