Commencement Ceremony

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COVID-19 Upate: Commencement 2020 has changed to a virtual format. Please see details below.

Virtual Commencement

Commencement 2020

Due to the guidance from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Public Health regarding large gatherings and events, Bellevue College will not be hosting a Commencement Ceremony on campus this spring. Instead, there will be a Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 19th, 2020 with a possibility of an in-person reception during Fall Quarter 2020. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest developments, in the meantime please be sure to fill out a Graduation Application if you have not done so already, and contact us if you have any additional questions.

Congratulations, Graduates!

Commencement is about our community coming together to honor your achievement. On June 19, 2020, we are pleased to invite families and friends to celebrate our graduating class of 2019-2020.  This year’s ceremony will be broadcast online as a Virtual Commencement Ceremony. More information and detailed instructions are provided here.

How to Participate

If you want your name announced during the ceremony, you must register.

Registration is now closed. The deadline to register was May 27. If you missed the deadline, you can still watch the ceremony! Your name will not be read aloud, however if you applied for graduation by May 25, your name will be published in the commencement program.

Online cap and gown ordering is now closed. The last day to order was May 21.

Registration is now closed. The deadline to register was May 27.

If you missed the deadline, you can still watch the ceremony! Your name will not be read aloud, however if you applied for graduation by May 25, your name will be published in the commencement program.

You can submit a photo or video of yourself to show on screen when we call your name. You can also submit short videos to play during the ceremony. Here is what we are looking for:

  • A photo of yourself, or a short 5-10 second video of you waiving or celebrating.
    • This will show on screen when we call your name.
  • Record a video message to your family, friends, or teachers. (maximum length 30 seconds)
    • Share your thanks or appreciation!
  • Short video of of you, friends, or family clapping (maximum length 30 seconds)
  • Short video of of you, friends, or family cheering (maximum length 30 seconds)

Submitting your photos or videos is optional. You can choose to not submit any, or only some of the options above.

How to upload photos and videos:

  1.  Submit the image release form.
    • This gives the college permission to use your photos and videos. We will not use your submission if we do not have your release form.
  2. Upload your photos and videos online.

Need help? Check out our guidelines and advice on how to take good photos and videos.

Please note: Due to technical issues, timing, or quality problems, some submissions may not be included in the final event.

Online cap and gown ordering is now closed. The last day to order was May 21.

There are two ceremonies:

  • Blue Ceremony – 4:00 pm
  • Silver Ceremony – 7:30 pm

Students are assigned to one ceremony according to degree type.

View this guide to find out which ceremony you should watch.

A link to watch both ceremonies will be provided here when it becomes available.

Faculty and Staff

You can submit videos to show support for our students. We are looking for:

  • Messages of congratulations
  • Short video of you clapping
  • Short video of you cheering

Faculty & Staff – Upload your videos online here.

Need help? Check out our guidelines and advice on how to take good photos and videos.

Please note: Due to technical issues, timing, or quality problems, some submissions may not be included in the final event.

Need help or have a question?

You can submit a ticket online to get help. A staff member will follow up with you. Some information is also provided on our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Past Ceremonies

Photos

Professional photographs were taken as each graduate walked across the stage. You can find and purchase your photos on the Grad Images website.

Diplomas

The college does not hand out the actual diplomas at the ceremony. Diplomas are mailed after your final classes are complete and the degree has been added to your official transcript.

2019 Ceremony Full 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

For other questions about graduation, commencement, and diplomas, you can review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Last Updated June 1, 2020