Graduation - Commencement

Graduation Guide

Congratulations, you made it! Here, you'll find all the information you need for the commencement ceremony in June.

May 31 - Caps and gowns will be available for pick up at the Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom Bookstores. There is no fee for these items. You may choose the size when you pick up the cap and gown. There are no pre-measurements required.

Commencement Day and Time

Date: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: Starts at 2:30 p.m. (Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.)
Location: Main arena at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St., Tacoma.

No tickets are required for admission.

Commencement Program

Students that are graduating and wish to have their name printed in the commencement program must submit their Degree and Diploma Application form to the Evaluations Office by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016. Students applying after that date are still eligible to participate, however their name will not appear in the program.

Directions to the Tacoma Dome:

From Olympia on I-5 going north.
Take Exit 133. Follow ramp on East 26th St. Take a right. Tacoma Dome signs will direct you to parking lots.

From Seattle on I-5 going south
Take Exit 135. The ramp will put you on East 27th Street. Tacoma Dome signs will direct you to parking lots.

There is an $10 parking fee per vehicle, so we recommend you and your guests carpool, if possible.

See the Tacoma Dome website for directions and more parking information.

Event accessibility information

The Tacoma Dome is readily accessible for individuals with disabilities. Wheelchair seating is available in the upper guest seating area. Ushers will assist you.

American Sign Language interpreters will be provided during the commencement ceremony.

To request disability accommodation for students and or guests, please contact the Access and Disability Services Office no later than June 3, 2016: Fort Steilacoom: 253-964-6468/V or; Puyallup: 253-840-8335 or


Attendance at graduation is encouraged, but not required. Diplomas are not issued at the ceremony. Official Diplomas will be mailed directly to the graduate approximately 10-12 weeks after the quarter in which requirements have been completed and verified.

NOTE – The College and Tacoma Dome cannot assume responsibility for your personal belongings nor for lost or stolen items. Please make arrangements for family members or your guests to care for your personal belongings during the ceremony. In addition, guests (including children) are not allowed to sit with or participate in the ceremony with graduates. Please ensure all children are supervised by family members or friends during the ceremony.

Graduation Evaluation
Voice: (253) 964-6678