2017 Commencement Ceremony

June 16, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036

The commencement ceremony is an ongoing tradition to celebrate your academic successes and accomplishments. Administrators, faculty, and staff all work hard to ensure this event is a memorable, special occasion for all graduates. Please use the tabs below to learn about the ceremony.

If you have questions about how to participate in the ceremony please email the Director of Student Programs to learn more. 

We hope you will have a memorable experience at your commencement ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement Registration

Commencement Registration Deadlines

  • For your name to be included in the printed program: May 10, 2017
  • To have a seat secured at the ceremony: June 14, 2017

Please contact Student Programs via email: vikki.korsunskaya@lwtech.edu
Important Dates

The timeline helps you plan your participation in the ceremony. Please be aware of the following dates.


  • Ceremony registration open and available online.
  • Students are notified of their ability to attend the ceremony.


  • Announcements available in the Bookstore
    Caps and gowns available for pickup in the Bookstore.

June 5, 2017

  • Students are eligible to pick up honor cords from Student Programs, East Building, E128. Please bring your college issued identification card.

June 14, 2017

  • Commencement Registration form due.

June 16, 2017

  • Commencement Ceremony at the Lynnwood Convention Center at 2 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements

Commencement Eligibility Requirements

  • The ceremony is open to students receiving the following: bachelor's degree, associate degrees, certificate of completion or proficiency, as well as those completing GED® and adult high school diploma requirements, from summer quarter a year prior to the commencement date through summer quarter of the commencement year.
  • Students completing any degree or certificate during the fall quarter after the ceremony may participate in that year's ceremony.
  • To attend the 2017 Commencement ceremony, students must have completed a degree or certificate in Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017.
  • If a student is completing a degree in Fall Quarter 2017, they are not eligible to participate, instead will be eligible to participate in the 2017 Commencement ceremony.
Register For The Ceremony

All graduates attending the ceremony in cap and gown must register. This ensures you have a seat to sit in. Registration will be available beginning April 3, 2017.

Commencement Location

Lynnwood Convention Center

3711 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Commencement is held in the Lynnwood Convention Center. With free and convenient parking, local restaurants, and service to and from the regional freeways, it is an ideal location.

How to Buy a Cap & Gown

Student regalia is a tradition for all commencement ceremonies and shows you have completed a great educational milestone. All graduates intending to be in the ceremony must wear a cap, gown, and tassel. Students may attend the ceremony as an audience member.

  • The regalia package is for sale in the college bookstore beginning late April or early May.
  • The package price is determined every year and ranges from $25.00 to $35.00.
  • The package includes a cap, gown, and tassel.
  • The size of the gown is determined by height and weight. Generally speaking the bookstore orders enough stock for a wide choice of sizes. If you need an accommodated size, please contact the bookstore and ask them to order early. You may also work with Student Programs for further assistance.
  • Regalia packages are yours to keep. If you would like to donate your cap and gown to Student Programs we will accept it and help another student defray the package cost.

Bachelor Students

  • Students receiving a bachelors degree will wear black gowns.

Associate and Certificate Students

  • Students receiving an associates degree or a certificate will wear blue gowns.
How to Receive Academic Honors

Academic honors are a symbol of academic achievement at LWTech. An honor cord is a token consisting of twisted cords with tassels on either end, awarded to our students meeting the following LWTech established eligibility requirements:

  • 4.0 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor, gold and silver cords)
  • 3.7 - 3.99 Magna Cum Laude (with great honor, gold cord)
  • 3.5 - 3.69 Cum Laude (with praise, silver cord)

How to Receive Your Cord

  • Honor cords are free to all eligible students. To pick up your cord, visit Student Programs in East Building, E128 and bring photo ID, after June 1, 2017. Cords will only be physically handed to the student eligible to receive the honor.
  • If you qualify for an honor cord after Spring quarter grades are posted, you are eligible to pick up a cord at that time, but not before.
  • If you are not able to visit Student Programs, we will accommodate schedules by staying open later, scheduling an appointment or having cords available at the ceremony.

How Honors are Calculated

  • Honors are established by the calculation of all college level classes (100 or above), from the beginning of the LWTech transcript through the winter quarter of 2017. 
  • Exceptions to this can be made if all spring quarter grades are posted to your transcript.
  • Enrollment Services manages all transcript information and all bestowed academic honors are based on information provided from that transcript.
  • For programs that begin at one college and end at LWTech, honors will only be bestowed based on the LWTech transcript, not another college.
Announcements, Invitations and Program Information


  • Commencement announcements are available for purchase through the college bookstore, beginning in early May.
  • There are no limits on the amount of announcements each graduate may purchase, so please purchase them as early as possible.


