Commencement, Spring 2016

Five things to know for Fall Commencement

Quick facts to help you prepare for Dec. 15 at the Convention Center

November 20, 2018

You’ve worked hard inside and outside the classroom, and now your big day is quickly approaching:

Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Hall A

For many graduates, commencement is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so there might be some important pieces of information they are not aware of about the day. Before walking across the stage, here are five things every graduating Lynx should know:

1. All students must register to participate in the ceremony.

Applying to graduate is different from registering for the ceremony! Applying to graduate lets the Office of the Registrar know to prepare your diploma, while registering for commencement reserves your cap and gown and signs you up to receive information about the ceremony. Registering for the ceremony also informs us that you’ll be attending the ceremony and how many chairs we need to set up. The last day to register without incurring late fees is Nov. 30.

2. All graduates must remain seated for the entire ceremony.

Commencement is an exciting day for everyone in your graduating class, as well as for graduates’ families. Help celebrate all of their achievements by staying seated for the entire ceremony. The ceremony will last roughly two hours, so plan to be at the Convention Center until approximately 11:30 a.m. Make your lunch reservations accordingly!

3. Tickets are not required for guests at the ceremony, and there is no rehearsal.

Seating is first-come, first-served. In other words, the early bird gets the worm … or the best parking spot, a coffee and the best seat next to the giant screen. Bring as many guests as you’d like, and please contact the Commencement Office if any of your guests require Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations. We’ll then be able to save seats for them. Also, since there is no rehearsal for the ceremony, keep an eye on your email for details on what to expect the morning of Dec. 15!

4. Commencement is a snow-or-shine event.

Come prepared for the Colorado elements, and be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot. If severe weather occurs, and a delay needs to be implemented, you will be notified of an updated plan by 6 a.m. commencement morning. Keep an eye out on the email account you used to register for notifications.

5. Tag your photos with #CUDenverGrad to share your memories.

Two women hugging at graduation

Over 8,000 people attend the ceremony to celebrate graduates. Use #CUDenverGrad before, during and after the ceremony, and your photos and tweets could be highlighted on the big screen! GradImages will be at commencement to capture all of the official photos, so you can tell your family not to worry. The professional photographers will capture photos of you with your diploma cover as well as the handshake. You can expect the proofs to arrive in your email inbox within five business days after the ceremony.

With this information in mind, you’ll be better prepared for the big day. Don’t forget: Commencement begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, in Hall A at the Colorado Convention Center. We’ll see you there!

For additional information, please contact the Commencement Office at 303-315-2113 or

Guest contributor: Kelly Mason, assistant director of events