Commencement

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Downtown Campus

Sharri Huey
Student Services
253.680.7003

Commencement Photo

Congratulations, class of 2014!

Your hard work, dedication and commitment has paid off. Refer to this page in the months ahead to learn more about your big day!


At the end of Spring Quarter, Bates will hold its seventy-fourth commencement ceremony to celebrate our graduates.

All graduation candidates are encouraged to apply to walk in the ceremony (pdf).

Commencement 2014

Date: Friday, May 30 
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall

Apply to walk:

If you are eligible for graduation, please follow the steps below to ensure your participation in this year's Commencement ceremony.

  1. Complete a Commencement Registration Form (pdf).
  2. Turn in your paperwork and pay the registration fee.
  3. Purchase your cap and gown.
  4. Celebrate your success!

Students can pick up commencement registration forms from the following locations during Spring Quarter:

  • Downtown Campus, Registration Office, M210
  • Central Campus, Front Desk
  • South Campus, Student Services, A115

Ordering your cap, gown, tassels and announcements

You can prepay for a cap, gown, and tassel package at $33.50, plus tax, at either the South or Downtown Campus Store. Extra tassels are $6, plus tax.

The gowns will be delivered to the downtown store the week prior to commencement. South Campus orders will be delivered to the South Campus Store for pickup.

Gowns are one size fits all, and are sized by height, in two-inch increments. For example, 5'2"-5'4". The Downtown Campus Store will sell announcements and envelopes at $1 per announcement set.

Commencement Rehearsal

Attention Walkers: Know before you go.
Please attend the commencement rehearsal Wednesday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m. in the Downtown Campus Auditorium. Contact Sharon Netter, 253.680.7370 if you have any questions about the rehearsal.

Other Details

Graduates must arrive at the exhibition hall by 5:15 p.m. If you or your guests require special needs, please contact Disability Support Services at 253.680.7012. Parking (general and disabled) is $10 in the Dome parking lots. No balloons inside the exhibition hall please.

Learn more about parking in Downtown Tacoma.

If you or your family member has a disability and needs a reasonable accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services at 253.680.7013, 253.680.7045 - TTY no later than April 1, 2014. We will attempt to meet a request received after that date, however the requested auxiliary aid or service may not be available because of insufficient time to arrange it. An interpreter will be present.

Please check this site frequently as information is updated when it becomes available. Direct inquiries to Sharri Huey, 253.680.7003.

**Please note names may not appear in the program if a student applies to walk in the commencement ceremony after April 30.**

How to apply for your credential, degree or certificate

After you have completed your program and have earned your credential, degree or certificate, students must complete a Credential Application to apply for their paper credential.

Students apply for their credential so the college can verify the information, award it in the student management system, and order the degree from the vendor for printing.

For more information, please contact the Registration Office, Downtown Campus, Room M210. 

Official Twitter hashtag for Commencement: #BTCgrad14
Use the official Twitter hashtag to connect with other families, alumni and students during the Commencement Ceremony. So, what's a hashtag? A hashtag is a basic phrase you can use within Twitter to link your update with others on the same topic.

Talk about your experience at Bates, the speakers, and the joy and excitement of seeing your friend or family member graduate from Bates Technical College!

Follow us @BatesTechnical#BTCgrad14