2021Grad

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Clarkston Students:  Friday, June 11, 2021, beginning at  5:00 p.m.  on the  Clarkston  Campus

Walla Walla Students:  Saturday, June 12, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  on the Walla Walla  Campus

Event Information

Walla Walla Community College will hold a unique Drive-Thru Graduation celebration. This event will follow all Washington State Department of Health 2021 Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies safety and health guidelines.  Masks and social distancing will be in effect.

A few details about the event:

  • Reservations will be required to participate. If you did not sign up by the deadline (May 28), please contact us directly:
  • Friends & family can attend the graduation celebration and will be asked to remain in the vehicle during the ceremony.
  • Photos will be taken and can be purchased after graduation day.
  • Nursing students: Your reservation option includes the general WWCC Drive-Thru ceremony AND a Drive-Thru Nurses’ Pinning for each campus (you do NOT need to sign up for two time slots to participate in both).

What does a Drive-Thru Graduation look like?

Upcoming dates to keep in mind:

  • If you do not plan to participate in the Drive-Thru Graduation event, you can still sign up to receive an SGA Grad Box. Sign up here by May 28th. Boxes will be mailed the week of graduation
  • Graduation regalia, program and announcement pick-up and mailing begins: June 2nd – details regarding pickup time and location will be provided at a later date.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Graduation Planning Committee Chairs, Margarita Banderas (Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) or Doreen Kennedy (VP Administrative Assistant) at [email protected].

CLARKSTON GRADUATION DETAILS

CLARKSTON GRADUATION DETAILS

  1. Please enter campus at YOUR RESERVED TIME SLOT via the Fair Street entrance – this will be the only entry to campus on this day.
  2. You will be directed along the Drive-Thru route to the graduation ceremony area.
    1. If you are arriving via public bus transportation, via bicycle or walking; head directly to the main building entrance where you will be directed to the graduation ceremony.
  3. Vehicles will have the option to stop and take photos at the SGA Photo Booth (all vehicle occupants may participate – face masks must be worn and can only be removed for the photo).
  4. At the graduation ceremony area, the graduate will be directed to exit the vehicle and stop at identified stations (vehicles will follow along). Graduates MUST wear a face mask, and ALL vehicle occupants will be directed to remain in the vehicle.
    1. If the graduate doesn’t have a driver or has small children, they will be directed to a specific parking area.
  5. Graduates will have their picture taken individually and with WWCC President, Dr. Chad E. Hickox. Graduates will be allowed to remove their face mask during photos only. (Please note: occupants of the vehicle will not be allowed to exit the vehicle for photos as this time.)
  6. Upon completion of the tassel turn, graduates will once again enter their vehicle and will be directed along the Drive-Thru route to the SGA area.
  7. FOR NURSING STUDENTS ONLY: once you cross the general stage, you will be directed to the nurses’ pinning station and will complete your pinning. Students will return to their vehicle and be directed along the Drive-Thru route to the SGA area.
  8. Vehicles will be directed to exit campus on Bridge Street via one exit point.

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WALLA WALLA GRADUATION DETAILS

WALLA WALLA GRADUATION DETAILS

  1. Please enter campus at YOUR RESERVED TIME SLOT via the Tausick Way entrance – this will be the only entry to campus on this day.
  2. You will be directed along the Drive-Thru route to the graduation ceremony area.
    1. If you are arriving via public bus transportation, you will be directed from the campus bus stop to the graduation ceremony area.
    2. If you are arriving via bicycle or walking, please plan to arrive on campus and head directly to the campus bus stop area where you will be directed to the graduation ceremony area.
  3. At the graduation ceremony area, the graduate will be directed to exit the vehicle and stop at identified stations (vehicles will follow along). Graduates MUST wear a face mask, and ALL vehicle occupants will be directed to remain in the vehicle.
    1. If the graduate doesn’t have a driver or has small children, they will be directed to a specific parking area.
  4. Graduates will have their picture taken individually and with WWCC President, Dr. Chad E. Hickox. Graduates will be allowed to remove their face mask during photos only. (Please note: occupants of the vehicle will not be allowed to exit the vehicle for photos as this time.)
  5. Upon completion of the tassel turn, graduates will once again enter their vehicle and will be directed along the Drive-Thru route to the SGA area. At this point, vehicles will have the option to stop and take photos at the SGA Photo Booth (all vehicle occupants may participate – face masks must be worn and can only be removed for the photo).
  6. FOR NURSING STUDENTS ONLY: once you have picked up your SGA graduation gift box and visited the SGA Photo Booth station (optional), vehicles will be directed to the Nurses’ Pinning staging area located in the Health Sciences parking lot.
  7. Vehicles will be directed to exit campus via one of two exit points.

