Frequently Asked Questions
What are the basic requirements for earning a degree or certificate?
There are both college and specific program requirements you must meet to earn a degree or certificate. The website and the college catalog detail the requirements you must meet to graduate.
- Click HERE to access specific requirements for your program.
- Basic college graduation requirements.
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 in all coursework taken at Bellevue College.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA in all courses applied to the degree/certificate, including credits transferred from other colleges.
- Complete the minimum required residence credits at Bellevue College: one-third of the credits needed for an associate degree or certificate, or 45 credits needed for a bachelor’s degree. There are both college and specific program requirements you must meet to earn a degree or certificate. The website and the college catalog detail the requirements you must meet to graduate.
Are there exceptions to the degree requirements?
Under rare circumstances the college may waive or modify a degree requirement for students with unusual or exceptional circumstances. Click HERE for more detailed information. Use this link to access the Petition form for Exceptions (in PDF format).
I started working on my degree many years ago and the graduation requirements have changed. Which requirements should I follow?
You may choose to graduate using the requirements that were in effect at the time you began taking classes at Bellevue College, or you may use the requirements that are in place at the time you apply to graduate. The following restrictions apply:
- Not more than five years have elapsed since you began your studies, and
- You have been continuously enrolled (did not have a break in enrollment) at the college.
- If you plan to transfer to another college or university, you may wish to check the admission requirements of the school you plan to attend. Choosing to follow the most current degree requirements may help ensure that you meet current admission and transfer standards.
What should I do if I’ve taken classes at another school?
Credits earned at another school may apply to your degree or certificate program here at Bellevue College. Additionally, credits from another school might also meet the prerequisite requirements of courses you need to graduate. For these reasons, you should consider submitting an official transcript from other schools you attended, and request to have your credits evaluated. It is best to do this at the time you begin taking classes at Bellevue College, rather than wait until you are close to graduation. Credit Evaluations can take up to three weeks. Click HERE for detailed information.
To apply credits from another college or university toward BC degree or certificate requirements, official transcripts (in their original, sealed envelopes) must be submitted to the Evaluations Office along with the graduation application. Please request to send the transcripts to the address below:
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6406
How can I find out if I’m close to graduation?
Use this link to access the Degree Audit online tool. Degree Audit allows you to see how your classes apply to your degree requirements, and how many classes you have left to take. Students should use this tool with caution, as it provides an unofficial review. We also encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to go over your Degree Audit results and to plan for the classes you have left to take. Degree Audit is a secure system, which you access using your Student ID and PIN.
Is there a fee for graduation?
Yes, there is a $21.50 non-refundable application fee. If you do not meet the graduation requirements in the quarter you expect to graduate, you can ask to move your application to the next quarter. You must complete the online Student Inquiry Form to request this action.
How do I change my graduation application once I’ve submitted it?
You may go online and submit a Student Inquiry Form, or go to the Enrollment Services on the 1st floor of Building B and submit your change in person.
Can I graduate with an Honors designation?
The college does have an option for students to graduate with honors. An Honors designation is indicated on your official transcript, in the Commencement program, on your Diploma, and by the display of Honor’s cords in the Commencement Ceremony. Please note the following:
- The Honors designation is available for all students completing a degree or certificate that is at least 45 credits in length.
- Courses transferred to Bellevue College form other schools you have attended are not included in the GPA for an Honors Designation.
- Designation for Associate Degrees and Certificates of Achievement
- Distinction: Cumulative GPA between 3.50 and 3.74
- High Distinction: Cumulative GPA between 3.75 and 4.00
- Designation for Bachelor Degrees
- Cum laude: Cumulative GPA between 3.60 and 3.79
- Magna cum laude: Cumulative GPA between 3.80 and 3.99
- Summa cum laude: Cumulative GPA is 4.00
Who can participate in the Commencement Ceremony?
All students earning a Bachelor’s Degree, Associate Degree, Certificate of Achievement and Certificate of Accomplishment are invited to attend.
When is the Commencement Ceremony held?
The Commencement Ceremony is held once each year in June.
June 17, 2016 at the Key Arena in Seattle
I lost my diploma. Can I get a replacement?
- Submit a Diploma Replacement Request Form (PDF format) to the Evaluations Office. A processing fee is required for each replacement.
- Submit a Short Term Certificate Replacement Request Form(PDF format) to the Evaluations Office. A processing fee is required for each replacement.
How do I contact the Evaluations Office?
- The Evaluations Office is located in Room B125.
- Call 425-564-2222
- Email inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
For specific questions about transfer degrees, please e-mail the appropriate evaluator according to your last name or the program applied:
Transfer degrees: for last name begins with A-G, contact Pam Fowler
Transfer degrees: for last name begins with H-N, contact Erik Anderson
Transfer degrees: for last name begins with O-Z, contact Rosalie Hancock
For professional/technical programs, contact Angela Leung
Office Hours (except summer)
8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Fridays.
are available from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call to make an appointment in advance.