FAQs About Commencement

Below, you will find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about commencement and the ceremony on June 21. Click any accordion box below for the answer to the corresponding question.

An invitation to participate in commencement is extended to students who:

  • Have graduated in Summer Quarter 2023, Fall Quarter 2023, Winter Quarter 2024, or
  • Will graduate at the end of Spring Quarter 2024, or Summer Quarter 2024

If you have specific questions about your academic program or degree or related credits, please contact the registrar’s office at your college: 

If you have questions about attending the commencement ceremony, contact commencement@seattlecolleges.edu.

Eligible graduates receive an email invitation to register for commencement in mid-May. Check your email and mobile number on file in ctcLink. When you receive the email, you will be asked to create an account and password and then log in and complete the registration process. 

You are eligible to wear a gold honor cord if you fulfill the following GPA requirement for your college:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.8 and above (Central, North)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.99 (South)

Your participation in the commencement ceremony is not mandatory. All graduates will receive their diplomas by mail to the address saved in ctcLink. Diplomas will not be distributed during commencement. Contact your registrar’s office directly regarding the mailing of your diploma.  

Contact your registrar’s office directly regarding the mailing of your diploma. Typically, spring graduates receive their diplomas by mail approximately 4 to 6 weeks after Commencement. Diplomas will be mailed to the address saved in ctcLink.

If you are eligible to graduate, you will begin receiving messages in April to the email address saved in ctcLink. Check your spam and junk folders for emails from commencement@seattlecolleges.edu. To view an archive of email messages that have been sent to graduates, visit our Event Information and Updates webpage.

Seattle Colleges does not use a ticketing system for guests. There is no limit on the number of guests a graduate may invite. Visit the Information for Guests webpage for additional information. 

The International Programs office at your campus often handles these types of requests from international students. It is best practice for students themselves to write a letter inviting their friends and family to commencement to be included in a visa application. You can find the instructions that are given to students for making such a letter on pages 19-20 of this document.

If you have further questions, please contact the International Programs office at your campus for advice on writing these letters and requesting any necessary paperwork. 

You are welcome to walk across the stage with your child. We anticipate more than 800 graduates participating and crossing the stage, so please ensure that any additional persons on the ramp do not slow down or impede the ceremony.  

There is ADA seating in the front row of the graduate section on the warming track, and T-Mobile staff can escort you down to your seat once you arrive. When you cross the stage during the ceremony, there are ramps leading up to the stage. If you are in a wheelchair, you will enter via one ramp and exit via the second ramp.  

Once your guest arrives at T-Mobile Park, there is a designated ADA lane at Home Plate Gate for those who require a wheelchair, and staff at the gate will be ready to assist. Please look for someone wearing a T-Mobile navy blue uniform to request a wheelchair. 

Check GradImages.com one week after commencement to view and purchase your professional photos taken during the ceremony.  

If you have misplaced an item, contact T-Mobile Park directly by calling (206) 346-4000 for assistance. Visit the T-Mobile website for additional information.

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Check these resource first, but if you can't find an answer to other commencement-related questions you have, email commencement@seattlecolleges.edu.