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Graduate School at University of Colorado Denver

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Student Services

Events and Workshops

There are various events and workshops available on both campuses.

Anschutz Medical Campus

Thesis Seminar

In response to the needs of graduate students, the Graduate School recently conducted a Thesis Seminar.  The purpose of the seminar is to discuss graduation preparations, thesis specifications, proper format requirements, specifications regarding the presentations of large tables and figures, and other such issues related to the thesis.  In 2012 the seminar was recorded and is available online.  The following three handouts also accompany the seminar.

You will need Microsoft Silverlight on your computer in order to access the video file.  If you do not have this program, you will be prompted to load it.  It is freeware and compatible with MAC and PC.  

Becoming a Teacher Workshop

If you are a graduate student, it is likely that teaching lies in your future. The Becoming a Teacher Workshop is held annually in the late summer or early fall. It is conducted by two extraordinary academics – Anne Curzan, PhD and Lisa Damour, PhD, co-authors of the acclaimed book First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Teaching. Drs. Curzan and Damour conduct a workshop that will provide you with an in-depth discussion of a variety of practical and professional issues confronting beginning teachers.

Campus Life – Activities and Events

The University of Colorado Denver campuses seek to provide students with opportunities to experience various activities and events outside the classroom. These opportunities are in the area of social, educational, cultural and recreational events and are ever changing. Further information can be found on the campus life site above.

Graduation Ceremony

The Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate School graduates students in May, August and December, but only has one formal graduation ceremony in May each year. The graduation ceremony is actually a day of many ceremonies. In an effort to assist you in planning and deciding what ceremony(ies) are best for you to attend, we have designed the following table:

Ceremony Applies To Who Should Attend
Commencement All students on campus All students
Graduate School Convocation MS and PhD students PhD students who graduated in Aug, Dec and May grads that defend before April 1; all MS students except nursing (see CON below)
College of Nursing Convocation All nursing students MS and PhD nursing students
School of Public Health Convocation Students in SOPH MS and PhD students in BIOS, EPID, HSVR
School of Medicine Convocation MD and MD/PhD students MSTP students at the time they receive their MD

As a reminder, PhD students are only invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony and Graduate School Convocation if they defend on or before April 1 and submit the final thesis to the Graduate School on or before the final deadline for the May graduation cycle or 60 days after defense, whichever comes first.

There are two ceremonies on Friday that impact most Graduate students - the main Commencement Ceremony in the quad and the Graduate School Convocation in the Education 2 South Auditorium. Here is a breakdown of what to do and where to be for that morning.


This ceremony takes place at 8:00 a.m. in the Education Quad between the Education 1 and 2 buildings. The PhD seats are in the first two to three rows on the west side. Master’s degree students are seated by program behind the doctoral degree students. The seating chart will be made available on the graduation website as it is developed. All PhD students and a representative of all other graduating groups are invited to go across stage at this ceremony. You may invite as many guests as you wish.

Graduate School Convocation

This ceremony takes place in the Education 2 South Auditorium from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Graduate School Convocation is a more informal ceremony. The informal structure of this ceremony allows us to enjoy the occasion in a more relaxed atmosphere. At the Graduate School Convocation, all PhD and MS students are individually recognized and go across stage. PhD students are also hooded by their faculty advisor. Graduating May PhD students receive their diploma on stage at the ceremony. MS students receive their diploma just after the conclusion of the ceremony. This ceremony provides a good opportunity for photos. A reception follows the ceremony.

Cap and Gown

All students must be in regalia in order to participate in graduation ceremonies. AMC faculty hooders for PhD participants must also be in regalia. Students and faculty will receive emails in early February regarding registering for graduation events. At that time, you can also order academic regalia. PhD students should also make arrangements with their faculty advisor to register for graduation and order regalia for the ceremony(ies). Faculty will receive graduation registration emails as well. Regalia pick-up will be the Wednesday and Thursday before graduation.


On the graduation website you will find a map showing the Commencement and Convocation locations and parking.


Denver Campus

College Teaching 101

This class is offered to PhD/EdD students. Participants will create an action plan for an upcoming (or dream) teaching assignment, and construct course components (such as sections of a syllabus, assessment tool, and so on). The Center for Faculty Development (CDF) provides participants with resources to help them plan their courses on their own.


Students graduating in May are invited to attend the May commencement. If your name is on the May tentative graduation list, you will automatically receive information about commencement (time, place, caps, gowns, diplomas, etc.) by the middle of March, but only if your "Intent to Graduate" is received on time.

Contact the Office of the Registrar at 303-556-2389 if you do not receive information by the times indicated above.


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