Skagit Valley College


2018 Spring Commencement Ceremonies

  • Mount Vernon Campus
    Friday, June 15

  • Whidbey Island Campus
    Thursday, June 14

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. 


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 and San Juan Center.  Participation in commencement does not mean that a student has graduated and students do not receive diplomas on that day.

Apply to Graduate and attend Commencement

Please follow the steps outlined in the Graduation Application online at

Diploma Application Deadline: It is recommended that students apply two quarters prior to the expected quarter of graduation. If you plan to attend the 2018 commencement ceremony, and receive recognition in the commencement program and be considered for academic awards the deadline to apply for the 2018 commencement ceremony is April 10, 2018.  Apply using the link above.

  • Fee:  Application for your initial graduation is free. If you are applying for duplicate copies, you will need to pay a $10.00 fee for each duplicate degree and/or certificate(s).
  • Addresses: Include both a current address where you can be reached while attending SVC, and a permanent address that will be valid for at least six months after the end of your graduation quarter.
  • Graduation quarter: Indicate the year and quarter you plan to complete your degree or certificate for each degree or certificate.

Take care of all financial obligations.  All financial obligations must be cleared before degree/certificates will be granted.  Any balance due on your Student Account will hold your diploma.

*If you have applied for a degree and/or certificate in the past and you did not complete the requirements, you should not reapply.  To reactivate and update an old diploma application please email:


Walking in Commencement is not required to graduate.  If you plan on attending commencement, be sure to indicate the campus where you will attend.  You are eligible to walk at either the Whidbey Island Campus or the Mount Vernon Campus.  Your name will be included in the commencement program if you indicate on your diploma application that you plan on attending the commencement ceremony and apply by April 10, 2018.

If you indicated on your diploma application that you plan on attending the commencement ceremony you will receive further information in May regarding the ceremony.

Tickets are not required. Please help make sure every graduate’s guests can be accommodated by limiting your invitation list to 5 or fewer guests.  Also, please note that the Whidbey Island Campus Ceremony has more seating for guests.  As an SVC graduate you are eligible to walk in either ceremony but are required to indicate which ceremony you will attend on your application.

Cap and gown for commencement:  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.  Due to the funding provided by the district SVC student body government, the price of your graduation package which includes cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover, has been reduced from $49.99 to $39.00.  A discount of $10.99 for each graduate.  Graduates eligible to walk 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 you 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 you 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 only are based on your SVC college level cumulative grade point average and SVC graded credits earned through Winter Quarter, 2018.

Final honors status (printed on your official transcript) will be based on all SVC graded credits and grade points through your last term as a degree seeking student.

Phi Theta Kappa

Students belonging to Phi Theta Kappa should contact the honor society concerning any academic regalia.

Diploma Information

When you have completed all requirements, your degree/certificate will be posted to your transcript, usually 2-3 weeks after final grades are posted. Diplomas are normally mailed approximately twelve weeks after the end of a quarter. If you graduate during a quarter, your diploma will be processed with the current quarter graduates.

High School Diploma

Per SHB 1758 Skagit Valley College may award an individual who is over 21 years of age, who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, a high school diplomas upon written request from the student.  If you are over 21 and have earned your associate degree and have not earned a high school diploma, be sure to apply for your high school diploma. 

Duplicate Diploma

Did you lose your diploma? You can request a duplicate diploma...

You can order a duplicate copy online by clicking “Re-Order” on the diploma application at

Application Fee:

Duplicate Diploma Fee - $10.00 for each diploma.  To pay the fee after applying for the degree online, contact the cashier at 360-416-7805.

Contact Information

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