Commencement for students

Student graduating with Poppe the panter Student graduating with Poppe the panter Two students standing together with flowers students holding up their diplomas Excited students cheering together

Students who have graduated fall 2017 or will be completing their degree or certificate this winter, spring, or summer 2018 are invited to participate.

2018 ceremony details

Friday, June 15
Students need to arrive at the coliseum between 5:30-6pm.  Ceremony starts at 7pm.
Memorial Coliseum
300 N. Winning Way
Portland, OR 97208

Planning on participating?

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 21 deadline. Only graduates and candidates need to RSVP; family and friends do not need to RSVP.

RSVP by May 21:

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

Note: At the coliseum, you will be photographed or videotaped. By participating in the commencement ceremony, you permit PCC 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.

Important information for students

Printed commencement program

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 but would like a souvenir copy of the program with your name included, please email

Caps and gowns

All students participating in the commencement ceremony will need to wear a cap and gown. Caps and Gowns are navy, gowns in colors other than navy can not be worn in the ceremony. All gowns worn by graduates must be purchased through the PCC bookstore.

Caps and gowns will be sold at PCC bookstores from May 1 through early June. Cap and gown sizes are limited – get yours early for the best fit!

These items can also be ordered online!

  • Cap and gown: $28.95
  • Announcements: Price varies 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

Honors cords and veterans cords

Honors: Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-4.0 at the time of commencement will be eligible to wear honors cords. Eligible students will receive an honors notice in their PCC email. You must bring this email to the bookstore to purchase an honor cord. Honor cords - $8.95

Veterans: PCC appreciates the service to our country from our veteran students. To honor this service PCC is happy to provide red, white, and blue cords for our veteran students to wear with their cap & gown at the commencement ceremony. Cords will be available at any campus Veterans Resource Center two weeks prior to the ceremony. There is no fee to receive the cord. 

Take the shuttle to commencement

On the day of commencement, parking will be free at the PCC Cascade Campus, and 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 4:00pm and will run approximately every 15-20 minutes. The shuttles will continue to run for 1 hour after the ceremony.

  • From: Cascade Campus
  • To: Memorial Coliseum
  • When: Starting at 4pm, shuttle departs and returns every 15 minutes. Last shuttle leaves the coliseum 45 minutes after ceremony.

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.

Due to increased security, the Memorial Coliseum is implementing a new strict bag policy to help insure the safety of our guests. The new policy only allows bags 12’ x 12’ x 6’ or smaller inside the venue. Anything larger will not be allowed inside and guests will be asked to return their bags to their cars.

What about my guests?

The PCC commencement ceremony is open invitation and no tickets are required for guests. You can invite as many guests as you would like. See important information for your guests.

Dates to keep in mind

National Anthem Singer Auditions

We are seeking singers who are interested in performing the national anthem at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony. Open auditions will be held Friday, May 11 from 2:30-4:30pm at Sylvania in the Little Theatre (in the CT building). No sign up necessary. Please come prepared to sing the national anthem a capella.

If you are unable to attend the audition, you can also email us a video of yourself singing the national anthem a capella. Videos need to be sent to by 4:30pm Friday, May 11, 2018. The subject of the email should be "National Anthem Audition Submission."