The Latinx/a/o Graduation is a celebration that builds community and a sense of familia for PCC students, and strives to empower students to be the agents for social change in their lives, in their families and in their communities. Our goal is to provide models of success for future generations.

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Join us in honoring your accomplishments in a culturally-rich and bilingual celebration along with your family and peers. The ceremony is for both Transfer and Graduating students from PCC and CEC.

This year's celebration will be held on April 28th, 2023 at 6pm near Sexson Auditorium--on campus! We're excited to safely reunite and celebrate with you and your loved ones!


  • Ceremony honoring your achievements
  • Sarape Stole
  • Entertainment
  • Dinner
  • Community of students, family members and PCC staff rooting for you!

Note: In accordance to LA County and the City of Pasadena, PCC will be following COVID-19 safety protocols and regulations. Please keep in mind that we are actively monitoring the pandemic; if there are any changes to the planned celebration, participating students will receive and email notification with the latest update.


Participation Requirements:

  1. Complete an associate degree, certificate program, or be transferring to a four-year university OR
    Complete the PCC Adult High School Diploma or earn the high school equivalency certificate (GED) 
  2. Submit the Latinx/a/o Graduation Application by Friday, April 7th 2023 at 11:59pm. 
  3. Attend one of the mandatory informational orientations*
  4. Attend mandatory rehearsal for celebration on April 26th from 3pm to 4:30pm

*Important: During orientations, our team will take student headshots with a sarape sash. This photo will be featured at the ceremony for your family and friends to see and celebrate you! Students who attend hybrid or online will need to visit the PCC Transfer Center to have their photo taken. Selfies or photos not taken by our team will not be included in the ceremony.

Latinx/a/o Graduation Application

To be considered as a participant, please submit an online application by Friday, April 7th 2023 at 11:59pm. 

Please note this application is not a petition to graduate from PCC, it is solely an application to participate in the graduation celebration.

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Information for Guests

Latinx/a/o Graduation 

Friday, April 28, 2023
6 PM - 8 PM

Pasadena City College
Sexson Auditorium
1570 E Colorado Blvd,
Pasadena, CA 91106

General Schedule

  • Doors open: 5:30 pm
  • Graduation Ceremony: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Dinner: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm 

Auditorium rules
Please be seated at all times (house rules).

Balloons, view-obstructing signs, air horns, food and beverages, flash photography, and strollers

Elevator access from 1st floor of C building, enter south side by V building. See the campus map. 
Visitors with official DMV placard may park in any spot without PCC permit. 
ASL (American Sign Language) is available. Must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance. 
Any other requests may be sent to or call (626) 585-3167.

Parking - Any Student Parking Lot

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, this graduation celebration is meant to be complimentary to the main PCC Commencement. Some students will participate in both or just one. It’s up to you! 
Tickets, attire, and general information will be discussed during the mandatory orientation. 
For this graduation celebration, we do not require students to wear a cap or gown. We will discuss the dress code in detail during the orientations. 
We wanted this celebration to complement PCC's commencement. Being able to have it before the main commencement gives students the opportunity to wear the sarape stoles they receive to the larger commencement. 
Yes, it is free. We provide students with the Sarape sash, certificate of achievement, and dinner. 
Unfortunately, students completing Fall 2023 and beyond will not be able to participate, but can participate in the Spring 2024 celebration.

Yes! Students who are earning their adult high school diploma or GED through the PCC are welcome to participate.

If you would like to be considered for this special honor, please indicate this information on the graduation application. The committee is interested in a speech that will resonate with the entire audience - students, parents, and guests. The speech cannot be more than 3 minutes long.

All students that are interested in particpating must submit an application by Friday, April 7th 2023 at 11:59pm. 

Have Further Questions? Contact Us!

Email us at: or call (626) 585-7287 with any additional questions.