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Congratulations, graduates, 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 of the information thoroughly and complete all applicable steps noted below.

2024 Commencement Ceremony

This year’s 2024 commencement graduation ceremony will take place at the Tacoma Dome on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 6:30pm. The Arena is located at 2727 E D St. Tacoma, WA 98421.

Doors open at 5pm and the ceremony will start promptly at 6:30pm. The event is not ticketed.

More information about the ceremony, including the RSVP form, will come in early spring.

Apply for Graduation

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 physical degree and/or certificate.

Students should complete this degree/certificate application the 4th week of the quarter they will complete their program or certificate. Completing the Degree/Certificate Application does not register you for the annual Commencement Ceremony, please continue to officially RSVP for the ceremony.

Students completing their degree/certificate in Spring 2024 must submit a degree/certificate application by Friday, May 5. Students completing their degree/certificate in Summer 2024 must submit a degree/certificate application by Friday, July 28.

RSVP for the 2024 Commencement Ceremony

Though the priority RSVP deadline has passed, graduating students can still sign up to RSVP to the ceremony. The final RSVP deadline is Wednesday, June 5. Students can RSVP to the June 11 event by clicking here.

Please note, completing the RSVP form does not notify the credentials evaluator that you are completing your degree and/or certificate. Please make sure you also complete the Degree/Certificate Application noted above.

Graduation Information Session

Have questions about graduation? Join us for a graduation information session and get all of your questions answered!

  • Thursday, April 18 at 3pm in Building 23, Ballroom
  • Tuesday, April 30 at 3pm via Zoom

Tacoma Dome Details

Watch Commencement Live

The 2024 ceremony is scheduled to be live streamed for those who are unable to attend the event in person. 

Watch CPTC's 2024 Commencement Ceremony live on our YouTube channel. The live stream is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

While we do everything we can to ensure a great streaming experience for you, we cannot guarantee the absence of technological difficulties.

2024 Graduation Photos

Photos from the June 11, 2024 ceremony are now available at

Student Speaker & National Anthem Performer

The Graduation Committee is looking for 2024 graduates to represent the Class of 2024 as the Student Speaker and National Anthem Performer during this year's commencement ceremony. Interested? Complete a Student Speaker/Musical Performer Application form by April 26, 2024.

Caps & Gowns

A cap and gown are required to participate in the 2024 Commencement Ceremony. There are a couple of ways you can order your cap & gown.

Online Purchasing Options

  • Graduates can visit to purchase their graduation items. Please note, the online ordering is not available until March 14, 2024
  • Graduates can choose the ship to store option and can order March 14-April 19, 2024.
  • Graduates can choose the ship to home option and can order March 14-May 15, 2024. Shipping to home adds an additional $15.95 shipping charge.

In Store Purchasing Options

  • Graduates who prefer to order in store can do so May 28 - June 11, 2024.
  • The CPTC Bookstore is located on the Lakewood Campus in Building 23.


  • Graduates can purchase their cap, gown & tassel (bundle) for $33.98 plus tax
  • Cap only is $10.98 plus tax
  • Tassel only is $8.98 plus tax
  • Keyring is $8.98 plus tax

Questions about purchasing your graduation regalia at the CPTC Bookstore? Contact Kariena Mellor, Bookstore Manager, at or call 253-589-5614.

Wear It Forward

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. The Wear It Forward request form will be available starting April 8 and students will be notified by May 14 of the stats of their request. Students who receive a loaner gown will be able to pick them up in the Student Leadership & Service Center (SLSC) between May 20 - June 6. Please note, only gowns are provided - graduates must provide their own cap and tassel which can be purchased at the CPTC Bookstore. For quetsions about the Wear It Forward program, please contact Danny Lee at or 253-589-5644.

Event Photos

Professional photographers will be taking photos at this year's Commencement Ceremony. Each graduate participating in the ceremony will have the opportunity to have a posed photo commemorating the event. Graduates will be able to go to the 1000 Words Events website after the ceremony to view and save photos of the event at no cost.

Tacoma Dome Parking

The Tacoma Dome has parking lots located around the perimeter of the facility that can accomodate 1,100 cars.

There is no parking fee at the Tacoma Dome this year.

Alternate 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 new Freighthouse Square. The Tacoma Dome has built an official Uber Pickup/Dropoff Zone as an additional option for visitors.

Disability Accommodations

If you or your family members need any ADA accommodations to fully attend and/or participate in the commencement ceremony please contact Melissa Medina, Disabilities Services Manager at or 253-589-5767. To ensure accommodations will be in place prior to your arrival, please contact us by Tuesday, May 14 . We will do everything in our power to accommodate any requests that are submitted after the priority deadline.

Veteran's Cords

Students who are eligible to receive a Veterans Cord should contact Kenneth Bourque, Veteran Navigator, to pick up their cord.

Phi Theta Kappa Members

Members of Phi Theta Kappa may purchase the traditional Honor Stole at the PTK virtual store.



CPTC Commencement Ceremony FAQ's

Marching Order FAQ's

Program or Certificate Completion FAQ's

Honor Cord FAQ

Commencement Details

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 6:30pm

Doors open at 5pm

Commencement Location

Student RSVP Link

RSVP by Wednesday, June 5.

Venue Details


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