The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Graduation is a celebration honoring the achievements of our graduating APIDA students at PCC. Our goal is to build a stronger community among our APIDA students and honor the hard work, perseverance, and dedication they have demonstrated at PCC.

This year’s academic celebration will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Sexson Auditorium, with a reception and family-friendly celebration to follow.

Included in the celebration:

  • Graduation Ceremony (Cap and gown is optional)
  • APIDA Graduation Sash
  • Dinner Reception
  • Entertainment
  • A community of PCC faculty, staff and students celebrating your achievements!

NOTE: Participation in the APIDA Graduation is separate from the campus’s main Commencement ceremony, which will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024. We highly encourage our graduates to participate in both the APIDA Graduation and in the college's official Commencement ceremony. Follow all deadlines regarding Commencement 2024 here. 

Participation Requirements

  1. Complete an Associate’s Degree (AA/AS/ADT), Certificate Program or transferring to a four-year university, OR Complete the PCC Adult High School Diploma  
  2. Submit the APIDA Graduation Interest Form by Friday, May 17, 2024
  3. Attend one of the mandatory orientation sessions* listed below:
  • May 7, 2024, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ZOOM)
  • May 10, 2024, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ZOOM)
  • May 13, 2024, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM  (In-Person at G-1 - Location Updated)
  • May 16, 2024, 12:00 PM to 1:00PM (In-Person at Circadian CC130)
  • May 28, 2024, 4:00PM to 5:00PM (ZOOM)
  • June 3, 2024, 3:00PM to 4:00PM (ZOOM)

CLOSED - APIDA Graduation Interest Form

*During the in-person orientations, our team will take student headshots with the APIDA sash. This photo will be featured at the ceremony for your family and friends to see and celebrate you. Students who attend an online session can send headshot or appropriate portrait pictures to the APIDA Graduation Committee. Selfies, inappropriate or offensive pictures will not be included in the ceremony. 


Questions? Contact the APIDA Graduation Committee Co-Chairs, Que Dang or Olivia Loo

Information for Guests

APIDA Graduation Celebration

Thursday, June 6, 2024
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Pasadena City College
1570 E Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106


  • 5:30 PM – Sexson Auditorium Doors Open; Graduates Check-In
  • 6:00 PM – Graduates line up in front of Sexson Auditorium
  • 6:30 PM – Graduation Ceremony Starts
  • 7:30 PM and on – Dinner and Entertainment 

Auditorium Rules

  • No balloons, view-obstructing signs, air horns, food and beverages, flash photography, and strollers inside Sexson Auditorium



  • Elevator access to Sexson Auditorium from first floor of the C building. Enter south side by V Building.
  • American Sign Language is available if requested by Friday, May 17, 2024. Please place your request through the APIDA Graduation Interest Form.
  • Refer to the PCC Campus Map for general accessibility information.

Attire for Graduates

  • APIDA graduates are encouraged to wear their cap and gown. The deadline to order your cap and gown is May 9, 2024. Order them here.
  • If you do not order a cap and gown or have missed the deadline, please wear business casual attire.