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Graduation and Commencement

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

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Important Dates

  • Caps and tassels
  • May 11 2020.
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  • Commencement Participation forms must be submitted
  • by May 22, 2020
  • Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • June 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.




Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm

www.btc.edu/VirtualCommencement2020


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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Important Dates

  • Caps and tassels
  • May 11 2020.
    + Available in BTC Campus Store
  • Commencement Participation forms must be submitted
  • by May 22, 2020
  • Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • June 30, 2020, 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 mailed your certificate or degree 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 6-8 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. Check your transcript for proof of completion.
  3. Lastly, diplomas are processed and mailed.

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

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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Important Dates

  • Caps and tassels
  • May 11 2020.
    + Available in BTC Campus Store
  • Commencement Participation forms must be submitted
  • by May 22, 2020
  • Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • June 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.



Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement: A ceremony in which degrees or certificates are given to graduating students.

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 2020 are eligible to participate in the June 30, 2020 Commencement Ceremony.

Virtual Ceremony Date: June 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Broadcast On: BTC’s YouTube channel


This year we will be celebrating graduates with a Virtual Commencement Ceremony. The Commencement Committee, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, have made the tough decision to cancel the in-person Commencement Ceremony originally scheduled on June 24 and, instead, broadcast a Virtual Commencement Ceremony on BTC’s YouTube channel. Subscribe now! The committee’s decision was based on the most current information surrounding COVID-19.

What would a Virtual Commencement Ceremony look like? It will be mostly the same as if it were in person, but instead of graduates walking across the stage, they will be recognized with their photo, including name and degree or certificate earned. President Perry will also direct graduates to move their tassels at the end of the ceremony which signifies being a graduate. Graduates are invited to wear their regalia while watching the Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 30 with their family and friends!

Just think what a wonderful and memorable opportunity having a Virtual Commencement Ceremony could be for the graduates, their families and friends. No tickets, no waiting in line, no parking hassles, no long-distance commuting. This day belongs to our graduates, and it is our goal to make it a special, joyous occasion.

If you are completing a degree or certificate program of 45 credits or more between Fall quarter 2019 to Summer quarter 2020, you are eligible to participate. Please:

  1. Submit your online Graduation Application by May 22, and your name will be included in the Commencement Program even if you elect not to participate. (If you have already submitted your Graduation application, do not submit another one.)
  2. Submit your online Commencement Participation Form by May 22. (If you have already submitted your Commencement Participation form, do not submit another one.)
  3. Submit several photos of yourself in your regalia, by June 1 to asbtc@btc.edu. These photos will be used to showcase you when your name is announced, along with your degree/certificate earned.

Graduates interested in delivering a commencement speech, email asbtc@btc.edu by May 15.

Graduates interested in singing and/or playing the National Anthem, email asbtc@btc.edu by May 15.

Commencement Participant Materials:

The following materials will be provided to participating students at no charge this year to due COVID-19. Caps and tassels, and shipping, are provided complimentary by the Associated Students of Bellingham Technical College student government. The Commencement Participant materials are:

  • Black cap and blue tassel (required regalia)
    • Decorate your cap (if you wish) for your photos
  • Honor cords, if you have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.00. Please note that 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
  • Stoles for Bachelor of Applied Science students
  • Veteran cords for veterans
  • TRiO cords for participating TRiO students
  • ASBTC stoles for ASBTC executives
  • Diploma covers

These materials will be available for shipment from the BTC Campus Store on May 11.

Phi Theta Kappa:

  • 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

Photos:

Dress in your BTC program uniform or business casual. Wear your cap, with your tassel hanging on the right side of your cap, and any additional cords or stoles, if you have earned them. Keep in mind that your photos will be viewed by a large audience. Photos must be submitted to asbtc@btc.edu by June 1. Photo guidelines:

  • Submit at least two different “head shot” close-up photos of your face and shoulders, preferably with a neutral background (solid blank wall, etc.)
  • Submit at least two photos of you, possibly holding your diploma cover. Feel free to include your family, your car, your favorite building, etc., something that captures your personality
  • You may showcase your decorated cap, in at least one photo
  • You may submit up to 6 photos total
  • All photos must be free from inappropriate images
  • BTC has the right to edit and/or not use any/all photos submitted

Questions:

Please contact asbtc@btc.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to making the graduating class of 2020’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony a memory that you and your family will always treasure!

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Important Dates

  • Caps and tassels
  • May 11 2020.
    + Available in BTC Campus Store
  • Commencement Participation forms must be submitted
  • by May 22, 2020
  • Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • June 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.



Commencement FAQ

GRADUATION FAQS


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
7:00 p.m.


Where is the Commencement Ceremony?

Your Home


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.

  1. Cum Laude (with honor) awarded to students with cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.74
  2. Magna Cum Laude (with great honor) awarded to students with cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.89
  3. Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor) awarded to students with cumulative GPA of 3.90-4.00
  4. Veteran
  5. Phi Theta Kappa
  6. ASBTC

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 registration@btc.edu.