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Commencement Ceremony FAQs

There will not be a rehearsal at the 2018 ceremony. Doors to the Olson Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University will open at 5:30 pm. Graduates should arrive to the auditorium no later than 6:00 pm on June 19.

More info about the 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be sent by email to students who have registered to attend and also available on this web page as the date nears.

Doors to the auditorium open at 5:30 pm. Graduates should arrive no later than 6:00 pm to make sure you have plenty of time to check-in and get in line.

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 Kariena Mellor, Store Manager at 253-589-5614 for more information or to ask a specific question.

Yes! 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.

For questions, contact Alison Pau at or 253-589-5762.

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 to find out more.

The venue has limited seating. We recommend a limit of five guests per graduate. Doors to the Olson Auditorium will open promptly at 5:30 pm.

Pacific Lutheran University has a parking lot located outside the auditorium in addition to street parking on 124th Street S., Yakima Avenue S, 125th Street S.and 10th Avenue S. There is no fee to park at Pacific Lutheran University.

As the date nears the committee will be updating the prohibited/permitted items here.

Unfortunately they will not be open. Please plan accordingly.

The Graduation Award Application communicates to Clover Park Technical College and our credentials evaluator that we need to go through your transcript and verify that you are eligible to complete your program or certificate! The annual Commencement Ceremony honors 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 to find out more.

If you or your family members need any ADA accommodations to fully attend and/or participate in the commencement ceremony please contact Brenda McKinney, Disabilities Services Manager at or 253-589-5767. To ensure accommodations will be in place prior to your arrival, please contact us by Wednesday, June 12. We will do everything in our power to accommodate any requests that are submitted after the priority deadline.

Alumni gear will be available for purchase at the ceremony and also through the Foundation Office in Building 19, Room 101. For more information please contact Rae Baghirov at or 253-589-6082.

Which degree you choose to walk with is up the graduate. Our suggestion is you choose to line up with your highest degree being awarded (AAT, AAST or BAS) as that is the degree that will be read out as you walk across the stage, but the choice is up to you!

Students who believe they have completed their academic requirements for their degree or certifications can apply online for Degree Completion Audit by completing 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. Upon completion Certificates and Degrees are mailed to the students home.

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Commencement Location
Pacific Lutheran University, Olson Auditorium
12180 Park Ave S, Parkland, WA 98444
Tuesday, June 19
6:30 pm

Commencement Details
Ceremony RSVP
PLU Campus Map
Driving Directions
Ordering Photos


Graduation Awards Applications
Credentials Evaluator

Graduation Coordinator
Cal Erwin-Svoboda

Wear it Forward
Alison Pau
Wear it Forward application