GED and High School Completion

Participation in Virtual Commencement ceremony

The June commencement is a ceremony for those students who have completed or plan to complete their degree or certificate during fall, winter or spring of the current school year.  Participation is not required.  A list to many of your questions are below.  

When will the ceremony happen?:

The Commencement ceremony will be a virtual celebration and will go live on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. The link to view the ceremony will be posted on the Commencement webpage early June. 

What is a virtual ceremony?:

Clark College will have a webpage that will post the ceremony on Thursday, June 18, 2020.  This webpage can be shared by Graduates to any family and friends and be viewed anywhere in the world, so for family and friends that aren’t local they can also celebrate the the accomplishments of the graduates!

The webpage will have congratulatory remarks from the Clark College President and Associated Students Council President.  It will also include customized personalized slides for each graduate that will have the graduates name, honors status (if applicable), as well as a quote (if chosen to include) and a photo (if chosen to include).  When the graduates slide comes up on the screen their name will be announced, as if it would if you were at an in-person ceremony.  

If you are completing your degree or certificate by June and would like to particpate in the ceremony please contact Pedro Hernandez, or Glenda Cunningham, by May 1 at NOON. 

What about caps and gowns?

The new deadline to order caps and gowns is Friday, May 1 at NOON.  Please be sure you contacted someone from Transitional Studies before submitting your cap and gown order form.  Cap and gown order forms may be submitted via email to or call 360.992.2942.  

Cap and gown packets will be mailed directly to the graduate by May 26. We encourage the graduate to get a photo in their cap and gown and submit it for the photo that will display on their custom slide during the virtual cermeony.  You will have until May 31 to submit your photos and custom slide details. 

How much will caps and gowns cost?:

The College will be covering all costs of the caps and gowns.  Graduates may keep their caps and gowns.  

What if I already ordered a cap and gown?:

The Bookstore will contact you to refund your money and see if you would like to keep your order.  If you do want to keep your order they will also ask for a physical mailing address to mail your order. 

I am a Vet and would like a cord:

Make sure to check the box on the cap and gown order form and a vet cord will be mailed to you. 

I would like a stole showing my identity pride:

Make sure to check the box on the cap and gown order form as to which stole you would like to receive and a stole will be mailed to you. If you have further questions on identity pride stoles please contact the Diversity Office at


When will I get my diploma?:

Your diploma is mailed to you 6-8 weeks after the quarter in which you complete (this is the case regardless of the type of ceremony we hold).

Will I receive Announcements?:

An electronic announcement wiill be created and will be available for Gradutes to share by late May. 

Will their be a program with my name listed?:

If you completed and submitted your graduation application by May 1 at noon your name will be printed in the program.  Programs will be mailed with the graduates diploma. 

Will their be an in-person ceremony?:

Due to the unknown restrictions on large gatherings over the next several months an immediate postponement was not viable.  We invite and encourage the class of 2020 to return to Clark on Thursday, June 17, 2021 where we will celebrate the class of 2020 along with the class of 2021.  Please keep your cap and gown from this year for next years ceremony!

If you have general questions about the Commencement ceremony please contact Michelle Golder at 360-992-2543 or

If you have any questions regarding your program and completion please contact Pedro Hernandez, or Glenda Cunningham,