Monday, April 30, 2018

Preparing for Your Commencement, May 9.

Image of a student taking a selfie at graduation 2017, dressed in cap and gown, in front of commencement banner and stage.

Are you ready to celebrate your achievements at Rio Salado’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 9? Please refer to this event page and event flyer for the latest details. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your big night.

The ceremony will take place at the Comerica Theater, located at 400 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85003. Students should arrive and register at the Comerica Box Office entrance door on 4th Ave beginning at 5:45 p.m. Lobby doors will open for guests at 5:30 p.m.

Caps, Gowns & Tassels 
snapshot of badge 3.  Text: Rio Salado College GraduateStudents can pick up their cap and gown between now and May 9 (before noon) at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. For more information contact 480-517- 8540 or

Grad Badge
Download and share your favorite grad badge. You have three options. This selection is trending as a favorite pick among Rio Wave grads.

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GradImages will take photographs of graduates receiving their diplomas and when they exit the stage. Proofs of these photos will be made available at and can also be purchased directly from GradImages by calling 800-261-2576. Please email inquiries to

We will post event photos in the coming weeks via our Facebook account. You are welcome to tag, download and share these photos.

Live Stream
The event will be available via live stream, courtesy of MCTV. Share this link with family members and friends:

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Share your stories, smiles and celebrations using #RioGrad #RioWaves or by using our Snapchat grad filter at Comerica Theatre on May 9.

Here’s to Rio Salado 2018 Graduates!