Graduation & Commencement
Graduation means being awarded a state-approved certificate or degree once all of the requirements for that degree/certificate have been successfully completed.
Commencement is a ceremony in which students have the opportunity to celebrate their academic accomplishments. Skagit Valley College holds commencement ceremonies at the end of spring quarter each year at the Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island Campuses, as well as the San Juan Center. Participation in commencement does not mean that a student has satisfied all courses required to graduate with a degree or certificate. Students do not receive diplomas on the day of commencement.
2018 Spring Commencement Ceremonies
- Mount Vernon Campus Friday, June 15, 6:30 pm
- San Juan Center Wednesday, June 13, 1 pm, at Brickworks in Friday Harbor
- Whidbey Island Campus Thursday, June 14, 6:30 pm
Students are eligible to “walk” in commencement if they are within ten credits, two classes, or one quarter of completing their degree and/or certificate and have applied to graduate by April 11, 2018. Participation in commencement does not mean that a student has satisfied all courses required to graduate with a degree or certificate. Students do not receive diplomas on the day of commencement.
Apply to Graduate and Attend Commencement
Please follow the steps outlined in the Graduation Application online at http://grad.skagit.edu. Diploma Application Deadline: It is recommended that students apply two quarters prior to the expected quarter of graduation. Your application and initial diploma is free.
- Duplicate Diploma Fee: $10.00 for each additional copy. Contact the Cashier Office at 360.416.7805 for payment.
- Addresses: Please include both a current and a permanent address. The diploma will be mailed to the permeant address.
All financial obligations to Skagit Valley College must be cleared before your diploma and/or the official transcript are mailed. *If you did not complete the degree/certificate requirements, send an email to [email protected] letting us know the quarter you plan on finishing. The application will be deleted after two quarters if no notification is provided.
Your degree/certificate will be posted to your transcript, usually 2-3 weeks after final grades are posted and the diplomas are mailed approximately 12 weeks after the end of a quarter.
High School Diploma
Skagit Valley College may award an individual who is over 21 years of age, and who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, a high school diploma upon request from the student. If you are over 21, have earned your associate degree, and have not earned a high school diploma, be sure to apply for your high school diploma.
Did you lose your diploma? You may request a duplicate diploma. The fee is $10.00 for each additional copy. Contact the Cashiers Office at 360.416.7805 for payment.
Walking in commencement is not required to graduate. You may participate at either the Whidbey Island Campus or the Mount Vernon Campus regardless of where you completed your coursework. If you indicated that you plan on attending the commencement ceremony, you will receive further information in May. Tickets are not required. For space accommodations, please limit your invitation list to five (5) or fewer guests. *Note that the Whidbey Island Campus Ceremony has more seating for guests.
Cap and Gown
All graduates are required to follow academic tradition and must wear a cap and gown. In addition, students are required to purchase a diploma cover for the ceremony. Graduates eligible to participate in the ceremony may purchase their cap, gown, tassel and diploma cover at the Cardinal Bookstore from May 22, 2018, to June 15, 2018.
Honor cords are also available for students graduating within prescribed GPA requirements.
- Honors: If you are receiving an associate’s degree or certificate and have a college level grade point average of 3.5 to 3.79 as of the end of Winter Quarter you receive a white cord.
- High Honors: If you are receiving an associate’s degree or certificate and have a college level grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 as of the end of Winter Quarter you receive a gold cord.
Academic honors for the commencement program and ceremony are based on your SVC college-level grade point average through Winter Quarter, 2018. The final honors status will be posted on your official transcript after your degree/certificate is awarded.
Phi Theta Kappa
Students belonging to Phi Theta Kappa should contact the honor society concerning any academic regalia.
Still have questions regarding Graduation and Commencement? Contact: [email protected]
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