Congratulations to the graduating DigiPen Dragons of the fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 semesters!
While this past year was no doubt different than anyone could have imagined, you have learned, persevered, and succeeded when it mattered. To mark the completion of this part of your journey, we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us as we commend you and your fellow Dragons’ achievements at our virtual Commencement Ceremony.
Join us Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PDT for a live, virtual Commencement Ceremony, which you can view on DigiPen’s YouTube page. We highly encourage you to join us during the premiere so that you can help us celebrate and cheer on our graduates live in the comments. The ceremony will last approximately 60 to 80 minutes and include a commencement address by Susanna Pollack, President of Games for Change, a presentation by nominated student speaker Felix Knight, a message from Student Body President Jason Thiel, and closing remarks by DigiPen founder and president Claude Comair. For additional details, feel free to browse the Commencement Program.
Graduates in the Redmond area: Stop by our drive-up Photo Station at DigiPen’s campus on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT to take photos with your friends and family in front of our commencement backdrop! Grab some free treats and your first official alumni t-shirt to celebrate a job well done.
We also hope you’ll watch the 2021 DigiPen Student Game Showcase for trailers of some of the video games our student development teams produced this year.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Will I Receive My Official Diploma?
Since the Commencement Ceremony occurs the weekend following finals, all of your grades have not been received — therefore your official diploma will be mailed to you via USPS several weeks after graduation. Because many graduates move after graduation, please make sure that your current address is updated in SRS so that we can arrange the mailing of your diploma if necessary. If your current address is not updated in SRS, your diploma will not make it to the correct location. Occasionally, an employer will require proof of graduation. If you need proof of graduation and you have not yet received your diploma, we can provide proof through a Graduation Verification form. Email the Office of the Registrar to request a Graduation Verification form.
Will I be on camera during the ceremony?
You will not be on camera during the ceremony. Because Commencement is virtual this year, we are asking graduates to submit a graduation photo in lieu of appearing live on camera.
What does a virtual ceremony look like?
Feel free to watch last year’s virtual Commencement Ceremony on the DigiPen YouTube channel.
What if I Have Additional Questions?
If you have a question that we didn’t answer here, please contact alumnirelations[at]digipen[dot]edu.
How to Apply for Graduation
Students should apply to graduate online, using the Student Records System (SRS). Include your name as you would like it to appear on your diploma (you must include at least your first initial and full last name).
Graduating students are responsible for making sure they have satisfied all major requirements in order to graduate. It is strongly recommended that you meet with your academic advisor to perform a degree audit, identify any missing requirements, and verify that you are on track to graduate. Should you have any questions regarding requirements or degree audits, contact Student Affairs.