Parking information for Tacoma Dome

Parking details for the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall

Because parking at the Tacoma Dome can be difficult–especially with the potential of other events taking place at the same time as our Commencement ceremony, we encourage you to not only carpool, but to also park away from the Dome, around the Downtown Tacoma area, and ride the Link light rail to the Dome.

You can also consider parking at city-owned parking garages in Downtown TacomaClick here for a comprehensive map of all parking garages downtown.

If you want to take your special graduate out to eat before or after the ceremony, check out for a list of restaurants. You can get special coupons when you print this map.

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.

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 1, 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. 

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

Official Twitter hashtag for Commencement: #BTCgrad

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