Commencement Ceremony 2017

graduates at commencement

We invite you to attend this year’s commencement ceremony at the Key Arena, Seattle, June 16, 2017

When and Where:

Key Arena in Seattle at 7 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017


  • Doors open at 5:45 p.m.. Don’t Be Late!
  • Processional line-up begins immediately after check-in
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Graduates stand for long stretches, walk on concrete and go up and down stairs.

Who May Participate?

All students who completed, or are scheduled to complete a degree or certificate between fall 2016 and summer 2017

Cap & Gown Required:

You must wear a Cap and Gown if you wish to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Graduates who will attend this year’s commencement ceremony may begin picking up caps and gowns from the BC Store (located on the 1st floor of the B building) beginning May 15, 2017.  The last day to pick up caps and gowns is Wednesday, June 14. 

Tickets & Graduation Announcements:

  • Tickets are not required. Bring as many guests as you wish!
  • Formal graduation announcements are available for purchase at the bookstore.


  • For disability-related accommodations, please contact Katelynn Creeley by June 2, 2017
  • 425-564-4159 (TTY 425-564-6189) or
  • American Sign Language Interpretation and Deaf priority seating is provided

Key Arena Information

Food & Drink:

  • Key Arena concessions are not open during commencement. Participants may bring light snacks and beverages, or fillable water containers.
  • No Alcohol
  • No Helium Balloons allowed inside the Key Arena

Directions & Parking:

  • There are other events scheduled in the area that same evening, including the Seattle School District graduation. Allow plenty of time for traffic and parking.


graduate wearing BC silver gown and cap

  • A professional photographer takes a photo of each graduate receiving a diploma scroll, which is available for purchase.
  • Guests are not permitted on the arena floor.
  • Tripods are not allowed in Key Arena.
  • A photo backdrop is available on the main concourse for personal photos of graduates and guests.

Live Streaming

The commencement ceremony will be live streamed by BC Digital Media Services.


Don’t miss out on this well-deserved celebration and recognition

You’ve Earned This!

Diplomasclipart of diploma scroll

Please note the following information regarding your diploma:

  • Your actual diploma is not given to you at the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Your diploma is mailed to you regardless of the quarter you complete your degree.
  • Fall and winter graduates should receive their diplomas prior to the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Spring and summer graduates are mailed their diplomas once the Credentials and Evaluations Office has confirmed completion of coursework and any other requirements needed to graduate.

Last Updated June 6, 2017