What is the difference between Graduation and the Graduation Ceremony? 

Graduation means that you have met all the requirements within a specific program of study. A graduate will have the credential reflected on the transcript and can request to receive a diploma.

Commencement or the Graduation Ceremony is the event to celebrate your accomplishment.

Celebrating your accomplishment by participating in the commencement is personal preference.

You do, however, want to be considered a graduate when you have completed your degree or certificate requirements. Submitting the application for graduation is an important step to ensure you are considered a graduate. If the transcript does not reflect the earned degree or certificate, you can’t prove to a potential employer that you have met certain employment requirements based on education.

Important Dates:

March 1, 2024 – Priority deadline to submit Summer 2024 intent to graduate (completing degree or certificate requirements in August 2024.)

March 1, 2024 – Deadline to purchase cap and gown for May 2024 ceremony. Purchase here.

April 1, 2024 – Diploma payment deadline for Spring intent to graduate students.

May 8, 2024 – Graduation Commencement Exercises – Wallace and Sparks Campuses. Honoring Graduates from Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024.

Select Your Graduation Option

  • The transcript is updated to reflect the earned degree or certificate.
  • Payment of $21.50 is required for a diploma.
  • Payment for a cap and gown is required. Purchase here. There are no refunds for the cap and gown if you are unable to graduate or attend the ceremony.
  • The diploma(s) should arrive in the mail approximately six to eight weeks after the end of the term.
  • If your contact information changes prior to the ceremony, email graduation@zyfashion.net .
  • Ceremony information typically goes out via regular mail, email, and text in March.

Apply Now:

  1. Complete the online graduation survey by clicking here.
  2. Save a copy of your degree plan to upload with your application.
    • Log into your myWCC . Click on the Student Tab, Student Landing Page, and Degree Works. Look over your degree plan to verify everything looks accurate. If you have a question about a requirement on your degree plan, contact your advisor. If something looks inaccurate, contact the Admissions Office.
    • If you are applying for the degree or certificate that is listed as your major, click on Save as PDF at the top. If you are applying for a degree or certificate that is not listed as your major, use the What If function on the left of the page. Select the program of study for which you are applying. Verify the accuracy of the program you have selected and click Save as PDF. Save the file in an easily accessible location.
  3. Save a copy of your diploma payment receipt to upload with your intent to graduate form.
    • Do not make a diploma payment if you are not applying for graduation.
    • Instructions on how to purchase diplomas can be found below.
    • If you have previously made payment for a diploma, but were deemed ineligible for graduation, your diploma payment will be applied to your next graduation application.
  4. Click here to submit the intent to graduate form.
  5. A confirmation of final requirements for completing your degree or certificate will be sent to your student email. This process can take up to three weeks after submitting your application. All students must complete at least 25% of the degree or certificate’s required semester credit hours at Wallace Community College. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is also required for graduation. It is recommended that you meet with an advisor or counselor prior to your final semester to discuss your degree plan.

 

Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Society Members:

Please check with your coordinator to find out information regarding ordering special tassels, etc. for graduation.

 

  • The transcript is updated to reflect the earned degree or certificate.
  • Payment of $21.50 is required.
  • You will receive a diploma approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the end of the semester.
  • The diploma will be mailed to the address on file with the College.

Apply Now:

  1. Complete the online graduation survey by clicking here.
  2. Save a copy of your degree plan to upload with your application.
    • Log into your myWCC . Click on the Student Tab, Student Landing Page, and Degree Works. Look over your degree plan to verify everything looks accurate. If you have a question about a requirement on your degree plan, contact your advisor. If something looks inaccurate, contact the Admissions Office.
    • If you are applying for the degree or certificate that is listed as your major, click on Save as PDF at the top. If you are applying for a degree or certificate that is not listed as your major, use the What If function on the left of the page. Select the program of study for which you are applying. Verify the accuracy of the program you have selected and click “Save as PDF.” Save the file in an easily accessible location.
  3. Save a copy of your diploma payment receipt to upload with your intent to graduate form.
    • Do not make a diploma payment if you are not applying for graduation.
    • Instructions on how to purchase diplomas can be found below.
    • If you have previously made payment for a diploma, but were deemed ineligible for graduation, your diploma payment will be applied to your next graduation application.
  4. Click here to submit the intent to graduate form.
  5. A confirmation of final requirements for completing your degree or certificate will be sent to your student email. This process can take up to three weeks after submitting your application. All students must complete at least 25% of the degree or certificate’s required semester credit hours at Wallace Community College. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is also required for graduation. It is recommended that you meet with an advisor or counselor prior to your final semester to discuss your degree plan.

NOTE: Please consult with family and/or friends before deciding whether or not to participate in the graduation ceremony. Often family members want to share this milestone. If you do not order graduation regalia, diploma, and cover by the deadline, you will not be able to participate. The graduation ceremony is not the same as the capping and pinning ceremony held by some programs.

