Celebrate Your Success.

What: Commencement Ceremony 2024
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Tacoma Dome | 2727 E D St, Tacoma WA 98421

Application to participate is now live! 

Commencement rehearsal

Know before you go.
Please attend the commencement rehearsal:

When: May 29, 2024 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Downtown Campus Auditorium

You do not need to wear your cap and gown to rehearsal.

Questions? Email Sharon Netter at

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For more information, please visit the Tacoma  Dome webpage. 

Livestream the Commencement Ceremony

The college’s Media Production and Communications program will live stream the event on the college’s YouTube channel. Please invite your friends and family who cannot attend in person to attend online.

How do I participate?
  • April 20, 2024Last day to complete the application and have your name appear in the program. 
  • April 30, 2024: Last day to pay your application fee before $10 increase.
  • May 8, 2024: Last day to order cap and gown.
Other details
  • Graduates must arrive prepared at the Tacoma Dome, by no later than 5:30 p.m. on May 30, 2024. 
  • Tickets are not required for guests, and there is no limit to the number of guests you invite.
  • Parking (general and disabled) is approximately $15 in the Dome parking lots.
  • No balloons inside the Dome, please.
  • American Sign Language interpreters will interpret during the ceremony. If you or your family member has a disability and needs accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services at 253.680.7012, no later than April 15, 2024.

Questions? Email Cynthia Guidi at

Your name will appear in the program if you apply to participate before Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Order your cap, gown and tassel


  • Order your cap, gown and tassel online before TBD
  • Go to Jostens and click on “ShopYourSchool”. Enter “Bates Technical College”.
  • Click on the picture of the cap and gowns, and click the “Student” option in the popup box, and you will be taken to the order page.
  • To check out, review the height/weight details and submit via the “Continue as Guest” option. You will receive a confirmation after your order is placed. Please keep this on hand in case there is an issue.


  • All students receive a navy blue gown and a navy blue cap.
  • All students will receive a navy blue and gold tassel with a ’24’ year date.
  • Students will need to select their height and enter their weight to ensure they receive the right size gown. Please ensure these details are accurate before placing your order on the ‘checkout’ page.
  • If you choose to order personalized graduation cards, they will ship separately.

About Jostens

Customer Service: 1-800-854-7464, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Time. Expedited orders are not guaranteed and will include $20 express fee.

GradImages Photography

Please allow 2-3 weeks post Commencement Ceremony to process GradImages photography. You can go to GradImages to access your photos when they are ready.

How to apply for your credential, degree, certificate, or diploma

Students must complete a Credential Application to apply for their actual degrees and certificates and send their completed forms to Students must complete a Diploma Application to apply for their high school diploma. Diploma Applications are available from your High School Advisor. Degrees and certificates are not distributed at commencement. All credentials are received through regular mail.

For more information, please contact the Registration Office, Downtown Campus, Room A210, 253.680.7046.

Questions? We’re here to help.

Contact Cynde Guidi, admin asst.,, 253.680.7099

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