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Spring Quarter started April 8. All classes offered remotely all quarter.

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The final step in completing your degree or certificate program is to apply for graduation. The college does not automatically award your degree or certificate once you complete the requirements. You must apply for graduation to receive your diploma, walk in commencement, and to show completion of your degree or certificate on your official transcript.

How to Apply for Graduation

  1. Review the application deadlines.

  2. Make sure you are ready to graduate.

    Failure to complete these steps may result in cancellation or delay of your graduation.

    • Meet with your Academic Advisor or Program Manager early to plan for your last quarter.
    • Run your Degree Audit online to ensure your educational plan will complete your final classes. The Notes tab in the top right corner of Degree Audit will show a summary of your graduation status and transfer credits.
    • If you have transfer credit, submit your official transcripts and a transfer credit request at least three months before the application deadline. We make an exception if you are taking your last classes at a different college.
  3. Submit the graduation application online.

  4. Pay the application fee.

    • Please allow three business days for the fee to appear on your account.
  5. Pass your final classes!

Application Deadlines

Quarter/Year Application Deadline
Winter 2020March 6
Spring 2020April 22
Summer 2020July 15

Summer graduates are invited to the commencement ceremony! To be included in the 2020 commencement program, Summer graduates must apply by May 15.

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Join the Virtual Commencement Ceremony!

This year’s ceremony will be broadcast online. To have your name called during the ceremony, you must register. The deadline to register is May 22. Learn more about Commencement 2020.

Change or Cancel Your Application

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.”

More Information

Please meet with your academic advisor or program manager to make sure you are ready to graduate. Degree Audit is only an unofficial advising tool and may not perfectly organize your courses. To ask a question or report a problem about Degree Audit, you can submit a ticket online.

Please review the steps to transfer to Bellevue College. Transfer students should submit their transfer credit request at least three months before the graduation application deadline. We make an exception if you are taking your last classes at a different college.

If you submitted your transfer credit request already, you do not have to wait for the results before your apply to graduate. Please apply early.

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 application deadline, you can still apply. However, your degree may be delayed by several weeks.

The Graduation Office will review your application after the end of the quarter. It usually takes several weeks to review all degrees. If you are qualified to graduate, your degree will be added to your transcript. You can view your unofficial transcript 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:

Simply fill out the graduation application above. If you already graduated with your Associates degree in a previous quarter, 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. Please meet with a department or faculty advisor for more information.

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.

How to Apply:

Fill out the graduation application. You will submit two separate applications: one for your Associates, and one for your Concentration.

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 April 24, 2020