All candidates for an associate degree must submit a degree application for approval. Students are encouraged to submit their application more than one quarter before they plan to graduate so any graduation deficiencies can be resolved prior to the final quarter of enrollment. Specific degree application deadline dates can be found in the college’s quarterly class schedule, under Important Dates or call the Registration & Records Office at 509.574.4700. However, all degree applications must be submitted no later than the quarter in which the student plans to graduate.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor on a quarterly basis to ensure completion of specific degree requirements.
May 25, 2021, is the deadline for students to apply for graduation and be able to participate in the virtual commencement celebration.
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.
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 email@example.com for further information.
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?YVC PIO2020-04-30T18:34:44-07:00
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509.574.4956.
How will graduates receive a diploma?YVC PIO2021-03-17T10:39:16-07:00
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?YVC PIO2021-02-22T08:38:43-08:00
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?YVC PIO2021-04-12T15:07:33-07:00
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?YVC PIO2018-03-21T16:05:55-07:00
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?YVC PIO2020-04-30T18:47:53-07:00
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 email@example.com 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?YVC PIO2020-04-29T16:04:37-07:00
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?YVC PIO2018-03-21T16:05:55-07:00
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?YVC PIO2018-03-21T16:05:56-07:00
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?YVC PIO2018-03-21T16:05:56-07:00
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?YVC PIO2018-03-21T16:05:56-07:00