Commencement & Diplomas

Commencement is held once a year in June, usually on the last day of spring quarter. Students who have submitted an application for a degree or certificate of achievement are invited to participate.

When and Where

The information for the Commencement 2015 is not available at this time. Please visit this site in April 2015.

Who May Participate

All students who graduate during Fall 2014 or Winter 2015 and those who apply for graduation for Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 will be invited to attend the ceremony. The invitation letter will be mailed out in early May. The letter will contain detailed information for both graduates and their guests. The actual awarding of the degree occurs only when the candidate completes all requirements and then receives official notification from the college.  This invitation to Commencement is therefore not verification of the actual awarding of your degree or certificate.


Tickets are not required. You may bring as many guests as you wish!


Diplomas are not conferred at the commencement ceremony. They are mailed to you at the address listed in the college Student Records approximately twelve weeks following the end of the quarter in which you earned your degree/certificate. Diplomas will list your name, degree or certificate, and any applicable honors recognition.

Diploma Name

Diplomas are issued with your name as it appears on Bellevue College’s Student Records and official transcript. It must include your legal first and last name. To indicate hyphens, spaces, lower/upper case letters, accents, or other special characters on your diploma, print it clearly on the degree or certificate application.

To change your name on Students Records, you should contact the Student Services Center. Government-issued photo id is required along with the appropriate legal documentation, which may include:

  • marriage license/certificate
  • court order
  • divorce decree
  • passport or permanent visa

Additional or replacement diplomas may be issued upon your request. A fee is required for a diploma replacement. Contact Evaluations/Graduation Office for instructions and request form.