Join us for Commencement 2021

A Virtual Celebration on June 18, 2021, at 5 pm

The celebration will be streamed live over social media sites YouTube,  Facebook, and Instagram as well as on public access channel YCTV 192.

The graduating class of 2021 includes 828 students ranging in age from 17 to 70. Seven of the students are veterans and 185 are Running Start students. This year the college awards a total of 866 degrees and certificates.

Don’t forget to use #YakGrad #Yak2021 #YakPride on social media to celebrate.

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Graduate Posters

Print the PDF to hang in your window or post in your yard! Click the image to share online!

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

  • Fill out a degree application with your advisor. Application forms for degrees and certificates are available from your advisor or online.
    • Make sure the application is signed by both you and your advisor.
    • Ensure that the email address on the application form matches your email in your student profile. Check the Student Portal to confirm it is correct.
    • Pay the $10 application fee at the cashier.
  • Pay the $10 application fee at the cashier.
    • You can pay via the phone during office hours: 509.574.4660. Questions?
    • Submit the application to the Registration Office.

The Graduation Evaluator will review your application. If the degree application cannot be approved as submitted, you will be notified in writing. For more specific information on graduation requirements, please review the YVC College Catalog. Also, please feel free to contact the Registration and Records Office at 509.574.4700 or by email at for further information.

Contact your advisor

Letter to Expected Graduates from YVC President

To all expected 2021 YVC graduates,

As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, I understand that many of you are wondering what our 2021 graduation season will look like.

Though new vaccines are offering hope that we will be able to get COVID-19 under control soon, we know that it will still be some months before most members of our community will have received a vaccination. As such, Yakima Valley College plans to celebrate our Class of 2021 as scheduled on June 18 with a virtual Commencement event.

While we won’t be gathering in person at the SunDome, our 2021 Commencement will offer new opportunities for the college to recognize our graduates — and new ways for you to share your achievement with family and friends. While you won’t walk across a stage, you will have your moment “in the spotlight,” celebrating your achievement and giving thanks to those who helped you along the way. This will include the ability to record a short video thank you message that will be played during the ceremony and a personalized video clip recognizing your accomplishment that can be shared on social media.

Thank you in advance for being part of what will be a unique and memorable celebration for our Class of 2021. More details about our virtual Commencement will be shared with you in the coming months. In the meantime, more information about Commencement, including how to apply for graduation and other frequently asked questions, is available on our commencement page.

Congratulations, we look forward to celebrating with you!

Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College


Will YVC hold a 2021 Commencement?2021-05-06T13:14:15-07:00

YVC will not hold a physical Commencement Ceremony for the 2020-2021 academic year. Yakima Valley College will offer a virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5 pm. This live-stream video event will feature short videos and photos submitted by the graduates themselves. Graduates should watch their email for more information.

Are advisors available remotely to help with graduation-related questions?2020-04-30T18:34:44-07:00

Advisors are available remotely to assist with graduation-related questions. Students should contact their current faculty advisor as listed on the student portal with questions. If no advisor is listed, please contact Counseling: email or call 509.574.4956.

How will graduates receive a diploma?2021-03-17T10:39:16-07:00

Graduates will receive their diplomas by mail, along with their diploma covers. Diplomas are generally available two months after the end of the quarter. During this health emergency, diplomas may take additional time to process. Students should ensure their correct mailing address is updated in their student portal. If official documentation of a degree earned is needed, official transcripts can be ordered through Parchment. A small fee is associated with ordering your transcripts via Parchment.


How will honor cords be given out?2021-02-22T08:38:43-08:00

Honor cords will be mailed to students. Students who earned honor cords should expect to receive them via mail in the first half of May.

How will graduates receive commemorative tassels?2021-04-12T15:05:59-07:00

Commemorative tassels will be provided at no cost by the Associated Students of Yakima Valley College and the college bookstore will be mailing them directly to all expected graduates. Graduates should ensure their correct addresses are on file to ensure delivery. Tassels will ship separately from any cap and gown orders.

If students would like to purchase an extra tassel or a “bling” tassel they can contact the bookstore at 509.574.4625.

Can I purchase caps gowns and graduation regalia?2021-04-12T15:07:33-07:00

Caps and gowns, as well as other regalia, are available for purchase from the YVC Bookstore under Regalia. Orders over $75.00 ship for free.

If students have questions about regalia, they can contact the bookstore at 509.574.4625.

Student Services Virtual Lobby for Q&A Sessions2021-02-22T08:35:37-08:00

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about graduation, or other matters, Student Services offers a Virtual Lobby on 2-6:00 pm Monday, 12-4:00 pm Tuesday – Thursday.

Registration Time2019-10-29T23:57:31-07:00

If you are a current student, your registration time will be posted in your student portal. The link to this page can be found on the right-hand side of the page under All Resources, is the link My Registration Time. Watch the Important Dates calendar for the registration dates for returning or transfer students (30+ college credits) and part-time non-degree/certificate-seeking students.

Whom can I talk to in person if I have other problems or questions?2018-03-21T16:05:55-07:00

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?2020-04-30T16:32:44-07:00

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

  • Fall grads – end of February
  • Winter grads – end of May
  • Spring grads – end of August
  • Summer grads – end of October

Make sure your address in the Student Portal is up to date.

How soon can I order an official transcript with the degree posted?2018-03-21T16:05:55-07:00

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?2018-03-21T16:05:55-07:00

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

When will by degree be posted on my transcript?2020-04-29T15:59:00-07:00

Degrees are generally 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?2020-04-30T18:47:53-07:00

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 Karina Andrade at 509.574.4707 or email 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?2020-04-29T16:04:37-07:00

Contact or email Karina Andrade at or to have your application moved to the correct quarter.

How will I know when my application has been processed?2020-04-30T16:33:44-07:00

You will receive an email once the application is reviewed. Please verify with the Registration office that we have your current email on record. Any questions or concerns or just processing information will be addressed in this email.

What is the minimum GPA that is required to graduate?2018-03-21T16:05:55-07:00

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?2018-03-21T16:05:55-07:00

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

Where do I get a degree application?2018-12-19T17:59:17-08:00

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?2018-03-21T16:05:55-07:00

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?2018-03-21T16:05:56-07:00

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

When is commencement?2021-05-06T13:15:29-07:00

Commencement is normally held in June. See the Important Dates for exact dates.
A Virtual Celebration on June 18, 2021 at 5 pm.

Whom can I talk to in person if I have other problems or questions?2020-04-30T18:36:07-07:00

You should talk to your advisor. The advisor contact information is listed on your class schedule and in the Student Portal. Or you may visit the Counseling and Advising Office in Deccio 164. You may call them at 509.574.4956 or email

I graduated fall/winter quarter and already received my diploma in a flat mailer. How do I get a cover?2020-04-29T18:43:37-07:00

Diploma covers are generally 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 a photo ID. Spring and summer quarter graduates who do not participate in the commencement ceremony will be sent their diploma in a cover. If for any reason a commencement ceremony is not held, diploma covers will be mailed to graduates.

When will my degree be posted on my transcript?2018-03-21T16:05:56-07:00

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?2018-03-21T16:05:56-07:00

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

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