graduation

Bear face sketch drawing with blue graduation cap and sunglasses saying 'Cascadia Grad'

The 2021 graduation ceremony will be virtual on Friday, June 11, 2021

To be included in the 2021 graduation ceremony, a graduation application MUST be completed by
April 30, 2021.There is no need to wait! If you have 45+ credits and are planning to graduate by Spring or Summer 2021, you can begin the process to apply to graduate now.

It is critical the email address you use on your graduation application is one you check frequently. This will be the only we will be able to share specific details about your graduation experience. If you need to update this contact information, please speak with an academic advisor.

Not sure if you want to participate in the ceremony now but you might later? Answer “yes” on the graduation application to receive information about the ceremony; you can always opt out later.

This website will be updated with more deadlines and information as soon as it is available; check back or email commencement@cascadia.edu with questions about the ceremony. Questions about graduation eligibility can be asked during virtual advising drop in hours or sign up for an advising appointment. For the quickest response, we recommend attending the virtual advising drop-in hours. Additional information can be found here.

To receive your degree or certificate, you are required to satisfy all specific program requirements as stated in the catalog of the academic year that you began your degree program.

Graduation applicants must:

  1. Achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for courses taken at Cascadia. The 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for transfer courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Transfer courses are not averaged with Cascadia's GPA. At least 25 credits must be taken at Cascadia that apply to the degree or certificate.
  2. Earn at least 60 degree credits with decimal grades.
  3. Fulfill all financial obligations to the college.
  4. Meet with an Academic Advisor during drop-in hours to complete the Graduation Application and ensure all requirements will have been met after the applicant's final quarter.

In order to help ensure you are ready to graduate on time, we ask that you meet with an Academic Advisor during drop-in hours to review and complete your Graduation Application the quarter before you plan to graduate.

Photos

Sign Ups are now available for optional, in person graduation photos!

One of the best parts of graduation is having professional photos taken in your graduation regalia! GradImages will be on campus in Mobius Hall on Wednesday, May 5th and Thursday, May 6th to take your photo. Diploma covers will be available for those who would like to use it as a prop in their photo. These photos will be uploaded by Cascadia staff and used in the virtual graduation ceremony. Should you choose to purchase your own copies of the photos, information about that process will be sent to you. If you choose to not use this service, you will have the ability to upload your own photo.

Walk Ins

Walk in requests cannot be accommodated; all graduates must sign up prior. Photos will take place indoors and outdoors, and should last approximately 15 minutes.

Cap and Gowns

No caps and gowns will be available to borrow; graduates must purchase their own cap and gown prior to the photos. Information about purchasing gowns can be found under the Graduation Regalia section of this page. If you are graduating with honors (based on your cumulative GPA ending Winter Quarter), are a Veteran or an international student, your cords will be given to you at your appointment so you may wear them during the photo.

Safety

  • Safety guidelines require masks must be worn at all times UNLESS the photo is being taken. Once the photo is taken the mask must be immediately put back on.
  • Per social distancing policies, graduates may not be accompanied by guests.

Parking

Parking will be free during your photo appointment. Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with a parking code closer to the day of your appointment.

Important Participant Information & Deadlines

All  students who wish to participate in the virtual ceremony will have the opportunity to include a picture and have their name recorded. We are working with the company Marching Order. An email with more information will be sent to the address provided on the graduation application. It will only be sent to those who identified they want to participate in the ceremony.

Questions? Email commencement@cascadia.edu.

Important Dates

April 30

Deadline to apply to graduate and be included in the virtual ceremony

May 3

Deadline to sign up for in-person graduation photos (information to sign up will be updated on this page when available)

Beginning May 4

Graduates can access Marching Order portal to add phonetic spelling of name and graduation photo (instructions to be sent via email)

May 5 & 6

Optional on campus graduation photos (information to sign up will be updated on this page when available)

May 18

Deadline for students to upload phonetic spelling of their name to be used in ceremony

May 24

Deadline for students to upload photo to be used in ceremony

BASSP Graduates:

For more information, contact Stephan Classen at sclassen@cascadia.edu

MOBAS Graduates:

For more information, contact Erika Miller at emiller@cascadia.edu

Graduation Regalia

If you would like to purchase a cap and gown for photos, please visit the Jostens website. Currently, there is a three-week delivery time. There is no guarantee you will receive it in time for the photo opportunity on campus or the photo submission deadline. A comparable option can be found via Amazon. Be sure to select the “royal” color option.

Bothell High School students: The cap and gown colors for the associate degrees and certificates are the same as Bothell High School (blue). If you already have one, no need to purchase another. If you are receiving a bachelor degree, the cap and gown are black.

All students: on the Jostens website the associate robe photo is black, but a blue one will be sent.

Gown Borrowing:

At this time we are not able to provide gowns to borrow for the virtual ceremony or in-person photo opportunities.

Honors Cords:

Students participating in the virtual ceremony will pick the cords up in person if they sign up for campus photos. All other students participating in the virtual ceremony will have the opportunity for curbside pickup or mailing. Graduates will only receive the cords for their highest, cumulative grade achievement as of Winter 2021.

Phi Theta Kappa Members:

You may purchase the traditional Honor Stole at the
PTK virtual store.