All District facilities are closed Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of Independence Day. Learn More.

Update: Due to the weather forecast for today, graduation has moved indoors to the BHS Main Gym.


Details about the Event

  • Commencement will be held at Bellevue High School Main Gym at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 17.
  • The doors into the Commons will open for guests at 6:30 PM
  • Students will meet in the BHS Commons at 4:30 PM. They will enter through the front of the school. Students need to remember to bring their cap, gown, and stole. Prior to the event, families are encouraged to check to see if the gown needs to be ironed.


Guests and Seating

This year, there will not be assigned seating but we still encourage families to have some spacing. Seniors will be given their tickets to graduation when they turn in their BSD laptop on June 15. At that time, all graduation requirements (including passing classes, meeting BSD and state graduation requirements, and completing the High School and Beyond Plan) must be met before seniors may receive their tickets to the event.

RSVP HERE to request tickets and to request special needs accommodations for seating and parking.



It is recommended that families use the parking lots on the North side of the BHS campus to make it easier to access the Commons entrance. ADA parking is available for those with accessibility needs.

BHS Map for Families for Indoor Ceremony



LifeTouch will be onsite at BHS taking a portrait of each student in cap and gown, plus also at awarding of diploma.  Families can access an “order now” email form at that will send them a pre-registration to place an order as soon as the photos are uploaded to this site. Once they are on the site, they will search for their event by school name month and year of the event and get a prompt to fill out for this registration. Our commencement ceremony will not be livestreamed this year.



During the ceremony, students will receive their diploma cover. The actual diploma may be picked up at the International School office Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21. At that time, we will be able to ensure that everything has been turned in. If this is problematic because you are out of town, please contact the office and we can make arrangements to mail the diploma.


Cap Décor and Cultural Attire

As part of the Bellevue School District, we have some common guidelines to keep in mind. Though it is tradition at IS to demonstrate unity through limits on individual displays, I want everyone to be sure to know that it is allowed to express individuality and cultural background in some ways during graduation. Below are some guidelines regarding those options.

Regarding Cultural Attire

Students may wear items of personal cultural significance in addition to any cords earned. Examples of this type of attire include but are not limited to Kente Cloths, leis, or tribal regalia including an eagle feather. Students should not wear items not associated with their own cultural identity.


Regarding Cap Décor

Please follow all of these rules if decorating your graduation cap. Failure to follow these rules will result in your cap being taken away and you will not be able to participate in the ceremony.

  • Anything obscene, profane, vulgar, or lewd.
  • Contain any symbols, advertisements, initials, abbreviations, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that refer to drugs or controlled substances, tobacco, alcohol, weapons or be of a sexual nature.
  • Denote an affiliation with gangs or which advocate drug use, violence, illegal activity, or disruptive behavior which is detrimental to the safety and welfare of other students.
  • Threaten the safety or welfare of any person
  • Only the flat, top area of the cap may be decorated. Nothing can be hanging off from the sides.
  • Decorations must be flat on the surface, 3-D creations are prohibited.
  • No lights; no blinking lights; no moving parts; nothing battery operated
  • Do not use anything that will make noise, no bells, whistles, etc…
  • Graduation caps will be reviewed and approved in advance to the ceremony.
  • No glitter allowed

The following is appropriate to put on your cap:

  • Thank a parent, grandparent, teacher, or friend
  • Recognize the university you will attend
  • The year you are graduating
  • The branch of the military you will be joining
The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.