Students must apply for graduation online or at the Registration office (Room 102) in the Laidlaw building on campus or visit the Apply for Degree / Graduation page.

Congratulations Graduates!

We will honor your exciting academic achievements at Whatcom Community College's spring commencement ceremony.  The ceremony will be held on June 16th in the Pavilion Building at 6:30pm.

Students who graduated in Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and those who plan to graduate in Spring or Summer 2017 are eligible to participate.

Click here to RSVP and confirm your spot for the commencement ceremony along with 3 tickets for friends and family members.  You only have to RSVP once.  Be sure to check your eligibility with the Graduation/Evaluation department in the Registration Office (102) in Laidlaw.  The deadline to RSVP is May 3rd.  If you RSVP after the deadline, you will not receive tickets for friends and family to attend commencement in the Pavilion building due to limited seating.  Alternative seating arrangements are listed below.

Cap & Gown
Click here to order your cap & gown.  The basic cap and gown includes a tassel. Deadline to order your cap & gown online is May 3rd.  Afterwards the price increases to $40 and has to be purchased in person.

Commencement Speaker
Capt. Wendy Lawrence, U.S. Navy (retired) and former NASA astronaut, will be our commencement speaker at WCC's June 16th commencement ceremony.  Capt. Lawrence was selected as an astronaut in 1992 and worked at NASA for 14 years.  Before retiring from NASA in June of 2006, she logged more than 1,225 hours in space on four shuttle missions.  She lives in Whatcom County and works part-time at Space Camp and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, informing the public about NASA's spaceflight programs and participating in STEM education programs.

Guests, Announcements and Accommodations
Guests are required to have tickets (including children) to enter the Pavilion building due to limited seating.  Guests without tickets will be directed to a live video feed in the Heiner Theater & Syre Student Center.  Guests with young children and those who want more comfortable seating and easy access to restrooms will appreciate Heiner Theater.  Keep in mind the ceremony will last several hours, potentially ending around 9pm.

Whatcom Community College honors veterans with red, white, and blue honor cords for the commencement ceremony.  Graduating veterans, active military, reservists, and National Guard students are eligible to receive the Veterans cord.  Graduates should check with the Veteran Services office in Cascade Hall room 127 to obtain a cord.  Proof of service, such as a DD214 or military ID card is required at the time of receipt for the cord.  Cords can also be picked up during check-in at the commencement ceremony.

Service Cords
Community Service Cord information can be found here:

Honor Cords & Stoles
Honor cords are given to all degree graduates who have earned a cumulative college-level GPA of 3.5 or better in at least 45 WCC credits (or a combination of all WCC and transferred-in credits) by the end of Winter quarter 2016.  The honor cord is paid for by the ASWCC. Students who are graduating from Whatcom Community College's Honors Program have the option of wearing an honor stole.  Eligible students can purchase an honor stole at the time of cap & gown pick up. If you are eligible for an honor cord, it will be in your cap & gown package. 

Phi Theta Kappa Members
Alpha Xi Nu (WCC's PTK chapter) provides free commencement cords to its members. Cords will be distributed at the May 25 Induction Ceremony, 6-7 p.m. in Heiner Theater. For more info, email PTK members can purchase additional commencement regalia online at

A professional photographer from Lifetouch National Schools will be taking personalized photos at the Pavilion as you line-up to receive your diploma.  Your photo will also be taken as you cross the stage.  Lifetouch, our official commencement photographer, will have portraits available online at approximately ten days after the ceremony.
If you have any further questions, please visit or call (800) 505-9496.

Access & Accomodations
WCC's facilities are accessible including wheelchair access/seating. For accommodations such as ASL interpreters, assistive listening devices or a program in an alternative format, please contact Access & Disability Services.  Email: | Phone: (360) 383-3043 | Videophone for Deaf callers: (360) 255-7182.

Directions to Whatcom Community College.

Email or call 360.383.3029