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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

The RSVP form for the 2024 ceremony will be available in early spring quarter.

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.

Tacoma Dome Details

Livestream the in-person event

The 2024 ceremony is planned to be live streamed for those who are unable to attend the event in person. The link for the live stream will be available as we get closer to the event date.

Student Speaker & National Anthem Performer

Are you interested in serving as the Student Speaker for the 2024 Commencement Ceremony? Are you interested in performing the National Anthem at this year's event? Applications will be available in early spring quarter for graduating students to complete and submit their interest in serving in either of the two roles noted above. 

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.

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.

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

Program or Certificate Completion FAQ's

Honor Cord FAQ

Commencement Details

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 6:30pm

Doors open at 5pm

Commencement Location

Venue Details



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