Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

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 commencement ceremony to celebrate our graduates.

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

Commencement 2018

Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Tacoma Dome (please be sure to read the Tacoma Dome’s new security rules)

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 (to come).
  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

Order your cap, gown and tassel

From February 13 though April 3, you can order your cap, gown, and tassel at approximately $27.50, plus tax. Extra and souvenir tassels are $4.50, plus tax. (Prices subject to change.)

Go to to order soon!

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.

Commencement Rehearsal

Attention Walkers: Know before you go.
Please attend the commencement rehearsal the week of Commencement You do not need to wear your cap and gown.

Rehearsal Date: TBD

For more information, please contact the Registration Office, Downtown Campus, Room M210, 253.680.7046

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 $15 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, no later than April 24, 2017. 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 253.680.7003.

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 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: #BTCgrad18

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#BTCgrad18