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Commencement Ceremony

A formal Commencement (graduation) ceremony is held each year in June for all students who graduate throughout the academic year. Information will be mailed to potential graduates. Graduates, members of the College and local community and guests are invited to attend.

Location and Time

June 15, 2014 at 2 pm
Kitsap Sun Pavilion
1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton, WA

Information will be sent to students who confirm Commencement attendance. Graduates should check in and assemble at the Presidents' Hall, located next to the Pavilion, by 1:00 pm (1 hour before the ceremony starts). Allow plenty of time to arrive as traffic may be heavy. The ceremony will last between an hour and a half to two hours. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony in the President's Hall.

Attendance

Around the third week of May eligible graduates for the current academic year will be formally invited to take part in the commencement ceremony. The eligible student must RSVP by the posted deadline to take part in the ceremony. Please RSVP for confirmation and wear appropriate regalia (cap and gown). There are no admission tickets. See how to RSVP.

Cost

Graduates purchase a cap and gown for participation in the ceremony. Announcements are also available for purchase. See the Regalia (cap and gown) and Attendance pages for information.

Commencement Schedule and Guide

The commencement guide describes the schedule and proceedings during the commencement ceremony. View the 2014 Student Commencement Guide.

Duration

The ceremony lasts one and one-half  to two hours. A reception is held in the President's Hall immediately following the ceremony for graduates, guests and members of the College and local community.

Guests

Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish. There is nothing guests must do prior to attending. They do not RSVP, or have admission tickets. However, guests may not arrive later than 1:45 to receive seating.

Parking

Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the Pavilion.

Seating

Guests should arrive no later than 1:45 pm. Guests will not be seated during the processional or presentation of colors which starts at 2:00 pm.

Diplomas

Diplomas will not be distributed at the ceremony. Commencement participants will receive diploma covers and a note of congratulation. See more information about diplomas

Special Accommodations

To arrange for special accommodations, contact Micky Buchanan at 1-800-259-6718 ext. 7205 or email mbuchanan@olympic.edu.

Olympic College Employee Guide

The Administrators, Faculty, and Staff Commencement Guide describes the procedure for the employees who are assisting with, or participating in the ceremony. See the 2013 Administrator, Faculty, and Staff Commencement Guide.

Video Telecast and Photography

Professional photos are taken of each graduate when receiving their diploma. Also, a professional photographer will be located in the President's Hall and will be available for photos before and after the ceremony. Photos will be taken by Olympic Photo Group.

Commencement will be broadcast on Bremerton Kitsap Access (BKAT) Channel 12 (Bremerton) and Channel 3 (Silverdale and Port Orchard)

  • 6/28 9 am
  • 6/30 7pm
  • 7/1 Noon
  • 7/2 8:30 pm


You can also purchase this DVD by contacting Dynamic Video at www.dynamicvideo.tv/ocgrad.htm or 360-613-1727.

A streaming video of commencement will be posted to this web page in July. 

Questions? Please email MediaProduction@olympic.edu or call 360-475-7770


Watch the Commencement Using Online Streaming Media 

(Recommended: Windows Media Player and DSL or better)

Commencement June 15, 2008 (113 Mins)
Commencement June 14, 2009 (120 Mins)
Commencement June 13, 2010 (137 Mins)
Commencement June 12, 2011 (109 Mins)
Commencement June 10, 2012 (122 Mins)
Commencement June 16, 2013 (128 Mins)