Thursday, June 11, 2015  7:00pm


Parker Faller Field Yakima Campus


We hope that you will take
part in the celebration and invite your
family and friends to join you



Participation in Commencement

Commencement is held once a year. Students who have completed the requirements and have turned in a certificate or associate degree application for: Fall 2014, Winter, Spring or Summer 2015 may participate in the ceremony. The last day to apply for graduation and participate in the ceremony is May 29th.

Graduation Candidates List

The list will be available for proofreading from April 6th through May 4th in the HUB, Registration Office and Technology Complex; in Grandview, next to the Student Service Office. Please note that only the degrees and certificates for the current academic year will be listed. The last day to make changes or be included is May 4th.

Cap, Gown and Tassel

Caps, gowns and tassels may be purchased at the YVCC bookstore starting April 1st. The cost is $29.95 plus tax. Please purchase early to ensure a size that fits. If you cannot afford it, the Student Life Office may be able to help. Contact Roxanne Baca at 509.574.6878.

These items are yours to keep. If you do not want to keep your gown, a drop bin will be available in the HUB by the bookstore after the ceremony. Donated gowns will be recycled for use in future graduation ceremonies. Caps and gowns are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony. Dress in nice street clothes or program uniforms; no jeans, please.

Weather and Attire

The ceremony will go on regardless of weather. Please consider the outdoor environment when planning your attire. Rain may cause graduation gowns to stain clothing. It is usually very windy on the field, and you will be walking on grass; high heels are not recommended.


Wednesday, June 10, 12:00 - 1:00pm  Parker Field

Your attendance is essential to ensure a smooth commencement ceremony. Graduating students are invited to an ASYVCC Student Government hosted luncheon in the HUB immediately following rehearsal. Come and enjoy good food and great company!

Honor Cords

Graduates with exceptional academic qualifications who are completing an associate degree or a certificate requiring 45 or more credits may have earned the privilege of wearing honor cords.

Honors and high honors are based on the cumulative college-level grade point average through winter quarter. Spring quarter is not included in calculating the GPA because grades have not yet been submitted.

    • A cumulative college-level GPA of 3.85 or higher earns High Honors.
    • A cumulative college-level GPA of 3.40 to 3.84 earns Honors.

There is no charge for honor cords, and they are yours to keep. You may pick them up after rehearsal between 1:00 - 1:30pm in the HUB or before the ceremony at the check-in table on the 3rd base line.

No Assigned Seating

There is no assigned seating for students participating in commencement. You are welcome to sit next to friends and classmates. 


Graduates receive their diploma cover during commencement, one cover per graduate. The diplomas are mailed approximately two months after the end of the quarter in which the student graduates. 


Cameras are allowed in the stadium. Guests can photograph graduates but cannot come onto the field. A professional photographer will be taking individual student photographs during check-in and our Community Relations staff will be taking additional pictures during the ceremony. The link to these images will be posted on our website ( shortly after commencement.


Every guest, including children regardless of age, will need a ticket for admission to this year's commencement ceremony.  Tickets are available in the Registration Office. You may have up to six tickets. Please pick up only the number of tickets you need. Children are welcome, but keep in mind that the ceremony is lengthy. Be sure to let your guests know that for safety reasons, strollers are not permitted in Parker Faller Field. The stadium will be open for guest seating beginning at 6:00pm. If your guests have difficulty climbing stairs, please make sure they arrive early for better seating. During the ceremony, refreshments and concessions will not be provided. Please plan accordingly.


Each graduate will receive five free announcements which will be available in the Registration Office at the Yakima Campus and in the bookstore at the Grandview Campus starting April 6th. Students will need photo ID to pick them up. Additional packets of five announcements can be purchased at the bookstore for $6.25 plus tax.

Accommodations/Accessible Seating

If you need accommodations or your guests need accessible seating, please contact Jennifer Townsend at 509.574.4961. YVCC does provide American Sign Language Interpreters for the ceremony. They will be located along the first base line on the field. Please note: Seating for individuals with disabilities is very limited. Reservations are strongly recommended. 


No parking permits are required. All parking lots, including pay lots, are open and free to students and visitors for this event. Additional parking is available on the side streets surrounding the campus including: Arlington, Bonnie Doone, Prasch, and 12th Avenue. 


Parker Field and stadium are non-smoking areas. Please inform your guests that smoking on the YVCC campus is allowed in designated areas only.




If you have any further questions regarding commencement,

please contact the Registration Office at 509.574.4700