Thursday, June 9, 2016  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 will have completed the requirements and have turned in a certificate, associate or bachelor degree application for fall 2015, winter, spring or summer 2016 may register to participate in the ceremony. To register log into your Student Portal, click on Registration (in red) and then on Commencement Registration (bottom right box). Fall 2016 graduates do have the option to walk in this year's ceremony but their information will not appear in the commencement booklet for this academic year. The last day to turn in a graduation application and register to participate in the ceremony is May 31.

Graduation Candidates List

Students who turn in their graduation application by the March 4 deadline will be able to proofread their information before the commencement booklet is printed. The list will be available from April 4 through May 4 in the computer kiosks in the HUB and Registration Office, the Technology Complex and the Student Services Office in Grandview. Please note that only the degrees and certificates for the current academic year (fall 2015 through summer 2016) will be listed. The last day to make changes or be added to the list is May 4.

Commencement Fair

Yakima Campus:  April 13, 10:00am-1:00pm, HUB

Grandview Campus:  April 14, 10:00am-1:00pm, Activity Center

The commencement fair will be a great opportunity for you to order/purchase your cap & gown, pick up your five free invitations/announcements, proofread how your name and degree/certificate will read in the commencement booklet, receive additional information, ask questions and explore what other memorabilia is available for you to purchase. You will also have the opportunity to apply for membership in Phi Theta Kappa or order their sash to wear in the ceremony if you already are a member.

Caps, Gowns & Tassels

Bachelor caps & gowns are black and need to be special-ordered at the bookstore no later than May 6th; all others are maroon and will be available in the Yakima Campus bookstore starting May 18. Grandview students will be able to pick up their cap & gown one day only: during the barbeque on Tuesday, May 24, from 11:45am-2:00pm. If you are not able to attend this event, you will need to purchase your cap & gown in Yakima. The cost for both is $30.98 plus tax. Tassels are the same for both groups; extra tassels will be available for $6.98 plus tax.

If you are graduating with an associate degree or a certificate and you cannot afford a cap & gown the Student Life Office may be able to help. Contact Roxanne Baca at 509.574.6878. Sorry, no bachelor gowns are available at this time.

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.


Graduates who are registered to walk will be able to pick up five free invitations at the Registration Office in Yakima and the front desk in Grandview. Additional packets of five are available in the bookstore for $6.98 plus tax.

Announcements must be picked up in the campus you indicated on your commencement registration. Bring photo ID.

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 8, 12:00-1:00pm,  Parker Faller Field, Yakima Campus

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/bachelor 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.

Because the honors/high honors designations are granted by YVCC, transfer credits are not used in calculating Grade Point Averages (GPA).

    • 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. Parsons Photography will be taking individual student photographs from 4:30-6:30pm in the grassy area between Raymond Hall and Sherar Gym. Photos will be available for graduates and their families. Pre-order packets are available now in the Hub information desk. For more information contact Parsons Photography at 1.800.846.8469 or at

Our Community Relations staff will be taking additional pictures during the ceremony. These images will be available on our website ( starting June 27, 2016.


Please keep in mind that seating in Parker Faller Field is limited. No tickets are required for admission to the ceremony, but to avoid overcrowding we strongly encourage graduates to limit their guest list if at all possible. 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 5:30pm. If your guests have difficulty climbing stairs, please make sure they arrive early for better seating. During the ceremony, only water will be available at the concessions stand.

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 Faller 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