 

  • The transcript is updated to reflect the earned degree or certificate.
  • The transcript is considered the official document for degree or certificate completion. If you need to request a transcript for employment or transfer purposes, click here.

Apply Now:

  1. Complete the online graduation survey by clicking here.
  2. Save a copy of your degree plan to upload with your application.
    • Log into your myWCC . Click on the Student Tab, Student Landing Page, and Degree Works. Look over your degree plan to verify everything looks accurate. If you have a question about a requirement on your degree plan, contact your advisor. If something looks inaccurate, contact the Admissions Office.
    • If you are applying for the degree or certificate that is listed as your major, click on Save as PDF at the top. If you are applying for a degree or certificate that is not listed as your major, use the What If function on the left of the page. Select the program of study for which you are applying. Verify the accuracy of the program you have selected and click “Save as PDF.” Save the file in an easily accessible location.
  3. Click here to submit the intent to graduate form.
  4. A confirmation of final requirements for completing your degree or certificate will be sent to your student email. This process can take up to three weeks after submitting your application. All students must complete at least 25% of the degree or certificate’s required semester credit hours at Wallace Community College. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is also required for graduation. It is recommended that you meet with an advisor or counselor prior to your final semester to discuss your degree plan.

NOTE: Please consult with family and/or friends before deciding whether or not to participate in the graduation ceremony. Often family members want to share this milestone. If you do not order graduation regalia, diploma, and cover by the deadline, you will not be able to participate. The graduation ceremony is not the same as the capping and pinning ceremony held by some programs.

 

Payment for the diploma should be made online through your myWCC account. Refer to the Important Dates section for payment deadline dates appropriate to your semester of completion. There are no refunds for diploma payments. If you have previously made payment for a diploma, but were deemed ineligible for graduation, your diploma payment will be applied to your next graduation application. Do not make a diploma payment if you are not applying for graduation.

  • Sign into your myWCC Account
  • Use your myWCC email address and password.
  • Click on the Student tab, Student Landing Page.
  • Click “Make a Payment, Deposit, and Payment Plan.”
  • Click “Make Payment” in the Student Account Box.
  • Under “Additional Items Only” choose the fee for your campus location.
  • Choose to purchase Diploma fee by clicking on the “+” button. Once you have chosen your Diploma fee, click “Continue.”
  • Select your method of payment, and click “Continue.”
  • After entering your payment information, click “Continue.”
  • Enter the remaining requested information.
  • Click “Continue” on the right hand side when complete.
  • On the next screen, you will be asked to verify the information, which will include the following:
    • The type of item for which you are paying.
    • Your payment method.
    • The confirmation email to which a receipt must be emailed.
    • After clicking submit, a receipt will appear on the student screen.
    • Save a copy of your receipt, preferably as a PDF file, and attach it to your graduation application at the time of your submission.  If your purchase is completed after your graduation application has already been submitted for your anticipated graduation term, then email a copy of your receipt directly to graduation@zyfashion.net .
    • If your transaction takes place after your completion/final term has ended and your degree has already been posted on your transcript, then submit your proof of payment directly to graduation@zyfashion.net and type “Late Payment” in the subject line of your email message to avoid delays.

Cap and gown orders should only be made after submitting the Application for Graduation.

Cap and Gown Ordering Process:

  • Cap and Gowns are $39.00 before tax.
  • Purchase your cap and gown online here.
  • Caps and Gowns are non-refundable.
  • Caps and Gowns will be delivered approximately mid-April.  Once they are received, you will receive instructions on how, when, and where to pick them up.  Pick-up instructions will be sent to your student and personal email addresses and you are responsible for checking for current updates. Please make sure that you keep a valid personal email address on file with the College.

To place your online order click here.

  • Click on Graduation Supplies
  • Type in Wallace Community College in the select your school box
  • Select Wallace Community College
  • Follow the on-screen instructions for the Student Cap and Gown Unit.

Wallace Community College has partnered with Parchment, Inc. to offer replacement diploma services for a cost of $21.50 per diploma.  Former graduates (or students who have not been enrolled for 12 or more months) can request a duplicate copy of their certificate or degree by creating an account in Parchment. The diploma will be mailed to the address listed on the account within 14 business days, a free secured digital copy will be sent to you at no charge immediately from Parchment.

Steps for ordering a replacement diploma:

  1. Click here and follow the instructions provided on the Parchment website
  2. Check your email and text messages for important pertinent notifications
  3. Follow the link to set up your Parchment credential account
  4. If desired, you may share your digital diploma on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. via a verified link, or download a secure pdf version.

Your digital diploma or certificate will always be accessible online through your Parchment account.  You may login to your account and download or share your diploma or certificate as needed.

If you have additional questions, you may contact the Enrollment Services Office at (334) 556-2468.