2020-2021 Commencement


For the safety and health of our graduates and their families, Dona Ana Community College postponed the May 2020 graduation ceremony.  DACC is monitoring the developments in regards to COVID-19 and will post updates to future commencement dates and information at a later time.

Candidates for an associate degree and/or certificate of completion will be recognized. This includes Fall, Spring, and Summer graduates.  There are no admission tickets to the Commencement. It is free and open to the public. Parking at Pan Am is also free.

The doors of Pan Am open one hour prior to the ceremony.  At New Mexico State University Venues, you and/ or your property are subject to a search by security personnel. If unauthorized items are discovered, you will be asked to take the items back to your vehicle.  Please see NMSU Pan American Center Rules and Regulations. Graduates should report to the arena by 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Students and their guests with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to participate in Commencement activities. Please contact DACC’s Student Services office (527-7548) to make special arrangements. Sign language services will be provided during commencement.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive commencement information?

Commencement information are due to be mailed and emailed in early April to all students who have applied for their degree/certificate for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.  This information will contain all the details regarding the commencement ceremony.

Do I have to reserve a seat?

We make arrangements for all students to attend. You do not need to notify us whether or not you are attending commencement.

Can I walk in May if I graduate in the summer?

Yes.  You will need to submit a Commencement Participation Petition for Summer Graduates. This form is available with your Academic Advisor. Once your advisor signs the form verifying that you are eligible to apply to graduate in the Summer, the form should be turned in to the VPSS office in DASR 106.

What if I have a balance with NMSU?

Even if you have a balance with NMSU you can take part in commencement.  However, your certificate/diploma will not be ordered until your balance is paid.  Once your hold is lifted, you will need to notify the VPSS office (527-7530) for your certificate and the NMSU Registrar’s office (646-4796) for your diploma.

How long does the commencement ceremony last?

Our ceremony lasts about 2 hours.

What color are the caps and gowns?

Our caps and gowns are black.

Where can I buy my cap and gown?

You can purchase your cap, gown and tassel online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_nmsu/.

Where can I get announcements/invitations?

DACC does not sell announcements. You have several choices: purchase them from local vendors; purchase them on-line from companies such as Jostens; make your own.

Can I be recognized as a Crimson Scholar?

According to the NMSU Honors College, students who earn 38 credit hours while they are a Crimson Scholar and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester before graduation will be recognized at commencement.  DACC’s Crimson Scholars wear a red tassel and have a “CR” printed by their name in the program.  If you have any questions on eligibility please call the NMSU Honors College at 646-2542.

How do I get my Crimson Scholar cord?

A list of graduates who are eligible to wear a Crimson Scholar cord will be provided from the Honors College at 646-2542. Once they verify that you are on the list, you have the option to purchase one.

Will it show on my transcript that I am a Crimson Scholar?

According to the NMSU Honors College, students who earn 45 credits hours while they are a Crimson Scholar and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above at the end of your last semester, will have “Crimson Scholar Graduate” printed on their transcript.

What if I am earning more than one degree/certificate?

You will be recognized for each. You will walk across the stage once, but each degree/certificate will be announced. Also, you will be listed in the program for each degree/certificate.