Celebrating the class of 2021
May 1, 2021
Update: Palo Alto College will be hosting the 2021 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22, 2021, inside Southwest Legacy High School Auditorium. To accommodate all graduates and their two guests, there will be four sessions: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Each graduate will be designated a session according to their last name. If you previously had a color-coded ticket, please disregard it.
After years of hard work and dedication, Palo Alto College's class of 2021 will be completing their associate degrees and certificates in May! Completing a degree or certificate is a huge accomplishment, and Palo Alto College will be celebrating graduates throughout the month of May, including ways for graduates to participate in-person and remotely.
In-person commencement ceremony
Palo Alto College will be hosting the 2021 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22, inside Southwest Legacy High School Auditorium. To accommodate all graduates and their two guests, there will be four sessions: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
The ceremony will also be livestreamed on Palo Alto College’s YouTube channel! Tune in to your grad's session by following the links below.
Graduates, please click on links below to find your name listed under your designated session. Please be sure to arrive one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
Statement on mask requirement:
The Alamo College District – Palo Alto College Commencement Ceremony will be held at a facility that is owned and operated by Southwest Independent School District. Southwest ISD has specific COVID 19 protocols and policies in place for any organizations that utilize Southwest ISD owned facilities. As such, Alamo College District – Palo Alto College will follow these policies which include a mask requirement and completion and passing of a self-screening questionnaire prior to arriving on site. While the Governor of Texas recently issued an Executive Order banning government entities in Texas from requiring masks to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the order also states that public schools, such as Southwest ISD, can maintain the mask requirement until June 4. Southwest ISD is maintaining the mask requirement until June 4 and this requirement will be in place for any individuals who visit the facility to attend the event, and masks will be available upon request. If individuals refuse to wear a mask, then they will not be permitted to attend the ceremony and may be escorted off site.
Those attending the in-person commencement ceremony – all participants, family members and friends – must complete a Self-Health Screening Questionnaire prior to entering Southwest Legacy HS Auditorium.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Need to know when to arrive or where to park? What entrance to use? Check out the resources below to get anwers to these questions and more.
Hats off to the grads
Try on one of Palo Alto College’s signature teal graduation caps using our new Instagram filter. Click the link below on your smart phone to try it out! Send us your photo by tagging Palo Alto College in your post or uploading it below.
2021 Graduation Portraits
Professional Graduate Portraits - Put on your graduation regalia and bring your best smile to have your graduation portrait taken on May 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.
Any questions related to graduation or the traditional commencement ceremony can be sent to email@example.com.