The commencement ceremony is held in the spring for graduates of the preceding summer, fall and winter quarters, as well as for applicants of the current spring quarter. Students planning to graduate in the subsequent summer quarter may also participate provided that an application for summer quarter graduation is submitted by the stated deadline. Students must also RSVP that they plan to attend the commencement ceremony (see below for more information).
We will honor your exciting academic achievements during at Whatcom Community College's spring commencement ceremony.
- Date: Saturday, June 20th
- Check in: 12:30 p.m.
- Ceremony Starts: 2:00 p.m.
- Location: Civic Field - 1355 Civic Field Way, Bellingham, WA 98229 (Google Maps link)
Click here to RSVP and confirm your spot for the commencement ceremony. The deadline to RSVP is May 8th.
Regalia Orders & Pickup
Go to https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/ and search for Whatcom Community College. Click on the green 'caps & gowns' tab. The $29 cap and gown package includes a tassel.
The last day to order a cap & gown is Friday, May 8th. If any issues arise, you may contact them directly at 1.800.837.4235
After a cap & gown has been ordered, you will pick them up in the Syre Student Center, June 10th between 10a.m. and 2p.m.
Community Service Cord information can be found here: whatcom.edu/servicelearning
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. Honor cords are distributed with caps and gowns on June 10th in the Syre Student Center. The honor cord is paid for by the ASWCCC.
Students who are graduating from Whatcom Community College's Honors Program will have the option of wearing an honor stole. Honor stoles can be purchased from Royal-T on June 10th in the Syre Student Center.
Phi Theta Kappa Members
WCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter Alpha Xi Nu will provide free commencement cords to PTK members to recognize their academic achievement. Visit the Student Clubs page for more info. In addition, students can purchase honor stoles and tassels directly from the Phi Theta Kappa International office at http://recognitions.ptk.org.
Non-personalized announcements are available for purchase at the WCC Bookstore.
A professional photographer from Lifetouch National Schools will be taking personalized photos of graduates 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 approximately ten days after the ceremony. Celebrate your achievement with these professional portraits. If you have any further questions please call 800.505.9496.
If you or someone in your family needs disability accommodations, please contact Kerri Holferty, Associate Director for Access & Disability Services at 360.383.3043 or videophone 360.255.7182.
Directions & Parking
Civic Field - 1355 Civic Field Way, Bellingham, WA 98229 (Google Maps link)
- Head East on Lakeway Drive off of I-5 (Exit 253)
- Left on Orleans St.
- Right into Civic Field parking lot
Call 360.383.3029 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.