The 4:30 pm graduation rehearsal has been canceled. Graduates should arrive at the Tacoma Dome at 5:30 pm to begin the check-in process. For more information about the ceremony, please download the Ceremony Instructions & Important Reminders document.
Congratulations on your academic achievement! You have come to the right place as you look at the necessary steps to complete and celebrate your degree or certification from Clover Park Technical College! Make sure you read all this information thoroughly and follow each of the steps noted below.
Step 1: Verify Your Transcript
In order to receive your certificate or degree you must complete a Graduation Award Application. This step is crucial as it communicates with our credentials evaluator that CPTC needs to go through your transcripts and verify that we can award you your degree or certificate.
Students can complete this award application the 4th week of the quarter you will complete your program or certificate. Completing your Graduation Award Application does not register you for the annual Commencement Ceremony, please proceed to Step 2 to officially RSVP for the ceremony.
Step 2: RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony
The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be on Tuesday, June 20 at the Tacoma Dome Arena at 6:30pm.
RSVP for the Graduation Ceremony by June 6, 2017 to ensure that your name is included in the official graduation program. If you have already submitted the RSVP Postcard you do not need to register online. Students that miss the June 6 deadline can still register and participate in the ceremony, though your name may be excluded from the printed program as it has already gone to print. Please be sure to complete Step 1: Verify Your Transcript if you haven’t done so.
Step 3: Learn More About the Commencement Ceremony
Annually, Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) hosts an annual Commencement Ceremony to honor any eligible student completing a degree, certificate, high school diploma, or High School Equivalency Diploma granted by CPTC during the fall, winter, spring and summer quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year.
On a case-by-case basis students who will be completing their degree during the upcoming fall quarter may be eligible to walk in upcoming ceremony. Please contact Cal Erwin at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
This year’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Tacoma Dome Arena on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The Arena is located at 2727 E D St. Tacoma, WA 98421. Due to multiple construction projects in the vicinity of the arena, please be sure to follow our recommended routes.
Tacoma Dome Arena Details
The 4:30 pm graduation rehearsal that was previously scheduled has been canceled. Graduates should arrive at the Tacoma Dome Arena no later than 6:00 pm on June 20.
The Tacoma Dome doors will open at 5:30 pm.
If you or your family members need any ADA accommodations to fully attend and/or participate in the commencement ceremony please contact Hope Stout, Disabilities Services Coordinator at Jeanne.Stout@cptc.edu or 253-589-5767. To ensure accommodations will be in place prior to your arrival, please contact us by Wednesday, June 14. We will do everything in our power to accommodate any requests that are submitted after the priority deadline.
Tacoma Dome Parking
The Tacoma Dome has parking lots located around the perimeter of the facility that can accommodate 1,600 cars. The parking fee at the Tacoma Dome is $15 (cash only).
Alternative Parking Options
Alternate parking options include parking in downtown Tacoma and taking the Tacoma Link Light Rail (check schedule for hours) or parking in the Pierce Transit / Sound Transit Tacoma Dome Station Garage which is located a few blocks from the Tacoma Dome. Cabs may also be available at the Tacoma Dome taxi drop-off/pick-up area or near Freighthouse Square. The Tacoma Dome has built an official Uber Pickup/Dropoff Zone as an additional option for visitors.
Cap and Gown
A cap and gown is required in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. Caps and gowns will be available at the College Bookstore for $29.21. Please visit the bookstore website for store hours or contact Donna Koehler, Store Manager at 253-589-5614 for more information or to ask a specific question.
The Office of Student Involvement loans out a limited number of gowns free of charge to graduates. There are 100 gowns in a variety of sizes available on a first come, first served basis. Students must fill out the online application for a gown. A cap and tassel can be purchased in the bookstore for around $12.
Register to Attend
RSVP for the Graduation Ceremony by June 6, 2017 to ensure that your name is included in the official graduation program. If you have already submitted the RSVP Postcard you do not need to register online. Students that miss the June 6 deadline can still register and participate in the ceremony, though your name may be excluded from the printed program as it has already gone to print.
GradImages will be taking professional photos throughout the duration of the Commencement Ceremony which will be available for purchase shortly after the event. Graduates are encouraged to register online with GradImages to ensure that they can deliver your graduation proofs can be sent to you in a timely manner.