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DigiPen’s Commencement ceremony brings together families, friends, and DigiPen’s faculty and staff to honor and recognize our graduating students. Commencement is typically held within two weeks after the spring semester final exam week. However, given the recent COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s event has been postponed until December 13, 2020. Graduates from fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020, and fall 2020 semesters of the academic year are invited to participate in this new ceremony as we celebrate their incredible work and the completion of their degree requirements.

For questions about any aspect of graduation or the graduation ceremony, please contact Maddie Caswell, Director of Alumni Relations, at alumnirelations[at]digipen[dot]edu. DigiPen will provide a letter of graduation details to international students to help their families with the visiting visa process.

2020 Commencement

  • Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
  • Time: Doors open at 12:00 p.m.
    The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m.
    Reception to follow at 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Parking: Please visit the Meydenbauer Center’s website for parking locations near the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Should I Arrive?

Graduates should arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Guests must remember to bring their tickets, as they cannot be admitted to the hall without them. Guests should be seated by 12:50 p.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.

What Happens During the Ceremony?

The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. and should last approximately 75 to 90 minutes. Graduates will enter the auditorium with processional music — Claude Comair will lead the procession, followed by faculty and then the graduates. Candidates for graduation will sit at the front of the center section. During the conferrals of degrees, graduates will then walk up and across the stage as their names are called, then return to their seats. A short reception with light refreshments follows the ceremony.

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.

Where Should My Visiting Guests Stay?

Please see our list of accommodations.

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), no later than December 1, 2019. 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).

Students who previously ordered their cap and gown or requested tickets for the April 26 ceremony do not need to do so again — these previous orders still stand. Those who have not yet ordered their cap and gown or requested tickets for the ceremony should contact alumnirelations[at]digipen[dot]edu.

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.