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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.  Students who completed degrees in summer, fall, winter or spring quarters following the last commencement ceremony are eligible to attend the ceremony.

Location and Time:   June 16, 2017 6:00 pm 

In early June, confirmation and supplemental information will be sent to students who have confirmed Commencement attendance by RSVP. Graduates should check in and assemble at the Presidents' Hall, located next to the Pavilion, by 5:00 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 participate in the ceremony. Please RSVP (see below) and wear appropriate regalia (cap and gown). There are no admission tickets.

Important:  Potential graduates should make sure OC has their current mailing and email addresses to ensure they will be contacted.  To check or change an address use OASIS online.  Communication will primarily occur via email.


RSVP for the commencement ceremony is available


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

Commencement Schedule and Guide

The commencement guide describes the schedule and proceedings during the commencement ceremony. View the 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 5:45 to receive seating.


Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the Pavilion.


Guests will not be seated during the processional or presentation of colors which starts at 6:00 pm.  Please arrive early.


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 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 2016 Broadcast Times:

  • July 5   9:30 pm
  • July 8  10:30 am
  • July 9  11:00 pm
  • July 13  10:00 pm

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

Questions? Please email MediaProduction@olympic.edu or call 360-475-7776


Olympic College 2016 Commencement Video: