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Commencement Information

Onward & Upward!

2016 graduation: Saturday, June 11

Congratulations on all you've learned and thank you for all you've brought to our TCC Community! Now we're ready to celebrate your big day with you... here are the details!

Applying to Graduate: Students must have completed the degree requirements for 2015-2016 school years (Summer 2015 through Spring 2016).

  • Meet with your academic advisor to review degree requirements and complete the degree application or certificate application.
  • Submit completed application to Enrollment Services, Bldg. 7.
  • Degree application deadline for Spring graduates: Thursday, April 28.

Cap, Gown, Tassels

  • Pre-order your graduation package (cap, tassel, gown). The Pre-Order Form will be available in March 2016.
  • Graduation packages (cap, tassel, gown) will be available for purchase in the TCC Bookstore beginning late May. Cost: TBD (plus tax)
  • Purchase honor cord at the TCC Bookstore.
    Cost: Honor - TBD, High Honor - TBD
  • Announcements may be purchased at the TCC bookstore.
  • If you are a financial aid recipient and cannot afford the cost of a cap and gown, please come to the Student Life Office (Bldg. 11) in May for assistance.
  • If you are a GED or High School 21+ graduate, you will be able to check out a cap and gown from the ABE Front Desk in Bldg. 7 in May.


Spring 2016 Commencement

  • 10 a.m. - Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway.
  • In mid-May, graduates will receive a postcard and email requesting them to RSVP their attendance to Commencement.  Submittal of your degree/certificate application is required to receive the mailing and email. All other Commencement information is online in your student portal (MY TCC).
  • No tickets are required to attend Commencement. Graduate check-in begins at 9 a.m. Doors open to guests at 9:15 a.m. 
  • Graduates who attend Commencement will be presented with a diploma cover. For those not planning to attend Commencement, a diploma cover may be purchased at the Bookstore.
  • The ceremony will be live video streamed here.

Early Commencement

Early Commencement is for students who will complete their degree requirements in the Summer Quarter but wish to participate in Commencement. Students must be within 2 courses (or 10 credits) of graduating and be registered for those classes for summer quarter 2014. Early Commencement students need to submit additional forms, Early Commencement Packet, to request approval.

  1. The Early Commencement Packet will be available in May at the Enrollment Services Front Counter, Bldg. 7.
  2. Complete ALL the required documents, obtain the necessary signatures and submit the completed packet to the Enrollment Services Office, Bldg. 7, by TBD.
  3. You will be notified of approval by email.


  • Graduates can purchase portrait packages provided by Darel Roa Photography. Portrait Package order form will be available in April.
  • Appointments can be made for Cap & Gown portraits prior to commencement in the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.
  • Commencement candids will also be captured as you cross the stage.
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