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Graduation and Commencement

Participating in the Commencement Ceremony is a great way to celebrate your achievement!

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Commencement Forms

Important Dates

  • Caps, gowns and tassels available at the Campus Store
  • After May 11, 2016
  • Commencement Participation forms must be submitted
  • May 13, 2016
  • Guest Tickets Available for Pickup
  • May 11, 2016
  • Rehearsal
  • June 21, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
  • Commencement Ceremony
  • June 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.



Congratulations to BTC students preparing to Graduate!


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Graduation

What do I do to Graduate?

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Commencement

Participating in the Commencement Ceremony is a great way to celebrate your achievement!

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FAQs

All about Graduation and Commencement


Graduation Application

Click here if you are ready to submit your Graduation Application

(includes Commencement Participation form and High School Diploma request)

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Commencement Forms

Important Dates

  • Caps, gowns and tassels available at the Campus Store
  • After May 11, 2016
  • Commencement Participation forms must be submitted
  • May 13, 2016
  • Guest Tickets Available for Pickup
  • May 11, 2016
  • Rehearsal
  • June 21, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
  • Commencement Ceremony
  • June 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.



Graduation

How do I get my degree? Submit a Graduation Application

If you are completing your program and wish to receive a degree or certificate, you must complete and submit a Graduation Application online.

Processing this Graduation Application allows the College to review your certificate or degree requirements using Degree Audit, determine your final completion, post your certificate or degree to your transcript, and provide a diploma. There is NO COST for processing the application. Following verification of completion and posting to your transcript, you will be sent your certificate or degree diploma. While we may award and post degrees and certificates without a Graduation Application, only students who submit a Graduation Application will receive a diploma.

Timing

To ensure timely processing of your program completion, please submit your Graduation Application by the second week of the quarter in which you plan to complete your certificate or degree. Late applications will be accepted, but may not be processed until the following quarter.

The process of verifying completion of graduation requirements, awarding and posting degrees and certificates, and mailing diplomas takes 8-10 weeks.

  1. After final official quarterly grades are posted on the third day after the end of your final quarter, the verification process can begin for all potential graduates.
  2. When verification of all completion requirements is completed, your certificate or degree will be posted to your transcript. The Degree posting on your Official Transcript is proof of completion.
  3. Lastly, diplomas are processed and mailed.

You will be notified in writing if your application has been denied.

Regarding Catalog Versions: If you are continuously enrolled (i.e. no breaks except for Summer quarter), you may graduate under all catalog versions active during your enrollment provided all classes are available and completed. If you have a break in enrollment, you must graduate under catalog versions active AFTER you return to BTC.

If you have questions about graduation or an address change for mailing your diploma, contact Registration at 360-752-8348.

 

High School Diploma

Effective 2009, students earning an associate degree from a community or technical college are allowed to earn a Washington State high school (HS) diploma according to SHB 1758. Students selecting this option are not required to complete the State Board of Education's high school graduation requirements.

Associate Degrees at BTC:

  • AAS - Associate of Applied Science
  • AAS-T - Associate of Applied Science - Transfer
  • DTA/MRP - Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program
  • AS-T/MRP - Associate of Science - Transfer/Major Related Program

How do I get my High School Diploma?

Submit a Graduation Application for your Associate Degree and as you do, check the High School Diploma box to open the request page for your High School diploma. You may also use this High School Diploma Application to request your High School Diploma.

See FAQs for more information.

If you have questions about Graduation or getting a High School Diploma, or an address change for mailing your diploma, please call 360-752-8348.

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Commencement Forms

Important Dates

  • Caps, gowns and tassels available at the Campus Store
  • After May 11, 2016
  • Commencement Participation forms must be submitted
  • May 13, 2016
  • Guest Tickets Available for Pickup
  • May 11, 2016
  • Rehearsal
  • June 21, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
  • Commencement Ceremony
  • June 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.



Commencement Ceremony Information

Participating in the Commencement Ceremony is a great way to celebrate your achievement! All Students who will complete a program of 45 credits or more by the end of Summer quarter 2016 are eligible to participate in the June 21, 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

Ceremony Date: June 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham.

Guest Tickets (no charge) are required for the Commencement Ceremony.

  • Four (4) tickets for each participating graduate.
  • ID is required to pick up tickets!
  • Wednesday, May 11th Graduates pick up their tickets at the Commencement Kick-off!
  • May 12 - June 10, pick up tickets at the Information Desk in College Services.
  • June 10 is the last day for ticket pick up. Tickets will not be available after June 10.

Sign up to participate in the Commencement Ceremony!

  • How? By submitting the Graduation Application and click "YES" to open the Commencement Participation form.
  • When? Sign up by May 13, 2016. This is the deadline to sign up to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, not a deadline to graduate.

Black Cap and Gown are required. Cap and gown can be purchased through our BTC Campus Store, beginning in May.

  • Cost of cap, gown, and tassel is approximately $37.00.
  • Cost of Tassel only is $8.00.

Information on Commencement Ceremony photographs is available at www.gradimages.com

See FAQs for more information.

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Commencement Forms

Important Dates

  • Caps, gowns and tassels available at the Campus Store
  • After May 11, 2016
  • Commencement Participation forms must be submitted
  • May 13, 2016
  • Guest Tickets Available for Pickup
  • May 11, 2016
  • Rehearsal
  • June 21, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
  • Commencement Ceremony
  • June 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m.



Commencement FAQ