Graduation

The Seattle Colleges 2020 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020 at T-Mobile Park 

Students from across the Seattle Colleges District will join for a combined graduation ceremony on June 25, 2020 at T-Mobile Park. Specifics on event time will be posted later.  This combined graduation ceremony brings together graduates from all four colleges—North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, South Seattle College and Seattle Vocational Institute. This event space enables unlimited family and friend attendance and provides convenient parking and public transportation options.

Students, their families and friends, and Seattle College employees and community members are all encouraged to attend.

For additional details on the commencement ceremony, including timelines, accessibility, venue and entrance information, please visit the Seattle Colleges Commencement website.


Winter 2020 Degree Conferral

The timeline for degree conferral for all South Seattle College students who have applied to graduate at the end of Winter Quarter 2020 is as follows:

March 30, 2020: Winter Quarter 2020 final grades will be available and the Evaluations Office will begin posting degrees and certificates on that day. 

April 3, 2020: Posting of all Academic Transfer and Bachelor degrees (Associate of Arts/Business, Associate of Science-Transfer, Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Mgmt, etc.) will be completed.

April 10, 2020: Posting of Professional & Technical degrees and certificates (Associate of Applied Science, Certificate in Automotive Technology, etc.) will be completed.

A letter/or email will be sent to students who did not complete required courses as planned. The letter will explain exactly which requirements/courses remain to complete and the student will need to meet with an adviser, who will assist to submit a new graduation application.

 

Diplomas

If we are able to return to campus as expected, students will receive a postcard notifying their diplomas are available for collection in the Registration Office. We expect to send the postcards one month after awards are conferred. In the event a campus closure is extended, there is a possibility diplomas will be mailed via USPS to students.  We will send another communication if that happens.

It's important to note the only document accepted as proof of conferral in the United States is the sealed and official transcript, which can be ordered in advance at southseattle.edu/student-resources/transcripts-grades and will be produced on or after April 3rd, or 10th, as mentioned above. 

Some international students might need their diplomas as proof of conferral.  Students in these cases can make special arrangements for diploma collection by contacting the Evaluations Office at SEvaluations@seattlcolleges.edu.      

 

Students Submitting a Graduation Application for Spring 2020

April 3, 2020: The published deadline for submission from page 38 of the District catalog will be provided some flexibility in view of the Coronavirus disruption, and graduation applications will be accepted through April 30th.

Students are still encouraged to work with an adviser who can guide them through the graduation application process.  We realize meeting with an adviser may be more challenging during this time.  In such cases, and for winter and spring graduates only, the application may be sent directly to SEvaluations@seattlecolleges.edu for processing.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – What to do before commencement day? 

You may participate in the commencement ceremony if you have completed your program requirements for a degree, certificate or diploma during:

  • Summer Quarter 2019
  • Fall Quarter 2019
  • Winter Quarter 2020
  • Spring Quarter 2020
  • Summer Quarter 2020

Fill out and submit a South Seattle College graduation application form in the term prior to graduation. Meet with and Advisor or a Completion Coach to verify completion requirements are fulfilled or what actions are needed to bring to closure.

Students participating in commencement must wear a cap and gown of the appropriate color (black for BAS and blue for all others). These can be purchased from the bookstore beginning in May. Details about purchase and opportunities to obtain caps and gowns at a reduced costs will be forthcoming.

Note: You must complete a graduation application even if you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.

If you have been approved for graduation and participation in commencement on or before (2020 deadline will be posted once confirmed) your name will be in the program. An attempt to add names after this deadline will be made, but there are no guarantees of inclusion beyond this date. 

Graduating students who will need special accommodations for themselves or their guests should contact their campus Disability Support Services,

Email Rose.Kolovrat@seattlecolleges.edu or call (206) 934-5137. 

As graduation approaches, you may want to invite your parents or other family members to celebrate commencement with you. Here are some suggestions to help them apply for a visitor’s visa (B-2) at a US consulate or embassy in their home country.

To facilitate their visa interview process you should do the following:

  • Write a letter of invitation. Include the purpose of the visit, your relationship to the individuals, a statement of your status in the United States, itinerary details and the length of time they will be visiting (usually less than three months). It is best to emphasize the temporary nature of the invitation and to demonstrate their intention to return to their home country following the visit. If you will provide their financial support while they are here, include that information as well.
  • Include an Enrollment Verification Letter to confirm your student status. International students can request the letter online though SCDGlobal.
  • Provide details of the Commencement Ceremony.
  • For additional information about U.S. consulate/embassy locations and application procedures, review the U.S. Department of State visa information.

Providing your family members with this documentation may improve their chances of obtaining a visa; however, there is no guarantee a visa will be issued. The success of their request for a visa lies in their ability to prove that they have no intention of staying permanently in the U.S.

Visit the International Programs office for more information regarding how to invite family members to the U.S.

Information generalized for all attendees from all colleges is listed on the district commencement webpage, which will continue to be updated as commencement details are rolled out. Check back often. Emails will also be sent to those we know to be eligible and interested in attending.

Tickets are not required, all are welcome to attend. Commemorative tickets will be available as mementos and will be distributed during the grad fair, taking place in late May. More details about that coming soon!