2020 Graduation Postponement

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the uncertainty of its timeline or lasting impact, the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) has made the tough decision to postpone our 2020 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony to June 18, 2021. Now is the appropriate time to make this decision before many of our graduates begin to make travel arrangements with family and friends.

Our graduation ceremony each year is attended by more than 400 guests and it is our top priority to ensure we can have a celebration that does not compromise those most vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19.

The current state restrictions prohibiting large gatherings—and the likelihood the restrictions will continue for some time—necessitated the postponement of the traditional June ceremony.

Our leadership team weighed many options including alternative dates in the fall and a virtual online graduation, however, we want to celebrate your achievements on becoming journeymen and journeywomen when it is safe to do so together. We wish each one of you and your family members’ safety and health during these times and look forward to seeing you at next year’s graduation.

We understand you may have additional questions or concerns about how this will impact you and your remaining time in the program (if you have not fully completed). If there is specific question you have, please reach out using the contact information below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Will This Impact the 2020 Apprentice Graduates?

All 2020 Apprentice Graduates will be invited to walk in our 2021 AJAC Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony on June 18, 2021 at The Museum of Fight in Seattle, Washington.

If I Already Registered, How Will This Work?

For the apprentices who already RSVP’d, you will not be asked to re-register for the 2021 ceremony.  If you plan on bringing more than one person next year you will be asked to re-purchase those tickets. AJAC will contact you in early 2021 about your intention to attend the next graduation ceremony.

What If I Paid for Additional Tickets or a Table?

All apprentices who purchased additional tickets or a table will receive a full refund.

What If I Have Not Yet Registered for the 2020 Graduation?

If you have not RSVP’d for the 2020 Apprenticeship Graduation, AJAC will reach back out to you in early 2021 to gauge your interest in attending the 2021 Graduation Ceremony. 

When Will I Receive My AJAC Certificate of Completion?

Apprentices who have completed their graduation requirements by June 19, 2020 will be mailed an AJAC certificate of completion along with their graduation swag. Apprentices who have not fulfilled their graduation requirements by June 19, 2020 will receive their AJAC certificate and swag upon completion of the program.

When Will I Receive My Journey-Level Card?

AJAC will continue to mail journey-level cards to apprentices as they arrive to us from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. You can learn more this procedure here.

Contact Information

Aaron Ferrell, AJAC’s Marketing Communications Manager is available if you have questions or concerns about graduation-related changes. You are welcome to reach Aaron via email.