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Five Things to Know About Fall 2022 Commencement

December 6, 2022

Whether you’re a student, family, faculty, or staff, here are five things you need to know for the Fall 2022 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the CU Denver Commencement website.  

1. Cap & Gown Pick-Up 

Ceremony regalia will be available for pick up Wednesday, Dec. 7 between 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 8 between 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in St. Cajetan’s on the Auraria Campus (just south of the King Center). Bring your registration confirmation or photo ID with you when picking up your cap and gown order. If someone else is picking up your order for you, please make sure they bring your confirmation. If you elected to ship your regalia to yourself, you do not need to attend cap and gown pick-up.  

Please Note: All graduates are required to wear Herff Jones custom regalia featuring CU colors. Graduates who arrive to commencement without this regalia will be asked to register with Herff Jones that day and will be charged a late fee.  

2. Graduate Check-In & Line Up 

Graduates must check in with their respective school or college in Exhibit Hall B at the Colorado Convention Center no later than 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 17 to prepare for the ceremony. Faculty marshals will begin lining up students for the procession at 8:30 a.m. We can’t stress enough how important it is to arrive at 7:45 a.m. It takes a long time to check in more than 900 graduates! The procession will begin promptly at 9 a.m.  

3. Guest Seating & Parking 

Seating for guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect approximately 7,000 people to attend the ceremony, so please advise your guests to arrive early to have time to park and find seats. Tickets are not issued for the general seating at the ceremony. If you requested seats for the disability-related seating section when you registered for the ceremony, have your guests check in at the ADA section and your name will be listed with the number of seats requested. Additional information about disability-related access can be found on our website.

Parking on Saturday is available in the Holly Lot on the Auraria Campus for a fee of $7.50. Please allow plenty of time to get to the Convention Center. RTD rail or bus lines provide another option for dropping off and picking up at the Convention Center. If you plan to use the train to get to campus, be sure to check rider alerts in advance for information about outages and delays. Additional parking options at Colorado Convention Center are available here.  

4. Ceremony Duration  

The ceremony will last approximately two and a half hours. In consideration of the audience and the significance of this event, all guests and graduates must remain seated for the entire ceremony. Please plan to be at the venue until at least 12 p.m. and make your post-ceremony plans accordingly.  

5. #CUDenverGrad, Livestream, and Virtual Toolkit 

Celebrate your accomplishments on social media! Use the hashtag #CUDenverGrad and join the commencement conversation before, during, and after the ceremony. The ceremony will be live streamed via YouTube and the link will be posted to the commencement website for your friends and family to celebrate with you from afar.  

Add some flair to your profiles, posts, lawns, and windows with our special #CUDenverGrad toolkit, which includes Zoom backgrounds, printable yard signs, and more for you and your loved ones. Download the toolkit here.  

Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you on Dec. 17.