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How can graduates and guests access the Virtual Graduation Celebration?

A link to the Virtual Celebration website will be emailed to the participants and posted to the commencement website on June 19, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.

Who will have access to the Virtual Graduation Celebrations?

Virtual Graduation Celebrations will be available to the public on June 19 at 2:30 p.m. 

By signing up, uploading images, and submitting messages, you are agreeing to post your submitted information publicly to the website. Should you have any privacy concerns, please email graduation@pierce.ctc.edu.

How long will the Virtual Graduation Celebration be available to view?

Our Virtual Graduation celebration will be available for graduates, their families, friends, and the public to view until June 19, 2021.

Will the Virtual Graduation Celebration have ASL or captioned content?

Yes. All videos and speeches will be captioned.

Why are we hosting Virtual Graduation Celebrations?

Due to public health concerns, Pierce College made the extremely difficult decision to hold a virtual 2020 Commencement. 2019–2020 graduates will be able to participate in-person in the 2021 Commencement ceremony in June 2021.

To recognize the accomplishments of our 2019–2020 graduates now, we are offering a Virtual Graduation Celebration as a way to mark the occasion until we can celebrate in person. Graduates will be able to share this important moment remotely with family, friends, and community.

What is a Virtual Graduation Celebration?

In our Virtual Graduation Celebration, graduates will be able to create a personalized slide, including preferred name, the degree they are graduating with, photograph, and quote or message they would like to share. Their names will also be pre-recorded by a professional name reader. See below for RSVP deadlines.

On June 19, 2020, graduates, their families, friends, and the public will have access to the Virtual Graduation Celebration starting at 2:30 p.m., where they can view speeches from Chancellor Johnson, student speakers, and others, as well as view all of the personalized graduate slides.

When is the Virtual Graduation Celebration page available?

The Virtual Graduation Celebration website will open up on June 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. It will be available for viewing until June 19, 2021.

What is the deadline for graduates to register to participate in Virtual Graduation Celebrations?

Thursday, May 21, at 11:59 p.m. is the last day to complete the graduation survey and be added to the virtual ceremony. If you have missed this deadline, please email graduation@pierce.ctc.edu to see if it is possible to still be added to the ceremony.

Eligible graduates who would like their names pre-recorded should submit this information by May 27 using the Marching Order site. Graduates who miss the May 27 deadline will not have a recording associated with their graduate slide.

The hard deadline to upload a photograph and submit a message for the virtual celebration is Tuesday, June 9 at midnight.

If I register for the Virtual Graduate Celebration, can I still participate in the June 2021 Commencement ceremony?

Yes! The virtual celebration does not replace the official in-person commencement ceremony, and we hope to see each graduate in June 2021.

Do I need to wear a cap and gown for the Virtual Graduation Celebration?

No, but we encourage you to upload a picture wearing your regalia if possible! The Bookstore will also be hosting cap and tassel pick-up for graduates.

You may upload any appropriate image for the virtual celebration.

Since it is a virtual ceremony, will I still get my regalia?

Yes, students will still receive their cap, tassel and any honors cords. Unfortunately, due to logistics and the health and safety of students and staff, we are only able to distribute caps, tassels and honors cords to graduates this year but no gowns.

How do I sign up for my regalia?

On the graduation survey, you will select if you would still like to receive your cap and tassel. Unfortunately, due to logistics and the health and safety of students and staff, we are only able to distribute caps, tassels and honors cords to graduates this year but no gowns.

When can I pick up my cap and tassel?

Those who completed the survey are welcome to pick up their cap and tassels on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • For last names ending with A–M
  • Fort Steilacoom pick up location: Outside of the International House near Parking Lot C
  • Puyallup pick up location: Between the College Center and Administration Building

Thursday, May 28, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • For last names ending with N–Z
  • Fort Steilacoom pick up location: Outside of the International House near Parking Lot C
  • Puyallup pick up location: Between the College Center and Administration Building

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Fort Steilacoom pick up location: Outside of the International House near Parking Lot C
  • Puyallup pick up location: Between the College Center and Administration Building

Can someone else pick up my cap and tassel for me?

Yes, just be sure they know your full name and student ID number. Please also share the safety measures being implemented so they can be prepared.

Do I need to pick up my cap and tassel at the campus where I attended classes?

No, you are able to pick up from either campus.

What is the criteria one must meet to receive the honors cords? Do I need to sign up for these?

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are automatically eligible for an honors cord. No additional application is needed.

How long can my personal message be for the Virtual Graduation Celebration?

There is a limit of 150 characters for each graduate’s personal message.

How does the Student Conduct Code apply to the Virtual Graduation Celebration?

Students participating in the Virtual Graduation Celebration must comply with the Student Conduct Code, including policies on disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior. All images and messages uploaded to the celebration website will be reviewed by administrators. Messages and images that are found to be offensive or against the code of conduct will be removed, and a conduct officer may get involved.