UPDATE (April 1)
As COVID-19 continues to spread, affecting every aspect of our lives, we have made the difficult decision to move Commencement to a virtual format. We are committed to finding creative ways to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020. The organizing committee is currently working on a plan to develop a celebration that appropriately recognizes the success of our graduates. 

Information on this page will change in the coming days.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Your hard work, dedication, and commitment has paid off. Refer to this page in the months ahead to learn more about your big day!
All graduation candidates are required to apply to walk in the ceremony.

Commencement 2020
Date: Thursday, May 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Virtual

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
  2. Turn in your paperwork and pay the registration fee. (Note: the fee increases after Friday, April 24)
  3. Purchase your cap and gown.
  4. Celebrate your success!

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

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


Order your cap, gown, and tassel

Order your cap, gown, and tassel for $34.50, plus tax. Extra and souvenir tassels are $4.50, plus tax. (Prices subject to change.)
Go to to order cap and gown by March 31, 2020!

Our gown color is royal blue, though the photo on the website may show a different color. You can pick up your order at the Downtown Campus Store beginning May 1, 2020.

Miss the deadline for ordering online? No problem! You can purchase your cap and gown at the Downtown Campus Store beginning May 1, 2020.

Commencement Rehearsal
Attention Walkers: Know before you go!
Rehearsal Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Bates Technical College, South Campus Auditorium, Rm E102/E103.

There is no need to wear your cap and gown for rehearsal.


Other Details

Graduates must arrive at the Tacoma Dome by 5:15 p.m. Parking (general and disabled) is $15 in the Dome parking lots. Please note: Balloons and cameras (other than cell phones) will NOT be allowed in the Tacoma Dome. Reasonable accommodations will be provided by the Tacoma Dome staff for persons with disabilities. For more information, please contact the Tacoma Dome at 253.272.3663 or visit Tickets are not required to attend.
Please note: Names may not appear in the program if a student applies to walk in the commencement ceremony after April 24, 2020.

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/or a diploma application to apply for their high school diploma. 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 M210, 253.680.7046.

Official Twitter hashtag for Commencement: #BTCgrad2020
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. #BTCgrad 2020

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