Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

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 required to apply to walk in the ceremony.

Commencement 2019

Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Tacoma Dome (please be sure to read the Tacoma Dome’s 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 
  2. Turn in your paperwork and pay the registration fee.  (Note: the fee increases after Friday, April 26th)
  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 
By reserving online, you will receive a $5 discount on your purchase! Order your cap, gown, and tassel for $34.50(regular price, discounted price is $29.50), plus tax. Extra and souvenir tassels are $4.50, plus tax. (Prices subject to change.)

Go to to order cap and gown by March 30, 2019!
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 around May 1, 2019.

Miss the deadline for ordering on line?
No problem!  You can purchase your cap and gown at the Downtown Campus Store beginning May 1, 2019 (while supplies last).

Commencement Rehearsal

Attention Walkers: Know before you go.
Please attend the commencement rehearsal on May 29, 2019 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. You do not need to wear your cap and gown.

Rehearsal Date: May 29, 2019

Location: Bates Technical College, Auditorium – A130A, Downtown Campus

Other Details

Graduates must arrive at the Tacoma Dome by 5:30 p.m.  Parking (general and disabled) is $15 in the Dome parking lots. No balloons inside the dome 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 253.680.7012, no later than April 19, 2019. A request received after that date may be accommodated, however the requested auxiliary aid or service may not be available because of insufficient time to arrange it.  Interpreters will be present.

Please check this site frequently as information is updated when it becomes available. Direct inquiries to 253.680.7370.

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 26, 2019**

How to apply for your credential, degree or certificate

Students must complete a Credential Application to apply for their actual diplomas and certificates.

Diplomas 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: #BTCgrad19

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#BTCgrad19