Commencement Information

STILL TIME: Commencement 2015 Applications Available

The college’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony is Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.  Please note, students who plan to walk in the ceremony need to complete the commencement registration; go to  for the form and additional commencement information. Copies of the registration (and credential application) form are available the Downtown Registration Office (M210); Central Campus Front Desk; South Campus, Student Services Center (A115); or in the Diversity Center.  The fee for applying to walk is $22.50 prior to April 15. The fee after this date is $35.50. (The fee does not include cap and gown.) Apply early to ensure your name is included in the commencement program.

Are you a Veteran graduate who will be walking in the Bates’ Commencement Ceremony on May 28th?  Would you like to be recognized for your military service with the presentation of a Bates Challenge Coin? If your answer is “yes” to both of these questions, please remember to “check the box” at the bottom of your yellow “Commencement Registration Form” indicating the branch of the military service, turn it in no later than April 30th and you will be honored with a coin at commencement to thank you for your service and congratulate you as a Veteran graduate!

Order your cap, gown and tassel

Graduates can order their cap, gown, and tassel package at approximately $20, plus tax, online through Thursday, April 9 . Extra tassels are $3.20, plus tax. (Prices subject to change.)

Order Your Regalia Here

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.

Miss the deadline for ordering? No problem! Starting May 11, you can purchase your regalia through the Campus Stores at a slightly higher price.

Learn more:

Diversity and Student Life

Bates Bot Club

You are invited to join our Bates robotic club every Thursday at 11:15 am in Downtown campus BioMed program Building E102. All interested are welcome. Please call 253-680-7212 if you have any questions. Thank you.

Scholarship Opportunity

Educational Scholarships for Women

The Washington State Business and Professional Women’s (WSBPW) Foundation is offering several different scholarships (from $500 to $1,000) for women.  Eligibility requirements include: woman student and a U.S. citizen; meet age requirements for specific scholarship; accepted into a program at an accredited school in WA state; demonstrate scholastic ability; and be in need of financial assistance.  The WSBPW scholarship packet may be received by contacting please use “scholarship” in subject line. Or request one from Kat in the diversity center.  Application deadline is May 1, 2015.    +

Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) Scholarship

The David I. Coren Memorial Scholarship program is for students enrolled full-time in the power generation industry for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Up to eight scholarships will be awarded in the amount of 2,500. Deadline is May 1, 2015. Students applying for a scholarship for the first time can click here to download a copy of the Application. Go to for more information.

Jobs Update

The Washington State Department of Transportation has a new pooling job posting for the following position:  Maintenance Technician 2 In-Training.  The posting will be up until 6/30/15 for candidates to apply. WSDOT will pull from the candidate pool as the maintenance technicians positions become available based on what the candidates complete as their areas of interest. For questions call 206-440-4028.

2014-2015 Spring Quarter Dates

May 4              Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript

May 29            Last day of the quarter