Graduates will be primarily in two colors of gowns. The bachelor degree graduates in black, and the associate degree and certificate of achievement graduates in maroon. Running Start Students can choose to wear YVC’s maroon or their high school gown. Caps & gowns are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony.

In addition to the cap and gowns, you will also see some students wearing cords, medallions, and stoles which recognize outstanding academic achievement. The cords recognize Honors and High Honors. Phi Theta Kappa members wear gold stoles and student government officers wear white stoles. Finally, two students selected for the All-Washington Academic Team wear their medallions.

In order for these to be special and meaningful, we ask that students refrain from wearing other unauthorized cords, medallions or stoles that are unrelated to student achievement. We want to maintain the traditions that have made commencement a special milestone of success for college graduates throughout history.