Whatcom Community College’s physical campus is closed beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for a minimum of two weeks to ensure alignment with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Online instruction and working remotely will continue. Students and employees should not come to campus during this time. Spring quarter instruction will still begin online on Wednesday, April 15.

It is important to emphasize that Whatcom Community College remains operational and dedicated to ensuring the academic mission continues through this challenging time. We have moved services and instruction online to the greatest extent possible to keep our community healthy. Remote services will differ for various service areas, departments, and resources. Visit this remote services directory to learn how you can easily access the WCC services you need without visiting campus. 

Please continue to check your email and for regular updates. 

Congratulations Graduates!

We will honor your academic achievements at the spring commencement ceremony. Graduates from Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, as well as those who plan to graduate in Spring or Summer 2020 are welcome to participate. The ceremony will be held on June 19th at 6:30pm in the Pavilion.

Explanation of commencement and graduation:

Graduation is the awarding of a degree or certificate. Degree and certificates are awarded quarterly and are awarded for the quarter that degree requirements are met.

Students can apply for graduation online up to last day of the current quarter and with a hard copy application any time after the last day.

Commencement is a ceremony honoring students’ academic achievements. WCC holds this ceremony once a year on the last day of the spring quarter.


RSVP, Apply to Graduate and Order your Regalia

To RSVP please log into your MYWCC click on the registration tab and look for commencement RSVP. More information will follow in regards to ordering your Regalia. Please check back later, thank you.  


The last day to order your Regalia is May 2, 2020. The attached link will get you to Royal T website, where you can order your Cap and Gown.


Commencement Update: 

The cutoff for RSVP'ing for Commencement is May 2, 2020.  


Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

When do I receive my Commencement tickets?
Can I purchase extra Commencement tickets?
Why didn’t I get any Commencement tickets?
Where do I pick-up my cap & gown?
What if I didn’t pre-order my cap and gown, how can I get them before Commencement?
How do I know if I qualify for Honor Cords?
When and where do I get my cords?
When is graduate check- in time?
Can I decorate my cap?
What time do the graduates line up?
When do I get my photo taken?
What if I want to sit by a friend?

Day of Commencement: Timeline for Friday June 19, 2020 (tentative timeline)


  1.  5:00pm Graduates will check-in at the SYRE Student Center 
  2. 6:00pm Graduates will lineup
  3. 6:15pm Board of Trustees, President's Cabinet, Faculty, and Staff will lineup
  4. 6:25pm Standing and ready to march to the Pavilion


The commencement ceremony is an exciting time for students, faculty, staff, and our great community. Here are a few things to be aware of and consider on the day of the ceremony to ensure everyone can enjoy the festivities.  

Grads                      Guests


Faculty and staff at graduation



Ceremony planning for Graduates

Bags, backpacks, & purses
Leave these items at home or with your guests. We do not have space to store these items safely during the ceremony and they could pose a safety risk to others. We will ask you to remove with these items at the time you assemble for the lineup.

Lifetouch, our official commencement photographer will be taking personalized photos at the Pavilion as you line-up to receive your diploma and as you cross the stage to receive your diploma.  Portraits will be available online at approximately ten days after the ceremony.  If you have any questions, please visit or call (800) 505-9496.

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.

Community Engagement/Service-Learning Cords
Please visit Service Learning for Community Service Cord information. 


Running start Cords

For our Running Start students who are participating in the Whatcom Community College ceremony, the teal cords will be available for Running start students on June 4 when the student picks-up their Cap & Gown in the Syre Building. Starting June 5, cords will be available for pickup in the Running Start Office.


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 2018. Invitations will go out in early May to new members. 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 Induction Ceremony, 6-7 p.m. in Heiner Theater. Invitations will go out in early May to new members. For more info, email PTK members can purchase additional commencement regalia online at

Access & Accommodations
WCC's facilities are wheelchair accessible and include reserved wheelchair seating. ASL Interpreting will be provided. Real-time transcription is available by visiting with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. For a program in an alternative format, please contact Access & Disability Services.  Email: | Phone: (360) 383-3043 | Videophone for Deaf callers: (360) 255-7182.

Faculty at commencement


Ceremony Planning for Guests

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.

Guests, Announcements and Accommodations

Guests are required to have tickets (including children/babies) 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. Strollers will not be permitted in the Pavilion.

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

Access & Accommodations
WCC's facilities are wheelchair accessible and include reserved wheelchair seating. ASL Interpreting will be provided. Live captioning can be viewed using your personal mobile device by opening For a program in an alternative format, please contact Access & Disability Services.  Email: | Phone: (360) 383-3043 | Videophone for Deaf callers: (360) 255-7182.

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