Class of 2015


Congratulations Class of 2017!

Lower Columbia College students collectively earned 582 associate degrees, 57 one-year certificates, and 96 high school diplomas and GED certificates.

The annual Commencement Ceremony was held on on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Kelso High School Schroeder Field.  #LCCGrad2017, #Classof2017.

Commencement Speaker: Bill Stoller

Bill Stoller

Bill is co-founder, president and vice chairman of Express Employment Professionals. In 2014, Express helped more than 456,000 people find jobs through 725 franchises located in three countries.

Stoller is president of The Stoller Group, owning 23 Express offices in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and California. He also owns Xenium, a professional employer organization, and Stoller Family Estate, a vineyard and winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Learn more about Bill at LCC's Bill Stoller made a living finding other people jobs.

  Important Information for Graduates and Guests

  Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:30 pm, Kelso High School Schroeder Field

1904 Allen Street in Kelso, WA

Guests may be seated in the Stadium starting at 5 pm.

No pets (except service animals) are allowed.

Strollers must be left outside the stadium, so plan ahead.

Associate Degree and Certificate of Proficiency Graduates

  • Students who graduated with an Associate Degree or Certificate of Proficiency during the previous Summer, Fall or Winter quarters.
  • Students who will graduate with an Associate Degree or Certificate of Proficiency in Spring quarter.
  • Students who will graduate under the Summer Completion Option. This option available to students who will complete an Associate degree or the Medical Assisting program during summer quarter. To be eligible, students must apply for graduation by the posted graduation application deadline for Spring quarter.
  • All students listed above must apply for graduation by the posted graduation application deadline.

High School Diploma and GED Graduates

  • Students who have completed a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Coordinate Disability or Special Needs in Advance

For accommodation of disability or special-needs, please contact Disability Support Services. Only official service animals are allowed at the ceremony, so please do not bring pets unless they are recognized by Washington State law as service animals. Comfort animals do not qualify.

Order your Cap and Gown

The deadline for ordering your cap and gown online was May 5 but you can still order a cap and gown in person.

To order your cap & gown go to the Student ID window in the Student Center or see Justin Ford, his desk is located upstairs in the Student Center.

If you have any questions contact Justin Ford at or call 360.442.2440

Pick up your cap and gown

Pick up your cap and gown at the Diversity & Equity Center located in the Student Center (second floor lobby).

Graduates who have earned an Associate Degree with a GPA of 3.5 or above will receive an honor cord. Veteran graduates will receive their military cord.

  June 12 - 15, 9 am - 5 pm

  June 16, 9 am - 1 pm

Graduates who have earned an associates degree with a GPA of 3.5 or above will receive an honor cord. Veteran graduates will receive their military cord.

Pick up complimentary graduation announcements beginning May 8.

Pick up your announcements beginning May 8 at the Student Center information window located in the first-floor lobby of the Student Center.

Attend mandatory Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsals held on the LCC campus in the Rose Center for the Arts, Wollenberg Auditorium.

Select one of the rehearsal times below.

  June 13, 2 -3 pm

  June 16, 10 - 11 am

Graduates will receive a commencement gift!

Arrive at the Dressing Area in Kelso High School South Gym: 5 pm

LCC staff will assist you in lining up in processional order. The ceremony takes place outside regardless of weather, so please dress appropriately.

Only graduating students will be allowed in the South Gym, so please advise your guests and family accordingly. (Bringing valuables is not recommended i.e. purses/wallets.) Restrooms are located in the main building (turn left as you exit the gym to locate restrooms).

In the gym, check in at the table marked with the first letter of your last name to pick up and fill out your name card. Write down how you want your name announced. If the pronunciation of any party of your name is a challenge, write the name phonetically.

  • Example: Mike Lapic (Phonetically: Mike LAY-PICK)

Please complete the back of the name card; it's how the photographer will contact you about your pictures.

Tassels go on your right prior to graduation; you will be instructed during the ceremony to move it to the left to indicate you have graduated.

Only GED & High School Completion students will need to return their (BLUE) gowns to the South Gym when the ceremony is over. All others may keep their (RED) gowns.

Please dress and behave appropriately; this is a celebration but also a formal event. Please note that there are a number of students from Eastern Washington University participating in our ceremony (who are graduating from programs via the LCC University Center).

Allow adequate time for parking and walking to the gym.

Parking will be congested!

Parking available at Kelso High School, Coweeman Middle School, St. Mary's Church, and Tam O-Shanter Park (south of stadium).

To locate transit options please see Google Maps/Transit.

Get your Commencement Photography

Professional photography provided by GradImages

LCC contracts with GradImages to take professional photographs of each graduate during Commencement.

Pre-Register for your Commencement Photography

You are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time at

Benefits of Pre-Registration

You'll need to provide contact information, either email or mailing address, to receive photo proofs and instructions on how to purchase copies.

Sign up at Commencement

Alternatively graduates may pre-register with GradImages at the ceremony.

Candid photos of the ceremony taken by LCC will also be posted on a few weeks after the ceremony. These photos may be downloaded, printed and shared via email and social media.

Join the Lower Columbia College Alumni Association!

Graduates and their families and guests are invited to attend an Alumni Reception in the quad area outside the stadium immediately following Commencement.

All graduates* are eligible for membership in the Alumni Association. Membership forms will be available along with refreshments.

*Whether you earned a degree or certificate, or took just one class, you are a part of the LCC alumni family! Learn more and sign up for membership at Alumni Association.

Watch a live video stream of the ceremony on YouTube.

Direct link to live stream at

Join the Facebook Event and share with friends in your news feed!

#LCCGrad2017 #Classof2017

Direct link to Facebook event at 


Contact Commencement Staff

Registration Inquiries

  Nichole Seroshek, Registrar


Cap, Gown & Announcement Inquiries

  Justin Ford, Student Activities


High School 21+ Diploma/GED Inquiries

 Transitional Studies


Event Management

 Tiffany Stewart, Marketing Coordinator & Event Planner


 Mary Kate Marthaller, Director of Disability Support Services & Special Populations


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