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Graduation

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.

Steps to Complete and Celebrate

Step 1: Verify Your Transcript

In order to receive your certificate or degree you must complete a Degree/Certificate 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 degree/certificate 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 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be on Tuesday, June 18 at the Tacoma DOme Arena at 6:30pm.

Graduates will be invited to RSVP for the annual ceremony once postcards and emails are sent in March 2019. To ensure that your name is included in the official graduation program, we ask that graduates RSVP by May 20, 2019. Students that miss the May 20 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. 

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 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 the upcoming ceremony. Please contact Cal Erwin at cal.erwin@cptc.edu to find out more.

Commencement Ceremony Details

This year’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Tacoma Dome Arena on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 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.

Pacific Tacoma Dome Arena

Arrival Times

Graduates should arrive to Tacoma Dome Arena no later than 6:00 pm on June 18. The Tacoma Dome Arena doors will open at 5:30 pm.

Disability Accommodations

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.

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 $28.98 + tax (bundle price) at the end of May. The bookstore hours are Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm. If you have questions about ordering a cap and gown at the CPTC Bookstore, please contact, Kariena Mellor at 253-589-5614. 

The Office of Student Involvement loans out a limited number of gowns, free of charge, to graduates through a program called “Wear It Forward”. There are approximately 100 gowns in a variety of sizes available on a first come, first served basis. Applications for will be made available to students at the same time that notifications go out about the annual ceremony by email and postcards. Only gowns are provided and you must provide your own cap and tassel, which can be purchased in the bookstore for around $12. 

For questions, contact Story Gilmore at story.gilmore@cptc.edu or 253-589-5762.

Register to Attend

Graduates will be invited to RSVP for the annual ceremony once postcards and emails are sent in March 2019. To ensure that your name is included in the official graduation program, we ask that graduates RSVP by May 20, 2019. Students that miss the May 20 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.

Event Photos

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.

Commencement Ceremony FAQs

Program or Certificate Completion FAQs

Resources

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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