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Cardinal Traditions

Skagit Valley College has many campus traditions that help build community, foster friendships/relationships, encourage collaboration between campuses/centers, create a fun/enjoyable learning environment and promote education and community outreach. Our campus traditions include, but are not limited to Honors Reception, Cardinal Day, the James Ford and Whidbey Island Golf Classics as well as Commencement. Our traditions are marked by our diverse and incomparable students who attend each of our campuses and centers. SVC students strive for success in their academics and extracurricular activities and it is because of them that our traditions continue to grow and flourish.

Cardinal Day, Club Day and Code Red

Club Day

A day that is set aside fall, winter and spring quarters for the campus clubs of Skagit Valley College to inform students about the opportunities, goals and activities of each club. Clubs are encouraged to talk to as many students as possible that day. They are also encouraged to be as creative as possible to attract students to their tables. Clubs are a great way to meet fellow students and get involved on campus.

Learn more about SVC Clubs.

Cardinal Day

Cardinal Day is an annual celebration that Student Life organizations sponsor to honor students for their hard work and accomplishments. This is done by providing an opportunity to have fun and relax with enjoyable themed activities at the end of the school year.

Code Red

Joining the Code Red Team is one of our most recent campus traditions. With a valid SVC Student ID, you will receive a Code Red Cardinals athletic shirt when you come out to support our campus teams. Those who wear the Code Red shirt during home games have a chance to win various prizes.

Graduation/Commencement and Honors Reception

Graduation and Commencement

Graduation is when a student has successfully completed their course work and/or credits requisites as required by the state of Washington and Skagit Valley College.

Commencement is a ceremony where students have the opportunity to celebrate their academic accomplishments in the presence of their family, friends, staff, faculty and the board of trustees. The commencement ceremony takes place in June at the Mount Vernon campus, Whidbey Campus and San Juan Center.

Honors Reception

One of the culminating events of every school year is the annual Honors Reception at both the Mt. Vernon and Whidbey Island Campuses. The Honors Reception is a celebration of both academic achievement and student involvement in campus activities. Supported by both the Office of Student Life and the Skagit Valley College Foundation, the Honors Reception is an evening filled with scholarship and activity awards and is concluded with a reception for the honorees, family, and friends, as well as college faculty and staff. At the Mt. Vernon campus the evening includes the awarding of the prestigious McIntyre Scholarship and the naming of the annual Lewis Award winner, the campus Student of the Year. At the Whidbey Island Campus reception both the Yates Award (Whidbey Island Campus) and the Carol Huber Award (South Whidbey Center) are presented to their respective outstanding students as well.

Cardinal Leadership Summit

The Cardinal Leadership Summit was created to provide SVC student leaders with the opportunity to attend a local conference that offers workshops aimed at fostering partnerships, collaboration, group communication and leadership skills. SVC faculty, staff and administrators will serve as workshop facilitators and mentors during the summit.

The Cardinal Leadership Summit is sponsored by ASSVC, Student Life and S&A Fees. Free admissions for all SVC students.