Apply for Graduation

Please be aware that you need to apply for graduation by filling out and submitting a form online. You will not graduate automatically when all your courses are complete.

Before You Apply

How to Apply for Graduation

  1. Submit the graduation application.
  2. We will add the application fee to your account. This may take a few days.
  3. Pay the application fee online or in person at Student Financial Services.
  4. Watch your BC Student Email Account. You will get an email when your graduation review is complete. Note: Your student email account is not your Canvas inbox.

Change my application. Please select “I already applied. I need to change my application.”

Cancel my application. Warning: if you just need to change your degree or graduation quarter, please submit another application and select, “I already applied. I need to change my application.”

Application Deadlines

Planning to attend the commencement ceremony? Due to printing deadlines, your name may not be printed in the commencement program if you applied after May 12. If you apply for Spring or Summer, you are still invited to the ceremony and your name will be read aloud as you walk across the stage. Visit the commencement webpage for more information.

Quarter/Year Early Review Deadline Final Application Deadline
Winter 2019October 10March 8
Spring 2019December 10June 7
Summer 2019March 1August 2
Fall 2019June 1November 22

More Information

There is a fee to apply for graduation. The fee will be charged per application. If you apply for multiple degrees, there will be multiple fees.

  • Bachelor’s Degrees: $33
  • Associates Degrees: $21.50
  • Certificates 20 – 89 credits: $21.50
  • Certificates under 20 credits: no fee
  • High School Diploma: no fee

The application fee is non-refundable.

If you missed the final application deadline, please apply for the next quarter. Applications are reviewed in the order received. If all your courses are complete, we will award your degree as soon as we review your application.

The Graduation Office will review your application. If you applied by the early review deadline, you will receive the results of your graduation review before your final quarter starts. This will help you plan your final quarter in case you are missing any courses. If you applied after the early review deadline, you may not hear from us until the end of your final quarter. Applications are reviewed in the order received. It may take some time, especially during peak Spring and Summer graduation periods.

When your application is reviewed, we will send an email to your BC Student Email Account.Note: Your student email account is not your Canvas inbox.

If you are qualified to graduate, your degree will be added to your official transcript after all your required courses are complete. It usually takes several weeks to award all degrees at the end of the quarter. You can view your transcript online.

If you need to make a change, please submit another graduation application. Choose the option “I already applied. I need to change my application.” This will erase your previous application and replace it. However, we will honor your original application date.

If you do not want to erase your old application (for example, you are getting multiple degrees), please choose “New Application”.

If you need to fully cancel your application, please submit the cancellation form online.

If you do not have a high school diploma, you are eligible to receive one from Bellevue College if you meet the following conditions:

  • You complete an Associates degree
  • You are 16 or older

How to Apply:

When you fill out your Associates degree application, you will see the option to get a High School Diploma too. Just click this option.

If you already graduated for your Associates degree, but did not request a high school diploma, please contact the Graduation Office. Email inquiries can be sent to  We can retroactively award you a high school diploma if you meet the conditions listed above.

Students completing the Associate in Arts and Sciences DTA can choose to focus their coursework on a specific subject.  This is called an Academic Concentration. The official college catalog publishes a list of available concentrations and their requirements.

Concentrations must be awarded in the same quarter as your Arts and Sciences DTA. Concentrations cannot be awarded retroactively if the Arts and Sciences DTA was officially awarded in a previous quarter. You apply for the concentration on the same application as your associate degree.

Please meet with a department or faculty advisor for more information.

Do you have more questions?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page. You can also ask a question online. A Student Central staff member will follow up with you.

Last Updated June 15, 2019