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Graduation 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:  Kitsap Pavilion  Sunday, June 21, 2015  2 pm

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.


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.


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

Commencement Schedule and Guide

The commencement guide describes the schedule and proceedings during the commencement ceremony. View the 2015 Student Commencement Guide.


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.


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.


Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the Pavilion.


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 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 Stephanie Pranglin at 1-800-259-6718 ext. 7205 or email evaluators@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)

Commencement 2015 Broadcast Times will be determined after the event.

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 360-475-7776