Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony RSVP

Watch the 2013 Commencement Ceremony

Students who were awarded their degree or certificate during Fall 2013 and Winter 2014, or who will be awarded their degree or certificate during Spring or Summer 2014 are invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Participants in the Ceremony must RSVP via MyPCC by May 19, 2014. To RSVP, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to MyPCC
  2. From the Home tab > Announcements channel > Click on the Commencement RSVP link
  3. Enter the requested information and click Submit

If you plan to walk in the Commencement Ceremony, we encourage you to RSVP as early as possible. All RSVPs must be submitted by the May 19 deadline. Only graduates and candidates need to RSVP; family and friends do not need to RSVP.

Only Ceremony attendees are listed in the Commencement Program. Attendees may request to have their names printed in the Program via the RSVP form. If you are unable to attend the Ceremony on June 13 but would like a souvenir copy of the Program with your name included, please email

2014 Ceremony Details

Friday, June 13th, 2014
7pm. Please arrive between 5:30pm and 6pm

Memorial Coliseum
300 N. Winning Way
Portland, OR 97208



Note: At the Coliseum, you may be photographed or videotaped. By participating in the Commencement ceremony, you permit Portland Community College to publish your image in photo/video materials related to the Commencement ceremony. The recording of the Ceremony could also appear on the PCC website and/or social media sites including but not limited to YouTube and Facebook.

The Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live through a link on the PCC webpage on June 13th.

Take the Shuttle to Commencement!

On the day of commencement, parking will be free at the PCC Cascade Campus. Parking and Transportation Services will offer free shuttles from Cascade to the Memorial Coliseum. Friends and family are welcome to ride! Shuttles will leave from Cascade beginning at 4:30pm and will run approximately every 15-20 minutes. The shuttles will continue to run for 1 hour after the ceremony.

How many guests can I bring?

Invite as many people as you want! No tickets are required. Seating will be available for disabled and for hearing impaired guests. Headsets will be available at the Information Booth in the Coliseum Lobby. Although it is a celebration, please inform your guests that no food, drinks, gift baskets, presents, or helium balloons are allowed into the facility.

What can I bring to the ceremony?

Please do not bring valuables. There is no place to store them and unfortunately, things have been stolen in the past. Whatever you bring, you will take into the auditorium with you. There is not a changing area available. No food, drinks, gift baskets, presents, or helium balloons are allowed into the facility.

Commencement Photographs

Photographs will be taken by a professional photographer. You will have an opportunity to order prints online through the photographer’s website. Please be aware that if you do not arrive to the Coliseum by 6:30, you may not have an opportunity to get your picture taken.

Grad Fairs

All Grad Fairs will be held from 11am-1pm.

Monday, May 5th - Southeast Center, Great Hall

Tuesday, May 6th - Cascade Campus - Between Cafeteria and Library

Wednesday, May 7th - Sylvania Campus - Upper CC mall

Thursday, May 8th - Rock Creek Campus - Bullding 9 hallway

Students will be able to order personalized items from Jostens, receive information about the free shuttles, grab some free popcorn and more!

Caps, Gowns and Cords

Caps, Gowns, and honor chords will be sold at PCC bookstores from May 1st through the beginning of June. Please be aware that cap & gown sizes are limited, get yours early for the best fit.

All gowns worn by graduates must be purchased through the PCC bookstore. Graduates will be wearing “The Elements Collection” from Jostens. They are made of natural fiber from renewable, managed forests. The only part of the cap and gown that is not biodegradable is the zipper which is made from recycled pop bottles, and the button on the cap which is made of metal – both of which can be recycled. Blue gowns worn by previous PCC graduates are acceptable.

The following are 2014 prices.

Cap and Gown:
$27.95 (same price since 2012!)
Honor Cords:
$8.95 - Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-4.0 will receive a highest honors notice via their PCC email. The email must be brought to the bookstore in order to purchase an honor cord.
Price will vary depending on announcement choice. Students can buy announcements at the bookstore or personalized announcements through Jostens.
Extra Tassels:
Standard tassel - $3.95, Bling tassel - $7.95
2014 Commencement Photos

Looking to order photos from the 2013 ceremony? Visit the Grad Images website to view and order photos from the 2013 PCC commencement ceremony.

GradImages® will be the official photographer for Commencement. Pre-register with GradImages by visiting, and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at