The registration period for the commencement ceremony has passed. Graduates and college employees who did not RSVP online before June 10 can still register onsite at the Tacoma Dome on Tuesday, June 18. Doors open at 5:30p.
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 6:30 p.m.
The deadline to RSVP for the annual ceremony and guarantee that your name is included in the printed program has passed. The registration period for the commencement ceremony has passed. Graduates and college employees who did not RSVP online before June 10 can still register onsite at the Tacoma Dome on Tuesday, June 18. Doors open at 5:30p.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Tacoma Dome Arena
- There is no parking fee at the Tacoma Dome this year thanks to a generous contribution from the CPTC Foundation and Associated Student Government.
- Doors open at 5:30 pm
- Prohibited/Permitted Items
- Parking & Directions
- Security Enhancements
- Bag Size Restrictions
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.
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. There is no parking fee at the Tacoma Dome this year thanks to a generous contribution from the CPTC Foundation and Associated Student Government.
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 May 28th for $28.98 + tax (bundle price). 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 Department of Student Life 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. Fill out an application form to be eligible for a free gown rental on a first come, first served basis. Students will be notified by Friday, May 24 of the status of their request for a loaner gown. Rental gowns will be available for pick-up June 3-18. 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 email@example.com or 253-589-5762.
Register to Attend
The deadline to RSVP for the annual ceremony and guarantee that your name is included in the printed program has passed. Graduates can still register and participate in the ceremony, although their names will not be included in 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.