Commencement Ceremony – June 23, 2024

This year's ceremony takes place at T-Mobile Park! Attend in person or watch live online.

BC student smiling at T-Mobile park

Congratulations, Graduates!

The Bellevue College commencement ceremony brings our community together to honor and celebrate your success.

More information will be added here as we get closer to June 23. Please check back for updates!

When and Where

  • Date: 6/23/2024
  • Time: 3 p.m.
    • Graduates must arrive at 1:30 p.m. and check in
    • Graduate check in ends at 2:30 p.m.
  • Place: T-Mobile Park
  • Online: Guests can attend in person, or watch the ceremony live online. A link to the video will be added here on June 23.

Who can attend?

Students can attend the ceremony if:

  • You graduated in Fall 2023 or Winter 2024, or
  • You applied to graduate in Spring 2024 or Summer 2024

All students must submit both the graduation application and Commencement Sign-Up forms.

Guests do not need tickets. There is no limit on guests. Bring the whole family!

How to Sign Up

Students must sign up. There are two forms you have to submit!

  1. Submit your Graduation Application
    • Priority deadline is May 22 to get your name printed in the paper program
    • Final deadline is June 13
  2. Submit the Commencement Sign Up form by June 13
  3. Buy your Cap & Gown
    • Ordering information will be added here soon.

Cap & Gown

Students must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony.

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase starting the week of April 22 online and in the BC Bookstore. The ordering link will be added here when it is active.

We have a limited number of caps and gowns available to borrow for free. Priority is given to students with a demonstrated financial need. Please submit the request to borrow a cap and gown form early if you are interested.

Honors Cords and Other Regalia

All students wear a cap and gown. Students with a high GPA also get honors cords to wear around the neck. There are other optional cords and stoles for student affinity groups and clubs. Caps, gowns, and honors cords are the only standard items. Any other items to wear are given out directly by the student group or club.

Honors cords are given when you check in at T-Mobile Park. You do not order them online.

What is the GPA for Honors Cords?

The GPA for honors cords is your Cumulative GPA. This includes every class you took at Bellevue College. It does not include transfer classes.

If you graduated in Fall 2023 or Winter 2024, we look at your GPA when you graduated. If you will graduate in Spring 2024 or Summer 2024, we look at your current GPA. This includes your Winter 2024 grades, but does not include your Spring 2024 grades because they are not final yet.

Your degree must be 45 credits or more to get honors cords.

GPA for Honors Cords:

  • Associate and Certificates over 45 credits: 3.5 or higher
  • Bachelor: 3.6 or higher

Additional Information

  • Place: T-Mobile Park is a baseball stadium in Seattle and is home to the Mariners baseball team.
    • You can park your car at the stadium. You can also take a bus or train.
    • The stadium is outside with good ventilation. There is a roof in case of bad weather.
  • Tickets: Tickets are not required for guests. There is unlimited seating. Bring as many guests as you like!
  • Purses and Bags: Regular purses and bags are not allowed in the stadium. Instead, you can bring:
    • Clear plastic bags 12″ x 6″ x 12″ or smaller.
    • A one-gallon zip-top bag.
    • A diaper bag with one compartment if you bring a child.
  • Security: All graduates and guests go through T-Mobile Park’s security screening.
    • Balloons are not allowed in the stadium.
  • Photos: A professional photo is taken of each graduate on the stage.
  • Diplomas: We do not give diplomas to the graduates at the ceremony.
    • We mail diplomas to graduates after we verify your final grades.
    • It can take up to 12 weeks to get your diploma in the mail. Digital diplomas may take up to four weeks.
  • General Questions: If you have general questions about Commencement, you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Alicia Keating Polson:
    • presidentoffice@bellevuecollege.edu

Accommodations

If you need an accommodation to participate or attend the ceremony, please contact Alicia Keating Polson at:

  • presidentoffice@bellevuecollege.edu

Need help or have a question?

You can submit a ticket online, or take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Past Ceremonies

Watch the ceremony on YouTube. It was livestreamed on June 24th.

View the program [PDF] for the ceremony schedule and graduate names.

The college held two ceremonies in 2020 based on degree type. You can watch a full recording of both ceremonies online.

View this guide to find out which ceremony you should watch [PDF]

View or Download the Program Here [PDF] – includes the names of all graduates and the order of events

Blue Ceremony 2020 Video

Silver Ceremony 2020 Video

The college held two ceremonies in 2019 based on degree type. You can watch a full recording of both ceremonies online.

Blue Ceremony 2019 Video

Silver Ceremony 2019 Video