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2020 Celebration of Graduates

Dear CPTC Students,

One of our most difficult decisions during this public health crisis has been how best to honor your achievements while safeguarding the health of community members. With this in mind, we have decided not to hold a commencement ceremony in 2020 and to invite you to participate in a future ceremony. 

Finding an alternative way to celebrate your accomplishments this spring is important to us, so we’ve created an event to recognize you on June 18.

2020 Celebration of Graduates  

Thursday, June 18 

4:00-6:00 p.m. 

Clover Park Technical College | Lakewood Campus 

Graduates who sign up to participate in the June 18 Celebration of Graduates event will receive a gift box that will include your cap and tassel, diploma cover, and other commemorative items to celebrate the completion of your college experience.  

The many members of the Clover Park Technical College community are proud to see you complete your studies, knowing how hard you’ve worked to overcome incredible challenges this academic year. We will be there to support you and cheer for you as you move into the next phase of your lives. 

More information about the pick-up process and celebration details will be shared by the planning committee at a later date. The committee is using social distancing guidelines as the framework for planning this celebration. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Joyce Loveday, President

Congratulations on your academic achievement!  

You have come to the right place to learn more Clover Park Technical College’s plans to celebrate and honor the achievements of the Class of 2020. Make sure you read all of this information thoroughly and follow each of the steps noted below.

Download the Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration Booklet

Steps to Complete and Celebrate

Step 1: Verify your transcript 

In order to receive your credential in the mail you must complete a Degree/Certificate Application. This tells our credentials evaluator to review your transcripts and verify that you have completed all the requirements in order for CPTC to can award your degree or certificate. 

Students who will complete their academic programs in summer or fall 2020 are eligible to participate in the Celebration of Graduates on June 18, though their name will not appear in the official printed materials.  

Students can submit the Degree/Certificate Application during the 4th week of the quarter in which you will complete your program or certificate. Completing your Degree/Certificate Application does not register you to participate in the June 18 Celebration of Graduates. 

Proceed to Step 2 to register.  

Step 2: Register for your gift box and a June 18 pick-up time

The 2020 Celebration of Graduates will be on Thursday, June 18 at Lakewood Campus of Clover Park Technical College from 4-6p. The Class of 2020 will be invited to participate in a future commencement ceremony. 

Register Here   

While the college will not hold a commencement ceremony this year due to this public health crisis, finding an alternative way to celebrate the accomplishments this spring is important to everyone, so we’ve created an event to recognize the Class of 2020 on June 18. 

Register at this link to attend the celebration and reserve your gift box no later than Tuesday, June 16. (deadline extended)

Students who will complete a certificate or degree in summer or fall 2020 are eligible to participate in the celebration on June 18, though their name will not appear in the official printed materials. They may register for a gift box. 

How to Celebrate

  • If you choose, decorate your vehicle! Signs, balloons, window paint, streamers
  • Invite as many members of your "quaran-team" (friends and family) to join you that safely fit in the vehicle. They were with you every step of the way and now they get to cross the finish line with you. 
  • After leaving campus, take photos in your cap and tassel with your "quaran-team" and use #CPTCGrad2020 when posting to social media. Photos posted publicly using the event hashtag may be incorporated into our 10-minute ceremony video that will be available in July.   

Cap & gown details  

A cap and tassel will be provided in the gift box that all students who pre-registered for one. The gift box will be available for pick-up on June 18. 

Arrival Instructions

On June 18, graduates should arrive to pick up their gift box at the Lakewood Campus, located at 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood no earlier than 4pm.

Due to the number of cars expected on campus during the first hour of the event, graduates should adhere to the pick-up time selected at time of event registration. Please note, the pick-up area will close and the celebration will end promptly at 6:00 that evening.  

Driving Directions

  • Graduates should enter campus through Hageness Drive W.
  • Redwood Drive (near Harrison Prep) will be closed to through traffic and the Lakeview Avenue entrance (near Rotunda) will be exit only. 
  • Directional arrows will navigate vehicles to the gift box pick-up location on Perimeter Street SW and the south side of the McGavick Conference & Student Center. 
  • All vehicle drivers and passengers should remain in your vehicle while on campus. 
  • After receiving your gift box, without stopping, you will continue on Perimeter Street SW and exit campus from Lakeview Avenue (near Rotunda). 
  • Graduates arriving by public transportation should navigate their way to the south parking lot (backside) of the McGavick Conference & Student Center; please wear a face mask when picking up your gift box.  

Social distancing Measures

  • Remain in your vehicles at all times 
  • The experience has been designed so you will not need to exit your vehicle 
  • Maintain at least 6' between groups if using public transportation/arriving on foot
  • All campus buildings will be closed during the event; no restrooms will be available  
  • Wear face covering (required) 

Register to participate  

Register to attend the celebration and reserve your gift box no later than Tuesday, June 16 (deadline extended).  

Students who will complete a certificate or degree in summer or fall 2020 are eligible to participate in the celebration on June 18, though their name will not appear in the official printed materials. They may register for a gift box. 

Event photos  

Event photographers from 1000 Word Events will capture images throughout the Celebration of Graduates, and photos will be available to graduates free-of-charge and available post-event.

Celebration Event FAQs

Program or Certificate Completion FAQs

Resources

Apply to Receive Certificate or Degree
2018 Ceremony Video

Location

Lakewood Campus
Thursday, June 18
4-6 pm

Details

Registration
Driving Directions

Contact

Celebration Coordinator
Cal Erwin-Svoboda
cal.erwin@cptc.edu
253-589-5644

Credentials & Student
Completion Specialist

evaluator@cptc.edu
253-589-6003

 

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