Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation Applications

You should apply for graduation as soon as possible. Do not wait until your classes are complete.  There are application deadlines and you need to apply for graduation before your final quarter ends. You can review the application deadlines here.

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.

You will be notified of your graduation status a few weeks after the end of the quarter. It will take the Graduation Office several weeks to review and award all degrees. When your degree is awarded, it will appear on your unofficial transcript.

You can view your unofficial transcript online. When your degree is officially awarded, your degree title will show on your transcript. It usually takes a few weeks after the end of the quarter to award all degrees.

If you did not successfully complete your final classes, you can move your graduation to a future quarter. Please fill out another application, and choose the option “I already applied. I need to change my application.” If you change your graduation to the next immediate quarter, there is no additional fee. If you change your application more than one quarter, there may be another application fee.

If you missed the final application deadline, please apply for 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.

Please submit another graduation application and choose the option “I already applied. I need to change my application.” 

Degree Requirements

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.

  • View the 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.

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.
  • 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.
If you need to use credits from another school for your Bellevue College degree, please submit a Transfer Credit Request in addition to your graduation application. You should submit a transfer credit request as soon as you register for your first quarter. Please do not wait.

Degree Audit is only an unofficial advising tool. It does not always perfectly organize your courses. Degree Audit is not official and does not affect your graduation. However, you should double check with your advisor or the Graduation Office to make sure everything is okay.

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.

Commencement Ceremony

No. The Commencement Ceremony is optional. We do not hand out diplomas at the ceremony. Your diploma will be sent later after after your degree is added to your transcript. The ceremony actually takes place before final grades are in for Spring, and before the start of Summer quarter. This means that even if you participate in the ceremony, your graduation is not official until the degree is added to your official transcript.

Honors status will be awarded automatically for all degrees and certificates above 45 credits.

How your GPA is calculated:

  • For honors status, we use you Bellevue College cumulative GPA. This includes every class you took at BC, even the classes you did not use your for your degree. This does not include transfer credit grades.
  • The GPA you see on Degree Audit only includes the courses applied to the degree. We do not use this GPA for Honors Status.

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

Students who have an honors GPA at the time of the Commencement Ceremony will receive honors cords to wear with their caps and gowns. Because spring and summer grades are not final at the time of the ceremony, honors cords will be issued based on your GPA at the end of winter quarter.

You are invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony if:

  • You complete or apply for a degree that is 20 credits or more.
  • You graduated in Fall or Winter, or
  • You applied for graduation in Spring or Summer.

The ceremony takes place before final grades are in for Spring, and before the start of Summer quarter. This means that Spring and Summer applicants attend the ceremony before their graduation is official.

The Commencement Ceremony is held once each year in June. More information is available on the Commencement Ceremony webpage.
  • Please avoid bringing large bags or backpacks. Bags may be subject to search.
  • Helium balloons are not permitted indoors.

Diplomas

Diplomas are mailed out after your final classes are complete and the degree has been added to your official transcript. It may take a couple months to review all applications and print all diplomas at the end of the quarter. You can make sure your mailing address is correct online.

Submit a Diploma Replacement Request Form to Student Central in B125. A processing fee is required for each replacement.

We do not hand out diplomas at the ceremony. Your diploma will be sent later after after your degree is added to your transcript.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

You can ask a question online. A Student Central staff member will follow up with you.

 

Last Updated May 22, 2019