Graduating from Grays Harbor College

Congratulations on your Academic Achievement!

Grays Harbor College student walking with a diploma during graduationAs you near the end of your degree at GHC, there are some important steps to take to be sure that you are awarded your degree.

Step 1: Apply for your Degree or Certificate

In order to receive your certificate or degree you must complete a Degree/Certificate Application. Once you have completed this application, our transcript evaluator will go through your transcripts and verify that we can award you your degree or certificate.

Please complete this at least one quarter before you plan to graduate. This ensures that GHC can confirm your degree/certificate and notify you of any outstanding credits you may need.

Completing your Degree Application does not register you to participate in the graduation ceremony, please proceed to Step 2 to register for the celebration.

Apply for Degree or Certificate

Step 2: Register for the Ceremony

The 2024 Commencement Ceremony will be on Friday, June 21st at Stewart Field in Aberdeen, Washington at 7:00p.

Register for Commencement Ceremony

 To ensure that your name is included in the official ceremony program, we ask that graduates register by May 10th, 2024. An email will be sent to graduates who are on track to complete their degree or certificate this spring quarter.

What happens if I register for the ceremony after the deadline?
Students that miss the May 10th deadline can still register and participate in the ceremony, though their name may be excluded from the printed program as it has already gone to print.

If I complete my degree this summer, can I participate in the ceremony?
Students who will complete a degree in summer quarter are eligible to participate in the spring commencement ceremony as long as they have registered for summer quarter classes.

Commencement Ceremony Details
This year’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony will take place at Stewart Field  in Aberdeen on Friday, June 21st at 7:00 pm. The stadium is located at 800 Willard St., Aberdeen, Washington 98520.

Stewart Field Details

  • No admission fee 
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm

Arrival Time & Graduate Drop-Off Area

  • The stadium gates open at 5:30pm and graduates should arrive no later than 6:15pm to ensure adequate time to check-in and line up
  • The graduate check-in area will be at the north grandstands of Stewart Field. Graduates can  enter the stadium from the side entrance (located on Holmes St.) or the main entrance (located off N B St)   
  • To get to Holmes St. you will want to turn off N B St. at Cleveland St.
  • Holmes St. will be blocked off at the intersection of Holmes & Stewart St. 

Stewart Field Parking

  • Public parking is located next to the stadium at Willard St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
  • Employees are being directed to park next to the Stewart Building at 900 Cleveland St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
  • There is no cost to park at the stadium

Graduate Instructions

  • Please arrive by 6:15 pm; doors to stadium will open at 5:30pm
  • No spike heels will be allowed on the field, this includes pumps, stilettos, kitten heels, and every type of metal cleat
  • Follow the signs to the graduate check-in where you will receive your name card, which will include your name, degree and other honors being recognized  
  • At 6:30p we will gather all graduates to get a group photo and then line you up for the processional into the ceremony
  • Graduates may line up in any order, unless it has been communicated to you in advance of the ceremony about lining up in a specific order  
  • Please pay attention to the ushers, who will assist you getting to your seats (processional) and exiting your seats post-ceremony (recessional)  

Cap & Gown

To arrange a time to pick-up between June 17-20 at the Aberdeen campus, email jonni.dawson@ghc.edu or call 360-538-4066. Pacific County students who need make an appointment to pick-up in Raymond,  email kent.smaciarz@ghc.edu or call 360-538-4023.
 
Graduates who are unable to pick up their cap, gown and tassel before the ceremony will be able to pick-up their items at the graduate check-in on the day of the event, arrive early enough to do so.

Event Photography

We are delighted to share that we will have Moyer Multi Media at this year’s ceremony providing photography services. Students will be able to access photos a few days after the event. Moyer Multi Media

Contact Us

Any questions about this year’s commencement ceremony should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services by contacting 360-538-4066 or vpssoffice@ghc.edu. Questions about the Application for Degree or Certificate should be directed to the Welcome Center at 360-532-9020 or enrollment@ghc.edu.

Previous Ceremonies

Here are the web links to recent ceremonies and event programs the college has hosted: