Student Affairs

Commencement 2017

The 2017 Commencement ceremony will be at the Kent ShoWare Center on Friday, June 16.

  • Graduates may begin checking in at 5:30 p.m. at the north entrance (loading dock area), but must be present by 6:00 p.m.
  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for guests
  • Ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Kent ShoWare Center's large, indoor venue offers enough seating for guests so tickets are not required for family and guests. Seating is fairly close to the floor and sight lines are great.

An email will be sent to graduates who have indicated their intent to participate in the commencement ceremony by the week of May 8. The email will be sent to the student's Green River email account.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at: or call the commencement hotline at: (253) 833-9111 ext. 4740.

Additional Information:


For the Graduate

Congratulations on your significant accomplishment! It's time to make plans to attend the commencement ceremony and celebrate your graduation.

Graduation Cards

Once your graduation application has been processed, your graduation card will be available at the Records Office of Enrollment Services (SA-277) beginning Monday, May 22. Graduates are required to sign the graduation card verifying their degree/certificate and honors. Photo identification is required.

The Enrollment Services office hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Caps, Gowns and Tassels

Caps, gowns, tassels, announcements and related materials will be available for sale in the PaperTree Bookstore beginning the first week of May. Items may be limited, so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to pick up what you need. Graduation items may be purchased after you have picked up your graduation card from Enrollment Services. Cards will be available beginning May 22.

Commencement Price List

Student Cap – Gown – Tassel $ 25.00
Additional Tassels $ 4.00
Cap – Tassel $ 7.00
Single Honor Cord (honors 3.5-3.69) $ 5.00
Double Honor Cord (high honors 3.7-3.89) $ 9.00
Stole (highest honors 3.9+) $ 14.00
Military Cord (red, white, blue) $ 10.00
Announcements $ 0.99 ea
Name Cards (25 per box; 1-week order time) $ 16.00
Shipping for Name Cards $ 3.95
Envelope Seals (25 per sheet) $ 7.00
Thank You Note Cards (25 per box) $ 14.00
Diploma Frames $ 17.00
Diploma Covers $ 9.50
Package (25 announcements, 25 seals, name cards 1 box, 25 thank you cards, 1 diploma cover) $ 65.00


In Honor of Our Military Personnel

We want to provide recognition to Green River’s graduates, faculty, staff and administrators for their military service to our country. A red, white, and blue military service cord will be available for graduates, faculty, staff and administrators who meet the eligibility requirements and wish to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Eligibility: Any graduating student, faculty, staff and administrator who are presently serving or who served in the military service.

Any graduating student who has been accepted into a military service delayed entry program.

Students participating in the ceremony can pick up a military service cord at the same time you sign your graduation card in Enrollment Services SA-277. Staff, Faculty and Administrators, please contact an Enrollment Services staff person to obtain your cord.

Information Sessions

There will be no ceremony rehearsal at the Kent ShoWare Center. Instead, there will be two
graduation information sessions scheduled for all graduates. Important information about the ceremony will be discussed including graduation cards, processional and diploma ceremony and general venue information.

Your commencement ceremony will be more fun for you if you know what is going on, so please plan to attend one of the two sessions.

Date and Times:
Tuesday, June 13 (Study Day)

  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Green River Main Campus
Lindbloom Student Union (SU), Main Dining Area

Pre-Ceremony Information

  • ShoWare Center doors will open for guests at 6:00 p.m.
  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is plenty of available seating. No tickets will be required.
  • Remember to bring your cap and gown!
  • Guests needing accommodations are not required to make prior arrangements for seating. Kent ShoWare staff will assist guest(s) to designated seating.
  • Graduates should enter on the NORTH end of the venue starting at 5:30 p.m. but no later than 6:00 p.m. to pick-up graduation cards, get instructions and dress in cap and gown
  • Guests are required to enter at the main entrance of the Kent ShoWare Center on the SOUTH end facing James Street.
  • All personal items should be left at home, locked in your vehicle or given to a guest prior to entering the north end of the Kent ShoWare Center.
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
  • Graduates will be required to remain seated through the end of the ceremony to respect the accomplishments of all graduates.
  • The Kent ShoWare Center is a non-smoking facility.


