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Commencement

Honoring Accomplishment

Commencement

Honoring Accomplishment

Commencement

Honoring Accomplishment

Commencement

Commencement is a ceremony in which we celebrate the academic accomplishments of our student graduates. Skagit Valley College typically 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.

2021 Commencement Is Going Virtual

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, we are unable to hold these cherished events in person. However, graduates will be honored in a virtual ceremony. Students who desire to participate in our virtual commencement will be able to upload a photo and hear their name read on June 18th starting at 6 pm. The virtual ceremony will include musical performances from our SVC Choir, as well as commencement speeches from President Keegan and our Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island ASSVC presidents.

How Did Skagit Valley College Make This Decision?

This was an extremely difficult decision to make and while we would rather be celebrating you in person, we have a public health responsibility to care for our community. We are adhering to state and county public health guidelines, and due to limited facility and support staff options, it is not possible to host our ceremonies in person this year.

Can I Purchase Commencement Regalia, Such as a Cap and Gown?

Qualifying 2020–2021 graduates can purchase regalia through the Cardinal Bookstore at 360.416.7601. Visit the Cardinal Bookstore online at: http://www.cardinalbookstore.com/

FAQs for 2020-2021 Commencement

What Is the Difference Between Graduation and Commencement?
Graduation
Graduation means being awarded a state-approved certificate or degree once all of the requirements for that degree/certificate have been successfully completed.
Commencement
Commencement is a ceremony in which students have the opportunity to celebrate their academic accomplishments. Typically, 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.

Students are eligible to participate in commencement if they are:

  • Within ten credits of completing their program, or
  • Two classes, or
  • One quarter of completing their degree and/or certificate (end of Summer Quarter, 2021), and
  • Have completed their graduation application by May 7, 2021
Do I Have To RSVP for Commencement?

Yes! You must RSVP by May 7th. If you applied to graduate and indicated an interest in attending Commencement, you should have received an email with a link to reserve your spot. If you have not received this email, please contact us at [email protected].

How Will Students Receive Instructions To View the Ceremony?

Students will receive messaging the week of June 14th with information regarding where to go for the commencement.

What Platforms Can Students Use To Watch?

Students, staff, faculty, family and friends will be able to view our virtual commencement on Facebook live and/or YouTube

If the Student Can’t Attend on Friday at 6 PM, Will It Be Posted so They Can Watch It Later?

Yes, students will be able to watch after June 18th. We will have the link on the Commencement website.

Can I Purchase Commencement Regalia, Such as a Cap and Gown?

If students have applied for graduation they can purchase regalia through the Cardinal Bookstore at 360.416.7741.

How Do I Know if I Am Eligible for Honors?

If you earned a college-level Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.8-4.0 by the end of Winter Quarter 2021, you will receive a gold cord for High Honors. If you earn a college-level GPA of 3.5-3.79 by the end of Winter Quarter 2021, you will receive a white cord for Honors. 

Who Can I Contact if I Have Additional Questions?

Please email [email protected]. We will review your questions and respond within 48 business hours. 

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