Time to prepare for graduation

By Krystal Robbins - Staff Reporter

Julia Sordahl has applied for graduation but has not yet ordered a cap and gown. 

"I plan on going to the graduation fair to buy all the graduation attire there," Sordahl said.

She will be attending the commencement ceremony along with friends and family on June 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the ShoWare Center in Kent. 

Graduates who would like to participate in Highline's commencement ceremony may RSVP online at https://registration.highline.edu/student-records/commencement/.

Each graduate must wear a black cap and gown at the ceremony. Graduates may pre-order their caps and gowns through the bookstore online. 

You can pick them up at the Graduation Fair on May 16 in Building 8 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. If you did not order a gown or cap, you may purchase one at the fair. 

Also at the fair they will have a videographer, photographer, class rings, graduation regalia, honor cords, diploma frames, graduation announcements, and you can sign up for the alumni association.

Graduation programs coordinator Wuhye Chun said "Please leave all personal belongings with family and friends, and no balloons are allowed in the ShoWare center, but flowers are OK." The ceremony should last up to three hours.

Participation in commencement is not required to receive your degree. However, paper degree certificates will be mailed 15 business days after being entered as a transcript if students applied for graduation. 

You can apply for graduation when you've registered for your last quarter or have all your credits completed. You can find the graduation application form on https://registration.highline.edu/student-records/graduation/ or you can fill a form out at Registration and Records in Building 6. 

Once you have filled it out, you may email the online form to  graduation@highline.edu or turn in your printed out form in Building 6. You should receive a confirmation email to your Highline student email stating that your application has been accepted.

After the confirmation email, you will then have to pay the required graduation fee $13.50. When your application is accepted by the graduation staff, it will be kept on file for a year. If it's not completed within a year, you'll need to reapply.

In order to graduate with honors you need a 3.50 GPA or higher at the time your last course is completed. Students graduating and participating in the commencement ceremony your GPA will be determined by the end of your winter quarter.

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