Congratulations Graduating LCC Students!





  Important Information for Graduates and Guests

  Friday, June 19, 2020, 5:30 pm, Kelso High School Schroeder Field

Address: 1904 Allen Street in Kelso, Washington.

You may invite as many guests as you wish. Gates open for seating at 5 pm. All guests should arrive prior to 6 pm. The ceremony begins at 6:30 pm.

Please do not bring pets unless they are recognized by Washington State law as service animals. Emotional support animals do not qualify.

Strollers must be left outside the stadium.

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 at LCC.

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. Please do not bring pets unless they are recognized by Washington State law as service animals. Emotional support animals do not qualify.

Order your Cap and Gown

Follow this link to order your cap and gown. Orders must be received between April 3 and May 6.

Your cap and gown are provided by ASLCC. There is no direct cost to you.

CEO and Transitional Studies (High School+) graduates, do not order through the link above. Please contact CEO or Transitional Studies for help and information about how to get your cap and gown.

Pick up your Cap and Gown

2020 Cap and gown pickup in STC 216 (second floor of the Student Center).

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

Cap and gown questions? Please contact Student Programs & Activities in room 108 of the Student Center, email or call (360) 442-2443.

Pick up your Complimentary Graduation Announcements

2020 Graduation Announcement pickup: beginning May 6.

Pick up your 10 complimentary announcements from the Student Activities office on the first floor of the Student Center.

Graduation announcement questions? Please contact Student Programs & Activities in room 108 of the Student Center, email or call (360) 442-2443.

Attend Required Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsals held on the LCC campus in the Health and Science Building, Room 101 (HSB 101).

Select a rehearsal time below; choose one to attend.

  Tuesday, June 16, 2 - 3 pm

  Friday, June 19, 10 -11 am

Arrive at the dressing area in Kelso High School South Gym at 5 pm

Follow the signage. 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).

Check in at the table marked with the first letter of your last name to pick up and fill out your name card.

Name cards will be used to announce your name during the commencement ceremony. 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.

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

Graduates must return to their seats after receiving their diploma cover and march out of the stadium with the group.

It is considered disrespectful and inappropriate to leave during the ceremony, so please plan accordingly.

Graduates should plan on being at the stadium from at least 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and should allow extra time for traffic after the ceremony.

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

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.

Prelude Concert

LCC Symphonic Band, Dr. Robert Davis, Director


"March No. 1" from Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar.

Alma Mater and National Anthem

LCC Combined Choirs, Gina Challad, Music Faculty


LCC Symphonic Band

Alma Mater (words)

These welcome halls that we have come to know
As we push forward
Where we've learned and come to grow
Have helped us look ever onward
Standing with our Alma Mater |
Always by her side
We will travel near and far
But always on our mind and deep within our hearts
LCC we will always cherish thee
Our community among the rivers three
Thanks to you, Our beloved LCC

Music and lyrics for LCC's new Alma Mater introduced in 2017. Composer: Yana Pisarchuk, LCC Class of 2017. Lyricist: Alex Blum, LCC Class of 2016.

Get your Commencement Photography

Professional photography by GradImages

GradImages takes professional photographs of each graduate during Commencement.

Pre-Register with GradImages

You are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time at Get 20% off your graduation photo order of $50 or more by registering before the event!

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 with GradImages at Commencement

Graduates may pre-register with GradImages at the ceremony.

Candid photography by LCC photographers

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.

Congratulate students who have achieved high academic honors

Scholastic Achievement Awards - presented to up to four students each year who are graduating with the highest grade point average and most rigorous coursework. These students are presented with an award plaque at Commencement and are listed in the Commencement Program booklet.

Outstanding Student Awards - presented to outstanding students from their respective field of study. These students are honored at an awards ceremony held prior to commencement, and are listed in the Commencement Program booklet.

All-Washington Academic Team - presented to students who have been nominated by LCC's college president, and who have been recognized as part of the Washington State team. These students are honored at an awards ceremony held in Olympia each year in the spring, and are listed in the Commencement Program booklet.

Watch a livestream of the ceremony on YouTube

Link will post on June 19, 2020.


Contact Commencement Staff

Registration Inquiries

  Magnus Altmayer, Director of Registration

  (360) 442-2372

Cap, Gown & Announcement Inquiries

  Student Programs & Activities

  (360) 442-2443

High School+ Diploma/GED Inquiries

 Transitional Studies

  (360) 442-2580

Event Management

 Tiffany Stewart, Marketing Coordinator & Event Planner

  (360) 442-2112

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

  (360) 442-2341

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