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2015-2016 Commencement

The 2015/2016 DACC commencement exercises will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Pan American Center

Image of hand holding a dipoma
This is the time to reap the fruits of your efforts.

Candidates for an associate degree and/or certificate of completion will be recognized. This includes Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 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. 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.

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Filing Your Degree Application

Students are required to file an application for their Certificate of Completion and/or Associate Degree and pay the application fee for each one. This fee ($10 for a certificate; $25 for an associate degree) must be paid before the end of the semester or session in which the candidate anticipates completing degree requirements. These fees may be paid at the DACC Cashiers Office at any of the DACC campuses. If the certificate/degree requirements are not completed during the semester or session for which the student paid the fee, the student must reapply and pay any fees that may apply. Applications for the associate degree can be filed on-line at  Certificate applications are available at

Please refer to the following schedule for application deadlines:

Summer 2015 Application Deadline


Application period opens

July 6, 2015
Deadline to apply for associate degree/certificate of completion without late fee

Fall 2015 Application Deadline

April 9, 2015

Application period opens

 August 28, 2015

Deadline to apply for associate degree/certificate of completion without late fee

 October 2, 2015

Final deadline to apply for associate degree/certificate of completion with late fee.

Spring 2016 Application Deadline

TBD Application period opens
 January 23, 2015

Deadline to apply for associate degree/certificate of completion without late fee

 March 3, 2015

Final deadline to apply for associate degree/certificate of completion with late fee.


Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive commencement information?

Commencement packets are due to be mailed in early April to all students who have applied for their degree/certificate for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 semesters.  This packet 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 at the NMSU Barnes & Noble bookstore. They will be available May 4-8.


Where can I get announcements/invitations?


DACC does not sell announcements. You have several choices: purchase them at the NMSU Barnes & Noble bookstore (will have NMSU's logo instead of DACC); 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.


How do I get my Crimson Scholar tassel?

A list of graduates who are eligible to wear a Crimson Scholar tassel will be provided to the NMSU Bookstore. Once they verify that you are on the list, they will give you a red tassel instead of the red/black/white tassel.


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. 

Student Instructions for Commencement Day

NOTE TO GUESTS ATTENDING COMMENCEMENT:  The Pan Am doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  Guests are not allowed to bring food, snacks, beverages or balloons into the Pan American Center.


Dress and Conduct: Traditional black caps and gowns will be worn by all graduates and may not be altered, modified or decorated in any way.

Use caution in selecting your graduation footwear. You will be required to stand for periods of time, walk distances, and use stairs and ramps.

The use of alcohol or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Improper conduct may result in you being asked to leave and/or disciplinary actions. Those who choose to participate must respect the rights of others, including invited guests.



                        1)  Pick up name card and lanyard

   2)  See staff for any corrections including the correct pronunciation
        of your name

                        3)  Proceed to the appropriate area to be lined up


PLEASE NOTE: Tassel will be worn on right side of cap as you enter the arena. 

                     You do not need to pick up a program. One will be provided for you at
                      your seat. 

                     Graduates may not carry anything in their hands during commencement.

                     Restrooms will only be available inside Pan Am.




7:00 p.m.         1)  Processional               

                              Platform party takes their seat on the platform                                      

                              Faculty and staff enter the arena and take their seats on the arena floor

                              Students are led onto the arena floor by student marshals




PLEASE NOTE:  Students who arrive after the ceremony begins will have to sit in the back.

   Students who arrive after the graduates have been seated will not be permitted to enter the arena floor.   

2)  Welcome

3)  Presentation of Colors & National Anthem

4)  Invocation 

5)  Introduction of Platform Guests

6)  Recognition of Honorary Degree Recipient

7)  Presentation of Graduating Class




8)  Conferring of Degree. After your degree is conferred, you will be directed to SHIFT YOUR TASSEL FROM RIGHT TO LEFT AS A GROUP.

9)  Graduates walk across the stage. Approach the right side of the stage following the marshal’s instructions. You will approach the stage one row at a time. Hand the reader your name card. After your name is called, shake hands with the people on stage congratulating you. Shake with your right hand and receive your diploma tube with your left hand. Proceed across the stage, down the other ramp, and back to your seat. 


REMAIN STANDING until the last person in your row has reached his/her chair.  SIT IN UNISON.


Please be considerate of your fellow graduates and remain until the conclusion of the ceremony. 

10)  Dismissal

11)  Recessional                     

Platform party exits the platform

                                Faculty and staff exit their seats and form a greeting line

Students are led from their seats by student marshals through
            the greeting line.