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Do my guests need tickets?

Yes. Every guest is required to have a ticket to enter the Dome. Each graduating student will be able to request up to ten guest tickets for the 2020 Commencement ceremony.  Please note only students registered for Commencement are eligible to receive tickets. More information on tickets.  

What time should guests arrive?

We recommend that guests arrive early to allow time for traffic and parking. The doors will open two hours before the ceremony.

Can my children/spouse/family sit with me during the ceremony?

No. Only graduating students, faculty and University staff are allowed on the main floor during the ceremony. Guests must remain in the bleachers throughout the ceremony.  Guests can then meet their graduates outside the Tacoma Dome following completion of the ceremony.  

When deciding whether to bring young children, please remember that all children are expected to remain seated during the ceremony (no running up/down stairs, in/out of the aisles) and to keep noise to a minimum. Childcare will not be available.

Can I bring my pet?

For safety purposes, animals (except certified service dogs) are not allowed in the Tacoma Dome.

I have guests coming from out of town. Where can I find a hotel?

Check the Tacoma Visitors Bureau website for places to stay and suggested restaurants for celebration dinners.