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Graduation

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 2021. Make sure you read all of this information thoroughly and follow each of the steps noted below.

If the college is unable to host an in-person ceremony in 2021 due to the ongoing public health crisis, an on-campus celebration of graduates will be held in its place on June 22. The college administration will announce a decision about the June 2021 ceremony no later than March 2021.

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 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 22 Commencement Ceremony.

Proceed to Step 2 to register.

Step 2: RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony

The 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be on Tuesday, June 22 at the Tacoma Dome Arena at 6:30 p.m. Save the date postcards will be sent to eligible students in April 2021. If the college is unable to host a ceremony at the Tacoma Dome Arena in 2021 due to the ongoing public health crisis, an on-campus celebration of graduates will be held in its place on June 22. 

To ensure that your name is in the official graduation program, our credentials evaluator must go through your transcript and verify that CPTC can award you your degree or certificate. As such, students must complete a Degree/Certificate Application by Tuesday, June 1. 

Commencement Ceremony RSVP

RSVP for the Graduation Ceremony by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Students that miss the June 1 deadline will need to register onsite at the Tacoma Dome to participate in the ceremony. 

Students who will be completing their degree during summer or fall quarters 2021 are eligible to participate in the June 2021 ceremony though their names and credentials will not appear in the official printed materials. 

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 current academic year.

Since the college did not hold a commencement ceremony last spring due to COVID-19, the Class of 2020 will be invited to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

Students who will be completing their degree during summer or fall quarters 2021 are eligible to participate in the June 2021 ceremony though their names and credentials will not appear in the official printed materials. To ensure that your name is in the official graduation program, students must complete a Degree/Certificate Application by Tuesday, June 1.

Commencement Ceremony Details

This year’s 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Tacoma Dome Arena on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5:15 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

Arrival Times

Graduates should arrive to Tacoma Dome Arena no later than 6:00 pm on June 22. The Tacoma Dome Arena doors will open at 5:15 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 Tuesday, June 1. 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 in May for approximately $28.98 + tax (bundle price). 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.  A form will be available in May 2021 for students to submit a request for a free gown rental on a first come, first served basis. Students will be notified by Friday, June 31 of the status of their request for a loaner gown. Rental gowns will be available for pick-up between June 8-17. 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 Student LIfe Staff at involvement@cptc.edu or 253-589-5780.

Register to Attend

To ensure that your name is in the official graduation program, our credentials evaluator must go through your transcript and verify that CPTC can award you your degree or certificate. As such, students must complete a Degree/Certificate Application by Tuesday, June 1.

RSVP for the Graduation Ceremony by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Students that miss the June 1 deadline will need to register onsite at the Tacoma Dome to participate in the ceremony.

Students who will be completing their degree during summer or fall quarters 2021 are eligible to participate in the June 2021 ceremony though their names and credentials will not appear in the official printed materials.

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