Commencement 2016: Apply Now for Graduation


Are you finishing up your degree by summer 2016 and ready to graduate? Apply now for graduation in order to participate in Whatcom’s spring commencement ceremony!

Students who have graduated in summer 2015, fall 2015, and those who plan to graduate in winter, spring, or summer 2016 are eligible to participate! To be awarded a degree or certificate you need to turn in a Graduation Application to the Registration & Student Records office in Laidlaw Center 102. Hard copies of this application can be picked up at the registration office, as well as Entry & Advising in Laidlaw Center 116.

After your application is reviewed by the graduation department the results will be mailed to your address found on MyWCC. Please visit the My Account section on MyWCC to ensure your information is correct or to update your address if needed.

Any questions about your degree plan, or whether or not you should be applying for graduation? Come see an advisor! Call Entry & Advising at 360.383.3080 to set up an appointment or to inquire about drop-in times.

Campus Open House!

end of year celebrations

Don’t forget! Whatcom is celebrating this year’s graduates and welcoming community members to campus with an open house from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19th!

Come tour the Pavilion and Student Recreation Center construction site and check out all the progress being made! Space is limited so complete this online registration form if interested! Come take a sneak peek at the campus’ newest building, scheduled to open fall 2015. Please note: while the building will be fully handicap accessible upon opening, the construction site is not. Email if you need special accommodations.

Open House line up and highlights: 

  • Free BBQ starts at 11 a.m.! Includes burger, veggie burger or hot dog with chips and a drink while supplies last
  • 92.9 KISM radio station will be on site playing classic rock.
  • Photo booth! Be sure to tag your grad photos with #wccgrad15
  • Thank you card station for students to write appreciation notes to faculty and staff
  • Pavilion and Student Recreation Center tours: 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. (sign up here)
  • Campus tours: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. (no sign up necessary, meet outside Heiner Theater)
  • Specialized application and registration workshops for new and returning students led by Jared Ibarra and Christina Choi: 1:30 p.m. LDC 121 and 211

Unless otherwise noted, all activities will be located outside Heiner Theater, near the Gathering Fountain. So, bring a friend and join your fellow students in celebrating your hard work this year! Hope to see you there!

RSVP For Commencement!

commencementWhatcom Community College’s commencement ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at Civic Field in Bellingham. Students have until May 8 to RSVP and reserve their spot. RSVP now!

Students graduating the preceding summer, fall and winter quarters, as well as the current spring quarter are invited to participate in commencement. Students planning to graduate summer quarter 2015 may also participate if they submit an application by the deadline.

Because of the increased capacity of this year’s venue, there will be no tickets or the need for satellite viewing locations. Civic Field, located at 1355 Civic Field Way, has ample seating and parking. We encourage students to invite their friends and family to this celebratory event.

Cap and gowns can be ordered online until Friday, May 8. Learn how to order and where to pick up regalia and honors cords on the commencement ceremony web page.

Students who have not yet turned in a graduation application and intend to participate in the commencement ceremony need to do so as soon as possible. More info here.

We look forward to celebrating our students’ academic achievements with friends and family on June 20!

Questions? Please call 360.383.3029 or email