Graduate portraits will be taken at the Kent ShoWare Center by Darel Roa Photography:


Shuttle bus transportation is provided for Green River students on a first come, ticket-only basis from Student Life located on the second floor in the Mel Lindbloom Student Union. Buses will depart from the AD Building Traffic Circle at 5:00 p.m. and return to campus after the event. Student ID is required.

  • Call (253) 833-9111, ext. 2400 for additional information. 
  • Deadline to reserve bus tickets is Wednesday, June 14.

General Parking

Kent ShoWare Center features free parking onsite, and in several lots within close walking distance. Parking spaces at the onsite parking lot are limited and are filled on a first come, first served basis, therefore arriving early is advised.

Parking Restrictions
As a courtesy to Kent Station’s patrons, please do not leave your vehicle at Kent Station during the commencement ceremony.

Parking for graduates and guests with disabilities is available with proper state identification onsite at the Kent ShoWare Center. Parking spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Disability Accommodations

Graduates Requesting Accommodation(s):

For accomodation requests, please call Disability Support Services: (253) 833-9111, ext. 2646 or stop by the DSS office at SA-271A.

The Disability Support Services office hours:

  • Monday - Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

All requests must be submitted by Friday, May 26. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed after May 26.

Guests with Disabilities

* No special arrangements are organized through Disability Support Services for guests with a disability. ShoWare Center staff will aid guests upon their arrival at the ceremony.

  • Doors will open for guests at 6:00 p.m.
  • Drivers may drop off guests with the disability at the front entrance on James Street and park their car in the ShoWare parking lot or at one of the offsite parking areas, not to include the Kent Station.
  • Go to the Parking Map for additional offsite parking options.
  • ShoWare staff will assist guest with a disability a designated seating area.
  • Only one companion will be allowed to sit with the guest with a disability.

Directions to the Event

Kent ShoWare Center
625 West James Street
Kent, WA 98032

From Seattle: Take I-5 south, exit 149 (Kent/Des Moines Road) turn left (east) on Kent/Des Moines Road. Follow Kent/Des Moines Road east as it becomes Willis Street.  Turn left onto 4th Avenue.  From 4th Avenue, turn left on James Street; ShoWare Center will be on your right.

From Tacoma: Take I-5 north, exit 149A (Kent/Des Moines Road) turn right (east) on Kent/Des Moines Road. Follow Kent/Des Moines Road east as it becomes Willis Street. Turn left onto 4th Avenue. From 4th Avenue, turn left on James Street; ShoWare Center will be on your right.

From Bellevue/Renton: Take SR 167 (Valley Freeway) southbound, exit Willis Street. Turn left onto Willis Street, and then turn left onto 4th Avenue.  From 4th Avenue, turn left on James Street; ShoWare Center will be on your right.

From North Bend: Take I-90 westbound to SR 18. Follow SR 18 to the Covington Exit. Turn right onto Kent-Kangley Road. Follow Kent-Kangley Road and turn left onto SE 256th Street. Continue down the hill which changes into Smith Street. Turn right onto 4th Avenue. From 4th Avenue, turn left on James Street; ShoWare Center will be on your right.

From Puyallup and Auburn: Take SR 167 (Valley Freeway) northbound, exit Willis Street. Turn right onto Willis Street, and then turn left onto 4th Avenue. From 4th Avenue, turn left on James Street; ShoWare Center will be on your right.

For more information check out Kent ShoWare Center directions page.

Contact Us

Commencement Information:
Phone: (253) 288-4740

Disability Support Services:
Phone: (253) 833-9111, ext. 2646

Enrollment Services:
Phone (253) 833-9111, ext. 2500