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University of Phoenix Commencement
Phoenix, AZ  |  Spring 2024

Congrats! It’s time to celebrate your achievement surrounded by people who are so proud of everything you’ve accomplished. Welcome to a community of over 1 million alumni.  


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Note: These are in-person ceremonies with no virtual options for participation.




Chase Field,
401 E Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004



Ceremony times

Ceremony times are based on your registration.

Morning ceremony: 10:30 am AZ Time
Doors will open at 9 am AZ Time
Graduates should arrive no later than 9:30 am AZ Time

Afternoon ceremony: 3:30 pm AZ Time
Doors will open at 2 pm AZ Time
Graduates should arrive no later than 2:30 pm AZ Time

Have guests who can't make it? Stream it live.

Choose the ceremony based on your registration time:

Live streams will be available for viewing up to 30 days after ceremony.

Before commencement

Commencement checklist

Order regalia by February 18, 2024

Make travel plans as needed

Reserve graduate and guest tickets

Get ready to celebrate

Day of commencement

Getting to the ceremony


Check with Arizona Department of Transportation for any road closures the weekend of commencement. 

Get directions to the venue and transportation information.

The Metro light rail is available. Visit Valley Metro for detailed information on how to ride or call 602-253-5000.


Parking fees will be required ($10–$20). The closest garages are Chase Field Garage (401 S. 4th St., Phoenix, AZ 84004) and Jefferson St. Garage (333 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004). There are accessible parking spaces in all garages. There will also be a designated drop off point on the West side of the venue. Be on the lookout for signs.

Get parking information.

Prohibited items

For safety and enjoyment, the following items are prohibited at Chase Field:

  • Animals (except for service animals)

  • Alcohol

  • Aerosol cans

  • Drones and other remote controlled vehicles

  • Drugs or other illegal substances (including medical marijuana)

  • Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind

  • Fireworks or other incendiary devices

  • Camera Tri, Dual or Single Leg Pods by Non-Media Personnel

  • Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, razors or shoes with wheels

  • Obscene, offensive, indecent or inappropriate clothing/attire

  • Blow horns or Noisemakers

  • Umbrellas

  • Fishing Nets

  • Beach Balls, balloons or other inflatables (without prior approval)

  • Laser Pens

  • Flags with poles not sold in the Team Shop or of a non-baseball nature.

  • Banners containing commercial, political or obscene material or that block guest views

  • Frisbees

  • Bicycles (may be parked at approved bike parking racks)

  • "Bubble-making" liquids, machines, etc. for blowing bubbles

  • Backpacks

  • Bags and wallets exceeding the size of a small clutch bag (6.5" W x 4.5" H)

  • Luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, briefcases, fanny packs, cinch bags or any bag larger than the permissible size (6.5" W x 4.5" H)

  • Additional items at the discretion of Chase Field management.


Graduates and guests will enter through the West side of the ballpark and use Gates B–E. 

Doctoral graduates should use the escalators outside the gates to get to the Suite Level, 3rd Base Lounge. There are elevators available inside the entrance doors to access the Suite Level also.

Some concessions will be open.

Guests including minors are not allowed into the pre-ceremony graduate area or in the graduate seating and stage areas. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and this cannot be a graduate.

Ticket information

Currently, we're able to provide up to 15 guest tickets. This includes children of all ages.

Watch for a separate email from AZ Diamondbacks ( approximately three weeks prior to the ceremony, with instructions on how to reserve your tickets through the Fevo ticket website. After reserving your tickets, they’ll be issued by Ticketmaster (on the backend) and available in the MLB Ballpark app.

In preparation for your event, please download the MLB Ballpark app and create an account if you do not have one. Please use the same email you used during registration for the MLB Ballpark app account. Check all mail folders as it may go to "spam" or "junk" folders.

Be prepared to show your digital tickets at the entrance. The tickets will be digital, and you will show them through the MLB Ballpark app after completing the required steps. Graduates can send ticket(s) to their guests as needed. They will also need an MLB Ballpark app account and have the app downloaded to their phones to show tickets.

Note: The official number of tickets you will receive is based on what is requested through the Fevo ticket website (not what is requested when registering).

ADA accommodations

If any of your guests will require ADA accommodations at the commencement ceremony, there will be staff at the venue who can assist with seating accommodations. Wheelchairs will not be available for use during the ceremony. Please be sure to provide your own wheelchair, whether it is for a guest or graduate.

There is accessible seating at the top of each section for wheelchairs and a companion. There will be a designated drop off point near the venue. 


Due to Fire Marshal regulations, strollers are not permitted in the seating area. Please be advised that University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Exiting procedure

We ask all graduates to stay until the end of the ceremony out of respect to the remaining graduates. You’re officially done at the conclusion of the ceremony and can celebrate by moving your tassel over as recognition of being a graduate. Guests will be released in an orderly fashion to ensure a safe exit for everyone.

Afterward, you'll exit the ceremony and can meet your friends and family at the Celebration Runway. Celebrate your accomplishment with a runway of fun photo backdrops.

Clear bag policy

Safety at the ceremony is our top priority. There is a clear bag policy at this venue. All bags are subject to search. There will be a limited amount of lockers available for a fee on the day of the ceremony.

Graduate information

Preparing for the ceremony

There is no storage at the commencement venue for personal belongings. Please make arrangements for a guest to hold any personal items or carry them with you at all times. Please be advised that University of Phoenix is not responsible for any damage or loss to personal property.

Bring your cap and gown. Additionally, bachelor’s degree students must bring their stoles and master’s degree and doctoral students must bring their hoods. Use a cool iron, if necessary, to ensure a wrinkle-free appearance.

The deadline to order standard regalia is February 18, 2024 (by midnight) without additional shipping charges. The final deadline will be April 21, 2023, with expedited shipping charges. The deadline for doctoral graduates to order Academic Apparel level regalia is January 12, 2024

You can order regalia through the Herff Jones website.

Please contact Herff Jones, Stan Howard for any regalia needs or questions at or 480-219-3247. Limited amount of regalia will be available on the day of the ceremony for purchase (cash or credit).

Military graduates: Remember to bring your cord to the ceremony. The military cord is available to order at no charge on the regalia web site. If this was not ordered, they will be available on the day of the ceremony.

Regalia protocols and attire:

Out of respect and courtesy to the University and graduates, we ask that candidates and faculty do not alter their caps and gowns; however, if graduates do alter their caps, we ask that they respect their fellow graduates by wearing their regalia (cap/gown) in a manner that prohibits the use of any offensive or obscene pictures, words, or reference. If students violate any of these prohibited items, they may be asked to remove or alter these items. 

  • Business casual attire should be worn under the gown.
  • Military Dress Uniforms may be worn in place of regalia. Uniforms and regalia should not be worn together.
  • Cultural robes, beauty pageant stoles, etc. are inappropriate for commencement ceremonies and should not be worn, unless they are worn completely underneath the official regalia robes.
  • Cultural and tribal stoles are approved to be worn on the top of the approved official UOPX regalia at commencement ceremonies. Cultural robes, if worn, must be worn underneath the official regalia robe.
  • You are allowed to wear honors regalia awarded by an approved Honor Society with your standard regalia attire. 

Upon arrival, graduates will be directed to a “grad central” area on the concourse. We will have the following tables available:

  • Herff Jones to purchase regalia
  • Grad Card Assistance
    Name cards will be mailed out a few weeks prior to the ceremony. Be sure to bring it with you to the ceremony
  • Grad Supplies with bobby pins and safety pins
  • Military and Honors Cords to pick up military and/or honors cords

University staff will be available to assist with any questions regarding ceremony logistics.

