2021 Graduation Celebration

Join us Thursday, June 10 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

We wish we could all be in the same space together, but as we continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, we invite extended family and friends to join us online as we celebrating our amazing Class of 2021. 

Tacoma Public Schools will also broadcast our graduation ceremony LIVE on Facebook and local cable TV. We invite students, families, past Tacoma Public Schools alum, and community members to join us online to share in these milestone events by sharing your congratulatory messages on the live feeds and with the hashtag #TPSGrad21. 

Important In-person Event Information

We ask that families carpool to the event to ensure there’s enough space for everyone in the parking lot. Attendants will direct traffic.

Admission and seating:
You may arrive up to 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Interns and graduates will have an opportunity to have their photo taken.

Entrance to our in-person event is by ticket only.

Graduates will be provided 2 tickets for immediate family to attend graduation in person at our Professional Development Center on on Thursday, June 10. Guest must sit together in a family groups maintaining six feet of social distancing from other family groups. 

11 a.m. Ceremony (Arrive by 10:15 a.m. for intern pictures.)

  • Amy Alcorn 

  • Deborah Lindsay

  • Kerri Sanders

1:30 p.m. Ceremony (Arrive by 12:45 p.m. for intern pictures.)

  • Cathy Sanderson

  • Amy Johnston

ADA-accessible seating will be available. People with disabilities will be able to sit with the group their graduate invited.

Professional Development Center (PDC) rules: 

Everyone attending must complete a TPS COVID attestation prior to arriving on the day of the event or on site. 

Everyone attending the ceremony must wear a mask.

High-heeled shoes, food and drinks other than water are not allowed in the auditorium.

After graduation:

After the ceremony, graduates will exit the auditorium first. Guests will follow. We are very pleased to be able to provide our seniors a graduation ceremony, but we must follow the state’s guidelines for health and safety, which prohibit people from congregating after a ceremony. Please find your graduate outside the auditorium and exit the parking lot as quickly as possible so the next group of graduates and guests can begin their celebration. 

Watch Graduation Live

Congratulations, CBT Class of 2021!

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​Sign up to receive Facebook notifications of LIVE graduation broadcasts

Graduations will be broadcast on the Tacoma Public Schools Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tacomaschools/. Remember to click "Like" and "Follow" on our Facebook page to receive notifications on your phone when the graduation starts.

For those who need closed captions, you can watch the Livestream on our district YouTube June 14, and on our website at http://bit.ly/tpstv25 for all other events. For local friends and family without internet service, ceremonies will be broadcast on KTPS TV Comcast Channel 26 or Click/Rainier Connect Channel 25.

Share your written words of Encouragement and Congratulations to the Class of 2021

Help us share 2021 messages of hope with our Class of 2021. Fill out the Class of 2021 form linked below and we'll share your messages of congratulations and encouragement in the comments of the graduation ceremony of your choice. 

Record a video message to share with your grad

We are asking alumni, faculty, staff, fellow students, family members, community leaders, corporate partners and friends of this year’s graduates to record a short video message to share with our graduating Class of 2021. This message can be for students — or for those in specific high schools.

We plan to share the final project on our Tacoma Schools' main social channels during this year’s commencement ceremony.

Instructions on Submitting a Video

Please follow the guidelines below.

In your recording, please respond to the following prompts:

  1. Tell us your name as well as your class year and school (if an alum), company, and title (if a corporate partner) or connection to the school. (I.e., I'm a Tiger, Class of 2001, Currently enlisted in the U.S. Army)
  2. Tell the graduating class why you’re so proud of them.
  3. Share advice on life after high school and what you love about being a part of your high school.
  4. Mail your video to gradvideo@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Please avoid mentioning COVID-19, and remember to keep your message positive and uplifting.

When taking your video, please:

  • Record your video horizontally.
  • Keep your congratulations to 15 seconds or less.
  • Position yourself facing a window or outside. If there are bright lights on behind you, please turn them off.
  • Look into the lens.
  • Tap your face on the phone so the camera will focus and expose correctly for your face.
  • Leave a little room above your head and aim to include at least your head and shoulders in the frame.
  • Record somewhere with limited background noise, so we can hear you clearly.
  • If possible, or helpful, ask someone to hold the camera for you.
  • Be sure to wear your school colors and show your pride!

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