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Commencement Ceremony FAQs

There will not be a rehearsal at the 2019 ceremony. Doors to the Tacoma Dome Arena will open at 5:30 pm. Graduates should arrive to the arena no later than 6:00 pm on June 18.

More info about the 2019 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 Tacoma Dome 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 $28.98 + tax (bundle price) at the end of May. 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 Life 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. Applications for this program will be made available to students at the same time that notifications go out about the annual ceremony by email and postcards. A cap and tassel can be purchased in the bookstore for around $12.

For questions, contact Story Gilmore at story.gilmore@cptc.edu 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 the upcoming ceremony. Please contact Cal Erwin at cal.erwin@cptc.edu to find out more.

Since the ceremony is not a ticketed event, there is no limit to the number of guests that you can invite. Doors to the Tacoma Dome open at 5:30 pm.

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).

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.

The list of prohibited/permitted items inside the Tacoma Dome is available 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 2018-2019 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 cal.erwin@cptc.edu 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 Brenda.McKinney@cptc.edu 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.

CPTC apparel will not be available for purchase at the Tacoma Dome. Please visit the College Bookstore on the Lakewood campus to purchase CPTC apparel. The bookstore website for has the current store hours or contact Kariena Mellor, Bookstore Manager, at 253-589-5614 for more information or to ask a specific question.

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 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 student’s home.

Commencement ceremonies for 2020 & 2021 will be at the Tacoma Dome Arena on Thursday, June 18, 2020 and Tuesday, June 22, 2021. A date for 2022 will be confirmed in summer 2019.

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Commencement Location

Tacoma Dome Arena
Tuesday, June 18
6:30 pm

Commencement Details

Contact

Graduation Awards Applications
Credentials Evaluator
evaluator@cptc.edu
253-589-6003

Graduation Coordinator
Cal Erwin-Svoboda
cal.erwin@cptc.edu
253-589-5780

Wear it Forward
Story Gilmore
story.gilmore@cptc.edu
253-589-5762

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