Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the graduation ceremonies that were scheduled for May 15 will be postponed to Friday, August 7, 2020.

The deadline to apply for graduation has been extended to June 5, 2020.

The deadline to make graduation payments has been extended to June 19, 2020.

Please note: Students completing their programs at the end of spring semester will be marked as graduates on their transcripts within one week of the end of the semester.

Please feel free to contact one of the following staff members for more information about graduation.

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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 be classified as a graduate from a degree, diploma, and/or certificate program, students must:

  1. Complete all required courses for the degree, diploma, or certificate. Associate degree graduates may participate in the annual spring graduation ceremony if they have one or two courses to complete during the summer term. Students needing to complete more than two courses, must receive approval from the division dean and registrar. Note: The college cannot guarantee that courses needed for graduation will be offered during the summer term.
  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average of “C” (minimum of 2.00) in all work attempted in a degree, diploma, or certificate program.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the semester hours required in the program of study at Wilkes Community College.
  4. 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 the May graduation ceremony if they have:

  1.  Satisfied the criteria stated above in items 2, 3, & 4.
  2. Registered for all courses required to complete the degree, diploma or certificate for the subsequent summer term and paid tuition/fees for the summer term.

After completing all academic course requirements for your degree, diploma, and/or certificate, the completion of your credential(s) will automatically be marked on your transcript within one week of the end of the semester/term.

To participate in the annual graduation ceremony in May or to receive a copy of your degree, diploma, and/or certificate that can be used for framing/displaying, you must complete the following steps.

Step 1:  If you are completing requirements for a degree, diploma, and/or certificate in December 2019, May 2020 or August 2020, you must submit a graduation application through E-Forms between November 4, 2019 and June 5, 2020. If you will be completing your degree, diploma, and/or certificate requirements in May 2020 or August 2020, you must register for your classes before submitting the graduation application.

Graduation Application

Step 2:  After your graduation application has been received and reviewed, you will be notified through your college Office 365 email account about your eligibility for graduation. If your eligibility for graduation is confirmed, your email will indicate that your graduation invoice has been submitted to the bookstore. Students who are ineligible for graduation will be asked to meet with their academic advisor and/or Student Services representative to review their academic record.

Step 3:  Go to the bookstore and provide them with your Student ID to pay for your cap and gown and/or degree(s), diploma(s), or certificate(s). Postage costs for mailing the degree(s), diploma(s) and/or certificate(s) are included in the fees. 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 graduation requirements are completed. Additional details will be posted on the graduation webpage in May 2020.

Important Graduation Check-out Dates
Monday, November 4, 2019 Students may begin submitting graduation applications
Friday, January 24, 2020 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.

Friday, June 5, 2020 Final deadline to submit a graduation application
Friday, June 19, 2020 Final deadline to pay graduation fees in the bookstore
Friday, August 7, 2020 Graduation


10 a.m. ceremony for graduates of the Business and Public Services Technologies Division

1 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the Applied Career Technologies Division

4 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the Health Sciences Division

7 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the Arts and Sciences Division

Graduate Meeting

All students participating in the graduation ceremony must attend a meeting in the 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 15.

Line Assignment

Graduates must pick up a packet in Student Services (at the campus designated on the graduation application) between July 27-30. 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, July 20, 2020.


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.

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