  • Invitations are available from the college bookstore, beginning in early May. Invitations include the college's seal and ceremony information. 


  • Programs outlining the order of events and almost all graduates names will be made available to all students and guests on the day of the cermeony.
  • There are a limited number available and not kept from year to year.
  • Please keep your commemorative copy provided on the day of the ceremony.
Guest Travel Information

Travel Visa Letters for International Student's Family Members

When international students plan to attend their commencement ceremony, they may ask for a verification letter for their family and friends to apply for travel visas. Letters for visa applications are available from the Director of Student Programs. Please email the Director with the following information.

  • Your name
  • Full name and correct spelling of visitors
  • Country leaving from

Please allow several weeks lead time for the preparation and sending of letters. For questions, please contact Vikki Korsunskaya in Student Programs. If you are unable to attend during business hours please contact us to make an after hours appointment.

Accommodation Request Information

Student Accommodation

LWTech is dedicated to providing accommodation so students may fully participate in its activities; including commencement. If you need accommodation in order to attend the ceremony, please contact Student Programs by calling (425) 739-8314 or emailing our staff. For hearing impaired students and guests, interpreters will be at the ceremony. If you are a hearing impaired student, please contact Student Programs so we may seat you accordingly.

You may also request accommodation for friends and family attending the ceremony. Seats will be reserved for your party. Student Programs will work with you to make the best seating arrangements to fit the needs of the party.

Guest Accommodation

If you are a guest attending the ceremony and need accommodation please contact our office via email. Please include the 

When to Arrive

Arrival Time and Schedule

  • All graduates are required to check-in at the student room between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.. You will be directed to the room when you arrive.
  • You will be required to sign in and ensure all paperwork is completed, before line up begins.
  • You will be offered an opportunity to use the on-site photographer to sit for additional photos.
  • Line up for the ceremony will begin at 1:15 p.m.. You will be directed to line up by staff.
  • At 1:50 p.m., the student line will be closed. Please make arrangements for the care of your children, as they are not allowed in the dressing area. Note: Do not leave any valuables in these rooms during the ceremony.
Past Speakers
LWTech is proud to host inspiring and motivating speakers for our annual ceremony. Lake Washington seeks speakers who fit our workforce development mission, prepared to acknowledge hard work done by our exceptional students. Please keep posted on our announcements of speakers.
  Guest Speaker Faculty Speaker Student Speaker
2016 Robert Malte, Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen Hospital Heath Davis, M.L.I.S, M.A. - Library Ambera Dedic - Nursing
2015 Representative Suzan DelBene, M.S. James Howe - Computer Security Network Technology Robert Lewis - Funeral Services Education
2014 Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, President LWTech Hector Valenzuela, M.A. - Mathematics Richard Savedo - Multimedia Design / ASG President
2013 Dale Peinecke, Commissioner of Employment Security Department Robby Gilbert, M.Ed. - Multimedia Design Shalliah Swinney - High School Academy / Pre-Nursing / ASG President
2012 Michael D. Greenwood, Boeing Company Kenneth Brown - Engineering Graphics  Peter Huff - Multimedia Design / ASG President

Dr. David Woodall, President of Lake Washinton Technical College

Dr. Sharon McGavick, President, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Emeritus

Dr. Grace Lasker, Science Bronson Carter - Multimedia Design / ASG President, 
2010 Senator Paull Shin Phil Snider, English Aaron Swanson - Diesel Mechanics / ASG President, 
2009 Senator Rosemary McAuliffe Joe Gryniuk, Electronics Seth Brown - Welding / Student Senator, ASG
2008 Dr. Sharon McGavick, Lake Washington Technical College Michael Hayes Susan Dailey - Social and Human Services / ASG Records Officer
2007 Senator Rosemary McAuliffe Ben Taves, Welding Travis Wright - ASG President
2006 Senator Dave Schmidt Heidi Shepherd, Social and Human Services Jennifer Abbarno - ASG VP
2005 Representative Toby Nixon Jo Nelson, Science Marcia Villasenor - ASG VP
2004 Dr. Michael Metke, President Lake Washington Technical College Paul Axtell, Automotive John Dalzell - ASG President
2003 Dr. Michael Metke, President Lake Washington Technical College Robert A. Monroig, Marine, Motorcycle, Power Equipment Dave Gallagher - ASG President
2002 Ron Sims, King County Executive Pat McPherson, Early Learning Valesa Manawa, ASG President
2001 Senator Maria Cantwell Rebecca Jaffe Joselito Lopez - ASG President
2000 Roger Olgesby, Editor & Publisher of the Seattle Post Intelligencer Sandra Campbell Glenn Stuttgen - ASG President
1999 Representative Laura Ruderman Patricia McPherson, Early Learning Robert L. Pinski - ASG President
1998 Santos E. Contreras, the Boeing Company Gene Fosheim Patrick Casey - ASG President
1997 Stanley McNaughton, Chief Executive Officer PEMCO Insurance Gene Fosheim Crystal Devine - ASG President
Commencement Photography