  • First, ensure you have your name card
  • Verify you have all your regalia (cap, gown, etc.)
  • No rehearsal, staff will be available to guide the graduates.
  • Graduates will be lined up by degree level, not alphabetically (associates, bachelor's, master's, doctoral)
  • Processional - graduates will walk down seating sections to the field for seating. Recommend comfortable and stable shoes.
  • Seating will be by degree level in two sections on the field.
  • You will be called to the stage by degree level, not alphabetical, with dual lines as you go across the stage. Your name and degree will be displayed and your name announced as you cross the stage. Photos will be taken as you go to the stage as well as when you cross the stage and are handed a UOPX branded congrats envelope.
  • Doctoral graduates will be hooded on stage.
  • We ask that everyone to remain until the end of the ceremony for the celebratory tassel change and acknowledgment of being graduated. For recessional, you will exit up seating to the concourse level and out to the post-ceremony alumni celebration on the outside plaza. Your guests can join you at this location to celebrate.

The University identifies graduates registered for the commencement who are eligible for the honor cord. If you are eligible to receive an honor cord, one will be provided to you at no cost on the day of commencement. This cord is not part of the President or Dean lists. 

Current University of Phoenix Honors Policy:

Graduates eligible to participate in a ceremony and meet the honors criteria can receive a cord. The cord provided will be based on the current GPA.

  • Associate and bachelor's degree students with a program completion date of 01/01/2022 or later:
    • "Cum Laude" - Bronze Cord
      Program GPA of 3.70-3.84
    • "Magna Cum Laude" - Silver Cord
      Program GPA of 3.85-3.94
    • "Summa Cum Laude" - Gold Cord
      Program GPA of 3.95-4.0
  • Master's degree students with program completion date of 01/01/2022 or later:
    • "With Distinction" - Red & Platinum Cord
      Program GPA of 3.90 or higher

Prior University of Phoenix Honors Policy:

Bachelor's degree students with program completion date of 12/31/2021 or before:

  • "With Honors" - Platinum Cord
    Program GPA of 3.85 or higher

The University has coordinated with GradImages Photography to photograph graduates at the ceremony. There will be two photo opportunities during the ceremony: one when going up to the stage and another when crossing the stage.

GradImages Photography

You will get a printed program the day of the ceremony. The digital program version will be viewable 3 days prior to the ceremony date and up to 30 days following the conclusion of the ceremony. 

Visit the official University of Phoenix Commencement Program site.  Select “Phoenix” from the “What is your Ceremony Location?” drop-down menu.

While you're in Phoenix

Hotels with discounted rates

These are available on a first come, first serve basis with a limited amount of rooms available with each block. The rate does not include tax or any other fees.

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3333 E. University Drive, Phoenix, AZ. 85034
Rate: starts at $159/night
Deadline: No Deadline for reservations: Open until block is filled.

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Rate: starts at $209/night
Deadline: January 29, 2024 (or sooner if room block is filled)

333 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004-2121
Rate: starts at $239/night
Deadline: February 8, 2024 (or sooner if room block is filled)

10 E Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Rate: starts at $279
Deadline: January 30, 2024 (or sooner if room block is filled)

100 N. 1st Street, Phoenix, AZ. 85004
Rate: starts at $279/night
Deadline: February 8, 2024 (or sooner if room block is filled)

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Rate: starts at $249/night
Deadline: February 7, 2024 (or sooner if room block is filled)

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Rate: starts at $199/night
Deadline: February 14, 2024 (or sooner if room block is filled)

340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ. 85004
Rate: starts at $279 (special rate only available for night of Friday, March 1, 2024 – no other nights available at this rate)
Deadline for Reservations: February 29, 2024 (or sooner if room block is filled)

340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ. 85004
Rate: starts at $279 (special rate only available for night of Friday, March 1, 2024 – no other nights available at this rate)
Deadline: February 9, 2024 (or sooner if room block is filled)

University of Phoenix student accepting their degree at commencement.

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