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Virtual Ceremony

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. 

On June 18, 2021, graduates, their families, friends, and the public will have access to the Virtual Graduation Celebration starting at 3:30 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 18, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. PST. It will be available for viewing until June 18, 2022.

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! Otherwise, you may upload any appropriate image for the virtual celebration. 

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.

Who will have access to the Virtual Graduation Celebrations?

Our Virtual Graduation Celebration will be available to the public on Friday, June 18 at 3:30 p.m. PST. 

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 e-mail 

How can graduates and guests access the Virtual Graduation Celebration?

A link to the Virtual Celebration website will be texted and emailed to the participants and posted to the commencement website prior to Friday, June 18, 2021, at 3:30 p.m.

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 18, 2022.

Will the Virtual Graduation Celebration have ASL or Captioned content?

Yes, all videos and speeches will be captioned.

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

Yes, students who completed the graduation survey will still receive their cap, gown, tassel and any honors cords. 

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 gown.

How much is the cap and gown?

There is no additional charge for the regalia. 

When can I pick up my cap and tassel?

Those who completed the graduation survey are welcome to make an appointment to pick up their regalia with the bookstore. Please contact the bookstore you would like to pick it up at: Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup  

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

Yes, just be sure they know your full name, student ID number and approximate height. 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.