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Commencement Ceremony

Renton Technical College’s graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 26th at ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. Students should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m. For a map and driving directions, click here.

Commencement is a cap and gown affair. If you are eligible to attend commencement you will need to purchase a commencement packet from the RTC Bookstore. Commencement packets including cap, gown, tassel and six announcements will be available for purchase beginning May 14, 2014. The price for a packet will be $27.00 (includes sales tax). Students may purchase additional announcements in packets of four for $2.33 (includes sales tax).

Honors cords will be available for purchase in the Bookstore beginning May 14, 2014. Eligible students may purchase honors cords for $8.21 (includes sales tax).

For information about graduation photos, visit: Grad Images


When to Apply:

Apply early! Your Certificate and/or Degree application is to be submitted to the Enrollment Services counter the first week of the quarter you are scheduled to complete. * Applications are due the first week of spring quarter for students completing summer quarter.

There is a cut-off date to have your name printed in the commencement brochure. Students that have turned in their certificate and/or degree applications by May 9, 2014 will have their names printed in the commencement brochure.

How to Apply:

If you are earning a certificate, complete the Certificate Application and submit it to the Enrollment Services office.

If you are earning a degree, complete the Degree Application and submit it to the Enrollment Services Office.

*If you are earning both a certificate and a degree please submit one of each form.

*Failure to submit your application on time may result in your name being omitted from the commencement brochure.

*You can submit your request electronically online by clicking the “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the form. You will receive a response from the Credentials Evaluator acknowledging that your request was received.

What Happens After You Apply:

The Credentials Evaluator will review your coursework and post your certificate and/or degree once all final grades are posted to your transcript. Certificates and degrees will be mailed to the address provided on your application.

How to Graduate with Honors:

To earn graduation with honors, your cumulative GPA must be 3.70 or higher. For those who have not yet graduated and want to participate in commencement, the cumulative GPA will be determined at the end of spring quarter for purposes of the commencement ceremony.

How to Receive Your Certificate and/or Degree:

Your certificate and/or degree will be posted to your transcript after final grades are posted to your transcript.

Your certificate and/or degree will be mailed to you approximately 4 to 6 weeks after it is posted.

If you need proof of your completion for a job application, entrance to another college or funding agency you may order an Official Transcript once the completion is posted.

*Students with outstanding debts will not receive their certificate/degree until the debt is cleared.

How to Obtain a Replacement Certificate and/or Degree:

Complete the Certificate Application and/or the Degree Application and submit it to the Enrollment Services office.