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Degrees and Certificates:

Final verification of degree or certificate completion is made by the Office of Admissions & Registrar (OAR) after quarterly grades are posted.  Final degree or certificate posting, and diploma mailing may not occur for six to eight weeks after graduation.

Congratulations on reaching this amazing goal, we look forward to sharing this celebration with you!  Please check back for more details – information will be updated as it becomes available.

Walla Walla Community College is proud to call you our alumni! Stay in touch. Continue learning and growing. Go forth to improve lives in your family, your community, and the world.

Walla Walla Campus – Graduation:

  • Saturday, June 13, 2020, in the Dome
    • Arts & Sciences Ceremony : 10 AM
    • BAS & Workforce Ceremony: 1 PM

Cap, Gown, & Graduation Announcements:

  • Pick up at the Warriors Locker (Bookstore) beginning on Tuesday, May 28th.

Day of Graduation:

  • Arts & Sciences graduates arrive and check in with Admissions no later than 9:15 the morning of graduation.
  • Workforce graduates arrive and check in with Admissions no later than 12:15 the afternoon of graduation.
  • You will be given graduation instructions along with a 3×5 card with your name printed on it exactly as you gave it to us on the graduation application, along with a title of your degree or certificate.

Degrees and Certificates:

  • Final verification of degree or certificate completion is made by the Evaluations Office in OAR only after quarterly grades are posted.
  • Final degree or certificate posting and diploma mailing may not occur for six to eight weeks after graduation.

Photographs:

  • Photographers from Walla Walla Portrait Design will take two pictures of each graduate during the ceremony.
  • Individual Photograph while receiving diploma
    To insure a good photograph, there are a few things to remember, most importantly, stop completely while shaking hands with the President. There’s nothing worse than a photograph with the tassel waving across your face, so remember to pause. Also establish good eye contact with the President during handshake rather than looking at the photographer.
  • Individually posed photograph
    After receiving your diploma, you will be directed to stand in front of a green screen holding your diploma. This time look directly at the camera. This pose will allow you to see several pre-rendered backgrounds taken around campus PLUS many generic backgrounds including studio.
  • Candids both before, during and after graduation of you, friends, family from our roving photographer.
  • Families & groups desiring a professional photograph taken, please meet outside on the lawn immediately following commencement where you will be guided to the sectioned area for your photograph.  Your no obligation photograph will be posted online with the rest of today’s photography.

Within 7-10 days of graduation, you will receive individual proofs and order forms in the mail. You will be able to place orders by mail at that time or even better online within 24-48 hrs after graduation at www.GradPhotoNetwork.com.  Enter “Walla Walla Community College” and the year or pin# (which will be on the order form you’ll be receiving by mail) to access your photographs.

Feel free to pass this website to loved ones and friends so they can see /order as well.  If you do not receive this mailing within two weeks, please call our office for address clarification.  When ordering, please notice the order deadline. NOTE: Mailed order forms have only the Diploma and Pre-rendered proofs.  The variety of backgrounds and candids can only be viewed online.  Be sure to not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Congratulations and we’ll see you at graduation!

Congratulations on reaching this amazing goal, we look forward to sharing this celebration with you!