WCC Graduation

Commencement Information


Wilkes Community College Graduation Commencement 2019 will be held at the John A Walker Community Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

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Graduation Livestream

Graduation 2019 will be livestreamed on the WCC Facebook page!

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Parking:  Students may park in the Randolph Hall parking lot. Guests may park in the Daniel Hall and Walker Center lots.

To graduate, students must:

  1. Complete a graduation application with their academic advisor and then submit it to the Office of Student Services during the designated period (November 5, 2018 – February 28, 2019). Note: A My Progress/Program Evaluation that verifies eligibility for graduation must be attached to the application.
  2. Complete all required courses for the degree, diploma, or certificate. (Associate degree graduates may participate in the annual spring graduation exercise if they have one or two courses to complete during the summer term. More than two courses needed during the summer term must be approved by the division dean and registrar. However, the college cannot guarantee courses needed for graduation will be offered during the summer term.)
  3. Attain a cumulative grade point average of “C” (minimum of 2.00) in all work attempted in a degree, diploma, or certificate program.
  4. Complete no less than 25 percent of the semester hours required in the program of study at Wilkes Community College.
  5. Satisfy all financial obligations to Wilkes Community College.

Students who will complete all required coursework for graduation during the subsequent summer term may participate in graduation exercises if they have:

  1. Satisfied the criteria stated above in items 1, 3, 4, & 5.
  2. Registered for all courses required to complete the degree, diploma or certificate for the subsequent summer term and paid the tuition for the summer term.
  3. Received permission from the appropriate division dean. (Diploma seeking students are excluded.)

Students should plan carefully for summer term as only a limited number of courses are offered, and students may not be able to take the courses needed for graduation.

All graduating students must pay a graduation fee in the college bookstore. The fee will cover the cost of the cap, gown, tassel, and degree, diploma or certificate.  Postage costs for mailing the degree, diploma and/or certificate are also included in the fee. Note: Degrees, diplomas, and certificates will not be distributed at the graduation ceremony. They will be mailed at a later date and the timeframe for mailing will vary depending upon what semester/term someone completes his/her graduation requirements. Additional details will be posted on the graduation webpage in May 2019.

Graduating students are encouraged to participate in the commencement exercise, but attendance is not required.

Important Graduation Check-out Dates
Monday, November 5, 2018 Students may begin submitting graduation applications and My Progress/Program Evaluations to Student Services. Note: Students must prepare these documents with their academic advisor before submitting them to Student Services.
Friday, January 25, 2019 Deadline for students to charge graduation fees in the bookstore on their financial aid account for spring semester. *Note:  Students must have received financial aid for spring semester and have completed Graduation “Check-Out” Steps (1-4) a minimum of two weeks prior to this deadline in order to be eligible to utilize this option.
Thursday, February 28, 2019 Final deadline to submit a graduation application to Student Services
Friday, April 5, 2019 Final deadline to pay graduation fees in the bookstore
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Graduation


4 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the Arts and Sciences Division and Business and Public Services Technologies Division
7 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the Health Sciences Division and Applied Career Technologies Division

Graduate Meeting

All students participating in the graduation ceremony must attend a meeting in Randolph Hall/Bumgarner Gym an hour prior to the start of the ceremony to receive instructions about line- up and other procedures. Graduates in the 4 p.m. ceremony must meet at 3 p.m. and graduates in the 7 p.m. ceremony must meet at 6 p.m.


Each graduate will be provided with tickets in their graduation packet. These tickets must be given to anyone that plans to attend the ceremony. The total number of tickets received will depend on the number of graduates participating in the ceremony and will be announced at a later date. Tickets must be presented at the door for entry into the ceremony. If tickets are lost, they will not be replaced. Seats cannot be saved. Ticket holders may choose to be seated or wait on the arrival of their entire party in the lobby. Twenty minutes prior to the ceremony, stand-by tickets will be distributed to anyone who is in line without a ticket. Any seats that are not filled will be filled with stand-by ticket holders.


Please dress appropriately for graduation. Men are asked to wear a shirt with a collar, long dark pants and dark shoes. Ladies are asked to wear a dress, skirt/blouse, or long, dark pants with flat dark shoes to match black gown. You will pick up your cap and gown in the College Bookstore (dates and times are posted on our website). Please allow ample time to “press the wrinkles out” before May 14.

Line Assignment

Graduates must pick up a packet in Student Services (at the campus designated on the graduation application) between May 7-10. The packet will contain tickets, maps, and information about commencement program procedures. It is important that you bring the line assignment card with you on graduation day.

Disability Assistance

A graduate and/or a guest who has current medical concerns or disabilities and who needs some type of accommodations must contact Cindy Core at 336-838-6137 by Monday, May 6, 2019.


A reception for everyone in attendance will be held immediately following the ceremony. This is an excellent opportunity for your family and friends to meet the faculty and your classmates. Please encourage them to join us!

Photography During Commencement

For your convenience, Photo Specialties, a professional photographer, will record the moment you are awarded your degree/diploma/certificate. You will be offered several options for ordering enlargement packages at very reasonable prices with no obligation to purchase these prints. You will receive important communications from Photo Specialties by email and/or postal mail. For those of you who provided an email address, you will receive an email from the photographer with a website link, www.photospecialties.com and a password that will allow you to view and order your graduation photos online. A free, color proof will also be mailed to your permanent address so that you will have the opportunity to purchase these prints. If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, please contact  info@photospecialties.com or call 1-800-722-7033.