Photography is being provided by Darel Roa Photography. Students will have various photo options they will need to choose. To schedule a cap and gown portrait, please contact the studio. The portrait sitting feature will be available at Commencement. Other than the graduate portrait sitting, there are no designated photo locations for guests.

Things To Know

  • We all want the best photo of our graduate. however, we are required to keep the auditorium safe for all guests.All guests blocking isles when taking photos will be asked to move.  Graduates are not lined in alphabetical order so guests determine when a photo is to be taken. Guest lingering in a spot for a long time will be asked to return to move or return to their seat.
  • Photographs will be taken of each participant at the ceremony and will be available for purchase from Darel Roa Photography. Proofs will be sent after the ceremony with instructions for ordering. For questions, please call (888) 848-6463 or (253) 848-6463.
Other Things To Know

The ceremony is your celebration of academic success. As a college there are some things we need you and your guests to know so we have a safe and efficient event. Please use information below to assist in your planning efforts.

Accommodation Seating

  • LWTech reserves accommodation seating for our guests. That will include listing the kind of accommodation needed and the number of seats requested. Accommodation seating will either be along the sides of the seating sections or the front row of guest seating; depending upon the needs of the guest and the seating set up.
  • Please register any guests needing accommodation with Student Programs before June 14, 2017. If guests are not registered accommodation will be made at the center but preferential seating may or may not be available.

Arrival Time

  • All graduates are required to check-in at the student room, on the first floor of the Lynnwood Convention Center between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m..
  • Graduates will be required to sign in and ensure all paperwork is completed, before line up begins. Graduates will be lined up at 1:15 p.m.. At 1:50 p.m., the students line up will be closed.
  • Please make arrangements for the care of your children, as they are not allowed in the dressing area.
  • Do not bring any valuables with you to the ceremony.

Alcohol Use

  • No drugs or alcohol are allowed at this event. As with all college functions, the college's student conduct code will apply.


  • Unfortunately, no childcare is provided during the event. Please make arrangements for the care of your children, as they are not allowed in the dressing area.
  • Additionally, strollers will not be allowed in the main hall. While convenient, they have are hazardous in the crowded hall.


  • An elevator is available to travel between the first and second floors.

Guest Limit

  • Tickets are not required for the event. However, to accommodate the number of guests it is asked that graduates consider limiting the number of guests to between 4 and 6 family and friends.


  • Sign language interpreters are scheduled to interpret through

Limited Seating

  • Guests arriving between 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. will not be allowed to walk on the concourse or allowed in the hall.
  • During this time, the processional of graduates will be placed and all non-graduates will be stopped. Parking will be limited.
  • Overflow parking is available across from the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Lost and Found

  • Contact Campus Public Safety. We ask that no valuables be left in dressing rooms during the ceremony as we cannot guarantee the safety of personal property.
  • If something is lost, it will be returned to the school and turned into lost and found in the Campus Public Safety office, East Building, E145.

Media Streaming

  • The ceremony is televised on screens in the main hall, and in the overflow room.
  • The ceremony audio is also piped into the building on both floors.

 Overflow Seating

  • Due to the capacity of the hall, an overflow room is scheduled so you may watch your graduate.
  • Please use this resource if the main hall is filled. 


  • A reception on the first floor of the Center follows the ceremony. All guests are welcome and we hope you enjoy a treat from our Bakery program. A variety of cookies are available for free, including gluten free options. Cookies are available only after the ceremony.


  • Restrooms are located on both floors of the venue and accessible.


  • Seating is available starting at approximately 12 p.m.. Seats are not reserved and cannot be reserved. 
  • Seating capacity is determined by safety regulations and by the number of graduates and faculty attending the ceremony. On average, there are approximately 850 seats for guests.


  • Due to space restrictions and safety issues, strollers are not allowed in the main hall.
  • Please make other arrangements for strollers.
  • Strollers are allowed on the concourse and overflow room.