Commencement News 2014

Students planning to participate in this year’s commencement ceremony should review the dates and deadlines listed below.  

Students who will have completed their degree requirements during or prior to summer 2014 are eligible to participate in our 2014 commencement ceremony.  Students who will not complete until fall 2014 or after are invited to participate in the 2015 ceremony.

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that your degree requirements have been completed or that your degree has been awarded.  You must meet all degree and certificate requirements before a degree or certificate can be awarded.  All diplomas are mailed from the Registrar's Office after grades have been verified.  This process normally takes approximately four to five weeks after the end of each term.

Dates and Deadlines

Last day to order your cap and gown:   8 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014 

To oder your cap and gown go to our Bookstore website at

Quick Reference Guide to ordering your cap and gown

Last day to apply for graduation and participate in ceremony:   5 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014

Applications received after this date must be approved by the Registrar.

Click here for your Graduation Application.

Cap and gown distribution: Starting June 2, 2014

Caps and gowns will be distributed at the Bookstore on the Pendleton campus. Please be sure to bring picture ID to pick up your cap and gown.

Commencement Rehearsal: Noon, Friday, June 13, 2014

Commencement rehearsal will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 13th . Graduates will be asked to report to Pioneer Hall (hallway) to line up for rehearsal. It is important that all graduates attend the rehearsal.

Commencement Ceremony: 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014

Graduates should report to Pioneer Hall in Pendleton at 6:30 p.m. for line up. The ceremony will be held in the McCrae Activity Center in Pendleton and will start at 7:00 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour. Doors to the McCrae Activity Center will open at 6:00 p.m. that evening for family, friends and guests. Tickets are not required. BMCC will host a reception (cookies, punch and coffee) for graduates and guests immediately following the ceremony.   

Honors for Graduation

Only those courses used for degree completion will be counted in the GPA calculation for honors and high honors. For Spring 2014, this calculation is performed on all courses completed, for degree requirements, through winter term 2014.  Those planning to complete degree requirements summer 2014 do not qualify for honors distinction in our June 2014 ceremony. 

Honors: 3.4 - 3.84              High Honors: 3.85 - 4.0

Students who qualify for either distinction will pick up their honor cord at the Bookstore when receiving their cap and gown. Honor and High Honor recipients will be noted in the commencement program. 


All veterans participating in our ceremony will receive a red, white, and blue veterans cord.  Veterans should be sure to ask for their cord when picking up their cap and gown at the Bookstore.


Annoucements may be ordered on line from the BMCC Bookstore website at 

Graduation Photos

How can I view/purchase copies of professional graduation photos?

Photographer Marty Huie has professionally photographed Blue Mountain Community College Commencement for many years. Shortly after commencement, his company will send information addressed "To the Parents/Family of STUDENT NAME." All the order information will be included along with contact information if you have questions. All order questions should be directed to the photography company directly, not Blue Mountain Community College.  Also, you can order online through this link:  If you have questions, please call  (509) 529-5183 or send an e-mail to

Can family and friends take pictures during the diploma presentation?

Audience members can take stills and videos from their seats. They are asked not to approach the stage or stand in the area where graduates exit the stage. This is because the official professional photographer will capture graduates, diploma in hand, coming off the stage. If a graduate sees multiple cameras, he or she will be distracted which will negatively impact the photographer's ability to capture the best possible professional photograph.


If you have any further questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please contact Linda Zojonc at (541) 278-5760 or email at On behalf of BMCC, congratulations on your academic achievements.