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Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations on your accomplishment! 

Commencement for Academic Year 2022 was held on May 14, 2022, in the Gene Bahnsen Gymnasium on the Wharton campus.
Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Recipients – 10:00 am
Associate of Applied Science Recipients – 2:00 pm

Please join us for next year's ceremonies, to be held May 13, 2023.


Additional Commencement Information

Commencement Rehearsal 

Rehearsal for Commencement will no longer be required.

Commencement Regalia (Cap and Gown)

If you are participating in the ceremony, you must order your cap, gown, and tassel through the WCJC Bookstore.  

You may pick up your regalia at either the Wharton or Richmond bookstore prior to May 10.  The cost for regalia is $39.99 plus tax.


You may order customized graduation announcements through Herff Jones.

Guests and Seating at Commencement

Doors will open at 8:30 am for the 10:00 am ceremony and at 12:30 pm for the 2:00 pm ceremony. Reserved seating is prohibited. Please urge your family and friends arrive early in order to have a seat.

In addition to seating in the gym, Commencement will be live-streamed to the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Wharton Campus.  Additional overflow seating will be available in the auditorium as needed.

Commencement Etiquette

Commencement is a time for celebration and recognition of your academic success, and the faculty and staff of Wharton County Junior College congratulate you!  We ask that you remember this long and respected tradition and approach the ceremony with the proper decorum and respect. 


Men wear white or light-colored shirts, dark pants, and solid-colored dark shoes. Women wear light-weight dress or shirt with dark pants, and dark-colored low-heeled shoes.  Do not wear flowers or any kind or conspicuous costume jewelry. Candidates wear tassels to the right.  After President McCrohan confers the degrees, change it to the left.   

1)  Processional     
2)  Special music 
3)  Presentation of Awards
4)  Awarding of Degrees
5)  Recessional                              


When marching, try to stay about 4 feet from the person in front of you.  In processional and recessional, try to stay even with a person opposite you.  Walk at a moderate pace.  Do not crowd before going on stage.  Refrain from talking.  Voices will carry.  At the end of the exercises, please remain standing for faculty march.  Rows 1 and 2 will fall in directly behind faculty for recessional. 


1) After marching in, please remain standing until the signal is given to sit. Then all will be seated. 

2) Remain seated until asked to rise by VP Collins.  After President McCrohan confers degrees and students are ready to march to the stage, all rows will be seated except the first row.  This row will begin to march toward the stage from the right side.  Each row will rise and march from the right side when the 22nd person on the preceding row has received his/her diploma.  When this person’s name is called, this is the cue for the leader of the row to rise.  Others on the row will follow.  Each student will remain at the top of the steps until his/her name is called.  He/She will then walk across the stage, receive his/her diploma in the left hand, and shake hands with the Board Chair with the right hand.  Each student will return to his/her assigned place and be seated. 

3) Rise for the recessional. Graduates remain standing while faculty march out.  Graduates will follow the faculty out of the gymnasium.

Commencement FAQs

How many commencements does WCJC host each year? 
WCJC holds one commencement in the Spring of a given academic year.  All graduates from the preceding Summer, Fall, and current Spring terms will be recognized during that event. 

There are two ceremonies held during commencement: a ceremony that begins at 10:00 am for all Associate of Arts graduates and a ceremony that begins at 2:00 pm for all Associate of Applied Science graduates.

How many guests can I invite?  Are tickets issued? 
We do not issue tickets or reserve seats. You may invite as many guests as you would like. However, there is limited seating.

My guest or I need accommodations for the ceremony. If you or your guest need assistance with seating requirements, please indicate the request on your application for graduation. You may also contact Emily Voulgaris at (979) 532-6537.

Where should I park? Parking map

What should I wear to the ceremony? 
The ceremony is a distinguished event.  Please dress tastefully.  Keep in mind – the robe is knee- to shin length. Slacks or knee-length skirts are appropriate. You may be standing for an hour or longer, please wear comfortable shoes.

How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony typically lasts 1.5 hours.

Can my guests take pictures at commencement?
Yes, they are able to take pictures from the guest seating area only and the aisles must remain clear at all times.

When will I receive my diploma?
You will receive your diploma 2-3 weeks after the commencement ceremony. Your diploma will be mailed to the address listed on your application for graduation. 

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