For the Graduate

Congratulations on your significant accomplishments!

It's time to make your commencement ceremony plans. Please read this entire page for important information, dates, and deadlines.

In-person celebrations were cancelled during the 2020 and 2021 due to the social distancing requirements put in place to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.

This year, we invite Green River College graduates from 2020 and 2021 to celebrate with us in person, alongside the 2022 Green River College graduates. If you are a graduate from 2020 or 2021 and would like to participate in an in-person ceremony but have not yet received an email with information, please email

In order to accommodate the large number of graduates wishing to participate in commencement, we will be hosting two ceremonies. Though space for participation will be prioritized for 2022 graduates, we welcome graduates from 2020 and 2021 on a first-come, first-served basis.

2022 Commencement Ceremony Participation Options:

  • In Person (FRIDAY, June 17, 2022):
    • Ceremony #1: 12 p.m. (noon), or
    • Ceremony #2: 7 p.m.

Students may participate in only one of the two available ceremonies.

Contact Us

Office of the Registrar:
Phone: 253-288-3383

Commencement Information:
Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 4740

Disability Support Services:
Phone: 253-931-6460

Ceremony Registration

The registration period closed Wednesday, June 15 at 10 p.m. Pacific.

Caps, Gowns and Tassels

The Paper Tree Bookstore has caps, gowns, and other regalia available for purchase (see price list for 2022 items).

Commencement and Graduation items can be ordered using the Paper Tree Bookstore official site. Please note, some item inventory may be limited. Order your items today!

Please note the following:

  • Caps & gowns are sold as a package set.
  • Graduation announcements, thank you cards, diploma frames, and diploma covers are available for purchase.
  • Announcements are sold individually, thank you cards are 25 to a box. Name cards may also be ordered now.

Honor Cords and Stoles:

(Note: Students do not need a card or proof to purchase stolls or cords)

  • Special honor cords, if awarded, may be worn by students who have earned associate (Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors) or baccalaureate honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude). Awards are determined by grade point average:
    • Associate Degree Honors
      • Honors (Gold Cord): 3.50 - 3.69 GPA
      • High Honors (Double Gold Cord): 3.70 - 3.89 GPA
      • Highest Honors (Gold Stole): 3.90 or above GPA
    • Bachelor's Degree Honors
      • Cum Laude (Gold Cord): 3.50 - 3.69 GPA
      • Magna Cum Laude (Double Gold Cord): 3.70 - 3.89 GPA
      • Summa Cum Laude (Gold Stole): 3.90 or above GPA
Order Commencement Regalia

In Honor of Our Military Personnel

Green River College recognizes its 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.

If you are graduating and have served in the United States Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy), National Guard, and/or the Reserves and wish to be recognized, please contact Jackie Easley ( Those who notify Jackie will be added to the military service recognition list and will have a veteran’s symbol placed next to their name in the 2022 Commencement Program. Students participating in the commencement ceremony are able to pick up a red, white, and blue military service cord in the Office of the Registrar or at the commencement ceremony check-in tables. If you are unable to pick-up, and would like to receive your cord, please email Jackie Easley ( and one will be mailed to the address entered on your Intent to Graduate form.

Information Sessions

There will be no ceremony rehearsal at the accesso ShoWare Center. Instead, we will be hosting two graduation information sessions 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.

Dates and Times:

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 (Study Day)

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Lindbloom Student Union (SU), Grand Hall

Graduates who cannot attend an in-person Information Session are encouraged to watch our Information Session video instead.


Graduate portraits will be taken at the accesso ShoWare Center by Darel Roa Photography.

When you click on the link below, you will leave Green River College's website. The College does not manage or control web sites not owned by the College.

Graduate Transportation


A free shuttle is provided for students going to and from the commencement ceremony. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis. Shuttle will be leaving the bus circle next to the AD building at 10:15 a.m. for the first ceremony and 5:00 p.m. for the second ceremony. To sign up, come to the SU Information Desk on the first floor.

  • For more information about Commencement call 253-833-9111 ext. 4740
  • For more information about the shuttle call 253-931-6451


General Parking

accesso 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 for graduates 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.

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

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Green River College is striving to ensure the 2022 Commencement Ceremony is accessible for all participants.

If you are a graduate requesting an accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services at 253-931-6460 or by email at by Tuesday, June 1, 2022 to ensure availability of requested accommodations.