​Graduation ​​& Commencement FAQs


Where do I get a degree application?
Degree applications can be printed from our website or they can be picked up from your advisor or the Registration Office.

I transferred from a semester school and some of my classes were 4.5 quarter credits. Will they count as a 5 credit class?
No, but you may make up the .5 credit difference with elective credits.

What is the minimum GPA that is required to graduate?
A 2.0 overall YVC college level GPA is the required minimum.

How will I know when my application has been processed?
Applications are reviewed within a week from the time they are received in the Registration Office in Yakima. If there is a need to make any adjustments, you will receive a letter. If you do not hear from us, your application is in order.

What if I realize that I will not be finished in the quarter that I have applied for?
Contact Sophia Ferguson at 509.574.4703 or at sferguson@yvcc.edu to have your application moved to the correct quarter.

What if I finish a quarter earlier than what I applied for?
Applications are only reviewed twice - initially, when they are received, and at the end of the quarter you applied for. If your graduation date changes, it is important that you contact Sophia Ferguson at 509.574.4703 or at sferguson@yvcc.edu so that your application can be reviewed at the end of the correct quarter.

When will my degree be posted on my transcript? 
Degrees are posted within two weeks after the grades for the quarter appear on the transcript. You can check to see if your degree has been posted by looking at your unofficial transcript online. The degree will appear at the end of the transcript.

How do I get an unofficial transcript?
You can print it from our website; from our home page click on Registration, Transcripts, and Unofficial Transcript.

How soon can I order an official transcript with the degree posted?
If you are transferring to another institution or need the transcript for work-related purposes, request it ahead of time and be sure to mark the box indicating that you want it to be held until the degree has been posted.

How long will it take for me to receive my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed approximately two months after the end of the quarter. Make sure your address in the system is correct.

I graduated fall/winter quarter and already received my diploma in a flat mailer. How do I get a cover?
Diploma covers are handed out during commencement. If you choose not to walk, you may pick up a cover at the Registration Office starting the day after commencement. Bring photo ID. Spring and summer quarter graduates who do not participate in the commencement ceremony will be sent their diploma in a cover.

Whom can I talk to in person if I have other problems or questions?
You can talk to your advisor. Contact information is listed on your class schedule. Or you may visit the Counseling Office in Deccio 164 or call them at 509.574.4956.


When is commencement?
June 15, 2017, 7:00pm, Yakima Valley SunDome