Congratulations, you made it! Here, you'll find all the information you need for the commencement ceremony in June.
The ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013 in the main arena at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St., Tacoma. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m., when the graduates will begin lining up (signs will point you to the staging area). No tickets are required for admission.
Mary E. Fairhurst - State Supreme Court Justice
Elected in 2002, Mary Fairhurst began serving as a justice on the Washington Supreme Court in 2003. Before assuming the high court bench, she served the citizens of the state of Washington as a state assistant attorney general. She worked with Attorneys General Christine Gregoire and Ken Eikenberry. She specialized in the areas of criminal justice, transportation, revenue, and labor. When she left, she was serving as the Division Chief of the Revenue, Bankruptcy and Collections Division. In 1998, Attorney General Gregoire gave her Steward of Justice Award to Justice Fairhurst.
Currently she chairs the Judicial Information System Committee and chairs the Board for Judicial Administration's (BJA) Public Trust and Confidence Committee. She serves on the Supreme Court's Administrative Committee, Budget Committee, and chairs the Circulation Committee.
Throughout her career, Justice Fairhurst has worked to enhance the opportunities for women and minorities in the profession and to ensure access to justice for low-income individuals and families. She has served on the Supreme Court's Gender and Justice Commission and Access to Justice Board committees. Washington Women Lawyers has awarded her its President's Award, the Betty B. Fletcher Judge of the Year Award and Passing the Torch Award. LEGALS, P.S. gave her its Allies for Justice Award.
Justice Fairhurst earned her law degree magna cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1984. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science cum laude from Gonzaga University in 1979. She also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Gonzaga University in 2006. She received the Distinguished Judicial Service Award and Myra Bradwell Award from Gonzaga Law School. She was a member and served as president of the Gonzaga Law School Board of Advisors and served as president of the Gonzaga Law School Alumni Association.
You can pick up your free cap and gown at the college bookstores beginning May 28.
With your cap and gown you will receive a tassel for your cap, 5 free commencement announcements, and information regarding the ceremony. If you need additional announcements, they are available at the bookstores for 50 cents each.
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.
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.
Any disabled person requiring other auxiliary aides, services, or other accommodations should contact Pierce College Access and Disability Services via phone at (253) 964-6468 or via email at email@example.com at least two weeks prior to the ceremony.
Official diplomas will be mailed approximately 10 weeks after spring quarter grades are submitted and degree eligibility is verified. If you have moved or changed your name, please contact the evaluations office.
Voice: (253) 964-6678