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Commencement

2019 Commencement Information

Friday, June 21, 2019 – 7:00pm

Yakima Valley SunDome
1301 South Fair Avenue
Yakima, WA

We hope that you will take part in the celebration and invite your family and friends to join you.

Participation in Commencement

Commencement is held once a year. Students who will have completed the requirements and have turned in a certificate, associate or bachelor degree application for fall 2018, winter, spring or summer 2019 may register to participate in the ceremony.

Fall 2019 graduates do have the option to walk in this year’s ceremony but they need to be aware that their information will not appear in the commencement booklet because they are not officially graduating until the next academic year; their name and degree will be included in the 2019 commencement booklet.

View 2018 Commencement Program and Speaker Bios
View 2018 Commencement Photos

Commencement Details

Commencement is the culminating celebration to recognize those students who have completed the requirements for certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor degrees.  The central focus of commencement is academic achievement. The design and colors of gowns, hoods, and caps signify the level of the degree, the level of achievement, and the specific academic discipline.  In addition, we have used cords to recognize outstanding achievement through honors and high honors, medallions to recognize the All Washington Academic Team Awardees, and stoles to recognize Phi Theta Kappa members and student government officers.  In order for these to be special and meaningful, we ask that students refrain from wearing other unauthorized cords, medallions or stoles that are unrelated to student achievement.  We want to maintain the traditions that have made commencement a special milestone of success for college graduates throughout history.

Dress in nice street clothes or program uniforms; no jeans, please. Wear sensible shoes; you will be climbing the stairs to the stage and descending back to your seat on the arena floor.

Caps and gowns for both, bachelor and associate graduates, will be available for purchase at the commencement fairs in Yakima and in Grandview. If you are not able to attend, you will be able to purchase your cap and gown in the bookstore in Yakima. Caps and gowns are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Graduates receive their diploma cover during commencement, one cover per graduate. The diplomas are mailed approximately two months after the end of the quarter in which the student graduates.

From I-82 North

  • West on I-82 toward Prosser/Yakima.  In Yakima take Exit #34 West
  • Turn left onto E. Nob Hill Boulevard
  • Turn right onto S. 10th Street/S. Fair Avenue

From I-82 South

  • South on I-82, South exit at Ellensburg to Yakima.  In Yakima taken Exit #33A West
  • Turn right onto E. Nob Hill Boulevard
  • Turn right onto S. 10th Street/S. Fair Avenue

Guests can start arriving at 6:00 pm. Children are welcome, but keep in mind that the ceremony is lengthy. If your guests have difficulty climbing stairs, please make sure they arrive early for better seating. The concession stand will not be open for the ceremony. Water will be available for purchase benefiting the Alumni Association Scholarship.

Important:  Strollers are not allowed on the bleachers and no balloons are allowed inside the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Graduates with exceptional academic qualifications who are completing an associate/bachelor degree or a certificate requiring 45 or more credits may have earned the privilege of wearing honor cords.

Honors and high honors are based on the cumulative college-level grade point average through winter quarter. Spring quarter is not included in calculating the GPA because grades have not yet been submitted.

Because the honors/high honors designations are granted by YVC, transfer credits are not used in calculating Grade Point Averages (GPA).

    • A cumulative college-level GPA of 3.85 or higher earns High Honors.
    • A cumulative college-level GPA of 3.40 to 3.84 earns Honors.

There is no charge for honor cords, and they are yours to keep. You may pick them up after rehearsal between 1:00-1:30pm in the HUB or before the ceremony at the check-in table. Please keep in mind that honor cords picked up after rehearsal and lost or forgotten on the day of the ceremony will not be replaced.

Graduates who are registered to walk and could not attend a commencement fair will be able to pick up five free invitations at the Registration Office in Yakima and at the front desk in Grandview. Additional packets of five are available in the Yakima bookstore. Invitations must be picked up in the campus you indicated on your commencement registration. Bring photo ID. Invitations are not required for admission to the ceremony.

There is no assigned seating for students participating in commencement. You are welcome to sit next to friends and classmates.

The SunDome is a non-smoking area. Please inform your guests that smoking is allowed in designated areas only.

Parking is available at the Yakima SunDome at no charge.

Cameras are allowed in the SunDome. Guests can photograph graduates but cannot come onto the arena floor.

Our Community Relations staff will be taking additional pictures during the ceremony. These images will be available online by June 30. Although not all students may be photographed by staff, please visit our photo gallery to see if we captured you in one of our photographs.

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Your attendance is essential to ensure a smooth commencement ceremony. Graduating students are invited to an ASYVC Student Government hosted luncheon immediately following rehearsal. Come and enjoy good food and great company!

If special accommodations are needed for you or your guests, please contact Jennifer Townsend at 509.574.4961. YVC does provide an American Sign Language Interpreter who will be visible in the two projection screens during the  ceremony.

As a graduate, you are automatically enrolled for a year Alumni Association membership. We are glad to have you as part of the YVC family. Please share some insights with us by completing this survey.

FAQs

Can I use a preferred name?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

Yes, a preferred first name can be added to your record by visiting the Enrollment Services front desk and completing the “Name Change Form”. Once a preferred name is entered for a student, it appears on class roster in parenthesis below the students’ official name.

Whom can I talk to in person if I have other problems or questions?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

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.

How long will it take for me to receive my diploma?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

Diplomas are mailed approximately two months after the end of the quarter. Make sure your address in the system is up to date.

How soon can I order an official transcript with the degree posted?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

You can request a transcript ahead of time and mark the box indicating that you want it to be held until the degree has been posted before it is sent.

How do I get an unofficial transcript?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

You can order unofficial transcripts through the student portal or by visiting our Transcripts page.

When will by degree be posted on my transcript?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

Usually 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.

What if I finish a quarter earlier than what I applied for?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

Applications are only reviewed twice: initially, when they are received, and at the end of the quarter you applied for. 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.

What if I realize that I will not be finished in the quarter that I have applied for?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

Contact Sophia Ferguson at 509.574.4703 or at sferguson@yvcc.edu to have your application moved to the correct quarter.

How will I know when my application has been processed?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

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 is the minimum GPA that is required to graduate?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

A 2.00 overall YVC college level GPA is the required minimum.

I transferred from a semester school and some of my classes were 4.5 quarter credits. Will they count as a 5 credit class?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

No, but you may make up the .5 credit difference with elective credits.

Where do I get a degree application?2018-06-14T21:21:23+00:00

Most applications can be printed from our website. Applications can also be picked up from your advisor or the Registration Office.

How is graduation different from commencement?2018-03-21T16:05:55+00:00

Graduation is the act of receiving your degree, certificate or diploma after you have finished all course requirements. You must apply to graduate to let us know you are close to finishing your program of study.

What is commencement?2018-03-21T16:05:56+00:00

Commencement is the ceremony held each June to honor all of that year’s graduates.

When is commencement?2018-03-21T16:05:56+00:00

Friday, June 15, 2018, 7:00pm, Yakima Valley SunDome

Whom can I talk to in person if I have other problems or questions?2018-03-21T16:05:56+00:00

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.

I graduated fall/winter quarter and already received my diploma in a flat mailer. How do I get a cover?2018-03-21T16:05:56+00:00

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.

When will my degree be posted on my transcript?2018-03-21T16:05:56+00:00

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.

I transferred from a semester school and some of my classes were 4.5 quarter credits. Will they count as a 5 credit class?2018-03-21T16:05:56+00:00

No, but you may make up the .5 credit difference with elective credits.

Where do I get a degree application?2018-03-21T16:05:56+00:00

Degree applications can be printed from our website or they can be picked up from your advisor or the Registration Office.