How do I get my degree?
Submit a Graduation Application. Graduation Applications are due by the end of the second week of the quarter in which you plan to graduate.
Where is my diploma sent?
Your diploma will be mailed to the address you provide on your Graduation Application. Please keep in mind that diplomas are mailed six to eight (6-8) weeks after final grades are posted. Please provide an address which will be good at that time. Please phone 360.752.8348 if you need to update your address for diploma mailing.
When will my diploma arrive in the mail?
Allow six to eight (6-8) weeks after final grades post for transcript review/degree audit and mailing of diploma. Some delay may be experienced after Spring Quarter due to volume. If there is a hold on your account, you will not receive your diploma until the hold is cleared.
What should I do if I need proof of one-year certificate or two-year degree graduation before receipt of my diploma?
Order an official transcript at www.getmytranscript.com. Make sure to select the appropriate box indicating that you want your transcript to be held for posting of the degree. Your transcript will be mailed after your graduation date and credential earned have been posted. If needed, a letter can be provided to you to verify completion for potential employers. Contact the Registration Office at 360.752.8350.
If I lose my diploma can I get a new one?
Yes. The cost is $10.00 for the diploma and mailing. A form is available at the Registration & Enrollment Office and on our website.
Am I eligible for Academic Honors?
To be eligible for Academic Honors, you must be enrolled full time in a degree program with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher at the completion of all degree requirements. Full time is defined as being enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits per quarter. Cum Laude (with honor) awarded to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.74. Magna Cum Laude (with great honor) awarded to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.89. Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor) awarded to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.90-4.00.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FAQS
When is the Commencement Ceremony?
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Where is the Commencement Ceremony?
Who can participate?
All students who have completed a two-year degree or a certificate of 45 or more credits. Students must submit a Commencement Participation form before the due date of May 22, 2020.
Do GED recipients participate in the Commencement Ceremony?
No. A special event is planned for completers of the General Educational Development (GED) tests. All GED completers will receive an invitation.
How long does the Commencement Ceremony last?
About two hours.
Do I have to wear a cap and tassel?
Yes, graduates of one-year certificate and two-year degree programs wear a black cap with a blue tassel. Gown is not required. Caps and tassels are available at the Campus Store beginning May 11.
What is the cost to participate?
There is no cost to participate. The Campus Store will begin shipping cap and tassel and diploma covers to Commencement Participants beginning May 11.
Can I participate in the Commencement Ceremony in June if I am not completing my program until August?
Yes. If you are within 12 credits of graduation at the end of Spring Quarter and plan on completing those credits summer term, you can participate in the June Commencement Ceremony.
Can I participate in the Commencement Ceremony in June if I can't graduate until the end of Fall Quarter?
No. You must plan on completing your degree by the end of Summer Quarter 2020 in order to participate in the June 2020 Commencement Ceremony.
I'm earning more than one degree or certificate. How will that be recognized at the Commencement Ceremony?
We call the name of each graduate once, and each graduate walks across the stage only once. When you opt to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you will be asked to state the degree for which you want to be recognized. The printed Commencement Ceremony program will identify all of the degrees you have earned for the current academic year.
What is the deadline for me to decide if I'm going to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?
Your online Commencement Participation Form must be submitted by May 22, 2020 in order to have your name included in the Commencement program. You must also submit a Graduation Application by May 22, 2020 to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
What happens during the Commencement Ceremony?
The ceremony includes the following:
- Messages from the college president, member of the Board of Trustees, faculty speaker, and BTC student speaker
- Recognition of scholastic achievement
- Presentation of degrees, certificates
- Tassel movement
What is the marching order for graduates?
Graduates are grouped by academic program and march with others graduating from their program.
Am I eligible for Honor Cords?
There are six different types of honor cords.
- Cum Laude (with honor) awarded to students with cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.74
- Magna Cum Laude (with great honor) awarded to students with cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.89
- Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor) awarded to students with cumulative GPA of 3.90-4.00
- Phi Theta Kappa
The Cum Laude honor cords, TRiO, Veteran, BAS, and ASBTC regalia will be shipped from the Campus Store, beginning May 11.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor cords and other regalia can be purchased by PTK members on the PTK website. All PTK regalia are optional for PTK members.
To be eligible for Cum Laude, students must be enrolled full time in a degree program at the completion of all degree requirements. Full time is defined as being enrolled for a minimum of 12 graded credits per quarter. The cumulative GPAs for students graduating this Spring or Summer are determined by their grades earned through Winter quarter. These are estimations for the Commencement Ceremony and are subject to change dependent upon final quarter grades.
If I participate in Commencement and then complete my program requirements in a later quarter, do I need to do anything to get my diploma (degree/certificate)?
Yes. You must submit a new Graduation Application to let BTC know that you have completed your requirements. A final degree audit will be performed to certify that you have met graduation requirements. After you have been certified as graduated, we will mail your diploma.
Am I eligible for a Certificate of Merit?
Full- or part-time degree/certificate program students who demonstrate academic and/or program excellence in their program may be awarded the Certificate of Merit at program completion by the program faculty. One Certificate of Merit will be awarded per full-time program faculty per academic year per cohort of graduates. It is awarded at the discretion of the program faculty only upon completion.
Will I receive my diploma at Commencement?
No. Your diploma is mailed to you after we certify that you have met graduation requirements for your degree or certificate.
If I participate in the Commencement Ceremony, does that mean I have graduated?
No, you have not graduated until your degree or certificate is awarded and posted to your transcript. To begin this process, complete a Graduation Application and submit it to the Registration Department. After all program requirements are completed and final grades are posted, the verification process will begin. The verification process typically requires six to eight (6-8) weeks for processing.
Will my name appear in the newspaper?
Your name will be published in the Commencement program and submitted to the newspaper unless you have submitted a Request for Non-Disclosure of Student Information. For more information about the Request for Non-Disclosure, contact the Registration & Enrollment Office at 306.752.8350 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.