Students must apply for graduation online at 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.

If you did not pick up your cap and gown, or tickets, please pick them up during check-in at Syre Student Center after 5pm.  You must have your photo ID.

Commencement Timeline

On June 16th, the ceremony will begin at 6:30pm and will take approximately 2-3 hours.  Please plan accordingly.  There is no rehearsal.

5:00pm -  Student Check-in begins in Syre Student Center.  Each student will be given a card with your name on it.  Hold onto your card until just before you walk across the stage.

6:00pm - Students will line up in two lines between Syre Student Center and Laidlaw Center facing the Pavilion.  If you want to sit next to someone, be sure they are in front of you or behind you.  If they are in the other line, you will not be sitting next to them. 

6:30pm - Ceremony begins.  Commencement marshals will direct you on where to go and where to sit.  Please listen to their directions.  Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

Bags and Safety Information
The College recommends that Commencement guests evaluate the contents of their bags and pockets as they may be subject to search, as needed.  Guests are prohibited from bringing balloons, backpacks, coolers and duffel bags inside the Pavilion (Gym).  Bags larger than 1 cubic foot (12" x 12" x 12") will not be permitted unless there is a medical or child care related reason; in such cases they may be subject to additional security.

Due to safety considerations, graduates are not allowed to bring bags of any kind to the Commencement ceremony.
Best practice is to leave all bags at home.

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.

Live Video Feed
The ceremony will be broadcast live on our YouTube page beginning at 6:30pm.

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