Congratulations class of 2020

A Celebration of Our Graduates

A Virtual Celebration

Join us on Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

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Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

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Also casting on YCTV Channel 192 on Charter Cable

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Letter to Expected Graduates from YVC President

May 1, 2020

To All Expected 2020 YVC Graduates:

Starting this morning, and lasting through May 21, Yakima Valley College is proud to welcome the submission of your videos for YVC’s 2020 “A Celebration of Our Graduates.” As I shared a few weeks ago, this year, instead of a physical ceremony, YVC is creating a crowd-sourced, live-streamed video celebration 7 pm Friday, June 19.

Please let me repeat, transitioning to a virtual celebration was not an easy decision, and I know this decision has been a disappointment to many of you. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our graduates, their families, and our entire community.

Some of you have inquired about the possibility of joining in future commencements. Unfortunately, this will not be possible. YVC’s ceremonies nearly fill the Yakima Valley SunDome to capacity. The arena is simply not large enough to accommodate a ceremony with multiple graduate classes.

Our live-stream event will give you the chance to celebrate safely with your families and to celebrate in your own unique style. You won’t walk across a stage, but you’ll have your moment “in the spotlight,” celebrating your achievement and giving thanks to those who helped you along the way.

Please note this video tribute will be ceremonial, and not an official declaration of graduation. Graduates are receiving diplomas and certificates in a separate process.

Here’s how the video submission process will work:

  • Submit, via the link below, a brief (six to ten second) video clip, shot “selfie-style” on your cell phone. Be sure to announce your name and program of study at the beginning of the video.
  • There is an option on the submission form for students who would rather simply submit a photograph.

Please review the guidelines below prior to submission:

  • Have fun! This is a celebration.
  • Videos should be between 6 and 10 seconds long. Videos over ten seconds in length will not be accepted.
  • Start your video by announcing your name and field of study. For example, start by saying “Carlos Perales, Transfer Degree,” or “Melissa Williams, Business Management.”
  • Use your cell phone in “selfie” mode, so that you are visible in the video.
  • Be sure to shoot them in “Airplane” mode so you will have no interruptions.
  • Hold the phone horizontally, so that the video image is wider than it is tall.
  • Only one graduate per video. Dual or group videos will not be accepted. (You may have other people, or pets, appear with you, but only one graduate should be represented, announced in each video.)
  • Cap and gown are not required. But feel free to wear celebratory regalia appropriate for your video message.
  • Please, no foul or inappropriate language. The college reserves the right to refuse videos on these grounds.
  • Please, no obscene or inappropriate imagery. The college reserves the right to refuse videos on these grounds.
  • Submit your video by 11:59 pm, May 21.

Thank you for being a part of what will be a unique and memorable celebration. You will find the link to submit your video on the commencement page:

Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

For more information about graduation and receiving your certificate or diploma, please read the FAQs below. If do not find your answer there please contact your faculty advisor or email graduation@yvcc.edu.

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, winter, spring, or summer may register to participate in the ceremony.

Step One: Apply for Graduation

  • Fill out a degree application with your advisor.
  • Make sure the application is signed by both you and your advisor.
  • Pay the $10 application fee at the cashier.
  • Turn in application to the Registration Office.
  • More information on Graduation and how to apply.

Step Two: Register to Participate in the Ceremony

  • When registration for commencement opens in the spring, log into your Student Portal. From the All Resources” option, select “Commencement Registration” and follow the instructions. (This process may vary during the COVID-19 Health Emergency.)

Step Three: Review your Information

  • Students that have submitted their applications to graduate and do not wish to participate in the ceremony will be able to proofread their information. You will be able to verify the accuracy of your name, honors, degree earned, and your hometown. (This process may vary during the COVID-19 Health Emergency.)
  • If you identify errors, contact Karina Andrade at 509.574.4707 or email.


Will YVC hold a 2020 Commencement?2020-04-30T18:37:27-07:00

YVC will not hold a physical Commencement Ceremony for the 2019-2020 academic year. Yakima Valley College will offer “A Celebration of Our Graduates” on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm. This live-stream video event will feature short videos submitted by the graduates themselves.

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  counseling@yvcc.edu or call 509.574.4956.

How will 2020 graduates receive a diploma?2020-04-30T18:49:55-07:00

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.

How will 2020 honor cords be given out?2020-04-30T18:50:13-07:00

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 2020 graduates receive commemorative tassels?2020-04-30T18:50:32-07:00

ASYVC student government will mail tassels to graduates in honor of their achievement.

Can I purchase caps gowns and graduation regalia?2020-05-01T08:36:09-07:00

Caps and gowns, as well as other regalia, are available for purchase on the YVC Bookstore Website under Regalia. Orders ship for free and should arrive within 2-3 business days.

Commemorative tassels will be provided at no cost by the Associated Students of Yakima Valley College and will be mailed directly to all expected graduates. If students would like to purchase an extra tassel or a “bling” tassel they can contact the bookstore at 509.574.4625.

Drop-in Times and Links for Q&A Sessions2020-04-30T18:50:58-07:00

If you have more questions or would like to speak to someone about graduation, or other matters, Student Services offers Live Zoom Chats Fridays from 10-11 am and Tuesdays from 2-3 pm through the end of May 2020.

Drop-in Times and Links for Q&A Sessions

Every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 985 7150 5245
Password: 436418

Every Friday from 10:00 am-11:00 am
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 917 7266 0155
Password: 031850

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 kandrade@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?2020-04-29T16:04:37-07:00

Contact or email Karina Andrade at kandrade@yvcc.edu or registration@yvcc.edu 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?2020-04-30T16:52:08-07:00

Commencement is normally held in June.

On Friday, June 19, 2020, 7:00 pm, a virtual  “Celebration of Our Graduates” will be held and broadcast live on YouTube and YVC’s Facebook page.

Due to the COVID-19 Health Emergency, a live ceremony will not be held in June of 2020.

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 counseling@yvcc.edu.

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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