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Spring 2018 Commencement

Saturday June 16, 2018
TCC Health and Wellness Center, Bldg. 20
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Commencement is a special time for us to celebrate our amazing students. Last year, we were thrilled to host Commencement on our campus at the new Health & Wellness Center. This year, to continue to host Commencement on our campus, and to accommodate our students’ wish to invite more friends and families to attend, we are hosting two Commencement ceremonies.

Degree and certificate recipients and their families and friends will attend one ceremony or the other, based on their academic program:

10am (Graduates should plan to arrive at least one hour before the ceremony they will attend.)

Associate in Applied Sciences Degrees:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Medical and Health Services
  • Health Information Technology
  • Human Services
  • Networking & Cyber Security
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal
  • Radiologic Science
  • Respiratory Therapy

Associate in Biology

Associate in Business

Associate in Computer Science

Associate in Pre-Nursing

Associate in Science

Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees

Career Training Program Certificates

2pm (Graduates should plan to arrive at least one hour before the ceremony they will attend.)

Associate in Arts

High School Diploma

Associate in Music

Graduate Arrival Times

Graduates should plan to arrive at least one hour before the ceremony they will attend.


Each graduate will be awarded a minimum of six tickets. Tickets can be picked up at the May 30 Grad Fair, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Building 11. When you pick up your tickets, you have the option to request additional tickets. If you can’t pick up your tickets at Grad Fair, they’ll be upstairs in Building 11 starting the day after Grad Fair.

Additional tickets can be requested through June 8. A lottery to distribute extra tickets will be held June 11. Students will be notified about their extra tickets by email. We ask that students make every effort to pick them up from the OSE office in Building 11 that day, but if you can’t make it, we can hold your tickets at Will Call.

Will Call tickets should be picked up at least 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. After that, TCC reserves the right to distribute unclaimed tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. 

If there are additional tickets after extra tickets have been distributed via lottery, they will be divided between the ceremonies and distributed on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Two classrooms in Building 20 will be available for overflow seating, and the ceremony will be live-streamed.


Free Commencement parking will be available on campus. Signage will be posted, and parking lot attendants will be on hand to assist guests.


A Darel Roa Photography will be at the ceremony to take photos. Please fill out the photo order form in advance.


Questions about parking, volunteering, reserving extra tickets, or other Commencement-related issues? Read our FAQ.  

Grad Fair

Mark your calendars for Grad Fair – this is the time to pick up your tickets and cap and gown, ask questions and clarify anything you need. Grad Fair is being held from 11am-1pm, May 30, in the Student Center and Bookstore.

Steps to Graduation

Graduation is the completion of degree requirements and submittal of the degree application. Degrees may be completed in Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters. Once your degree has been granted it will be posted to your TCC transcript.

Commencement is a formal ceremony honoring student degree completion. TCC holds a Commencement ceremony once a year in June.

Applying to Graduate

  • 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: Monday, May 1.

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 2017. Early Commencement students need to submit additional forms to request approval.

  1. The Early Commencement Form is now available at the Enrollment Services Front Counter, Bldg. 7.
  2. Submit the completed Early Commencement Form to the Enrollment Services Office, Bldg. 7, by May 17, 2018.
  3. You will be notified of approval by email.

Past Commencements

Watch the 2016 ceremony

2016 candid photos

Tacoma Community College congratulates the Class of 2016, celebrates their success, and wishes them well as they reach toward their new life goals.

Congratulations on all you've learned and thank you for all you've contributed to the TCC Community!

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