The main ceremony at 8 a.m. on Friday morning is an all-campus commencement that is attended by all university leadership. During this ceremony, awards are presented, degrees are conferred upon each of the classes, and the PhD graduates are hooded.
A convocation is a more intimate ceremony for a particular school, college or program (i.e. Nursing, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy) during which individual recognition is given to the graduates. 3
Yes, you must register for the ceremony as well as apply to graduate. Registering for the ceremony confirms your participation and reserves your cap and gown.12
Graduates can pick up regalia in Ed 2 North, Room 1304, on Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Regalia (hoods and gowns) must be returned to the same location by 2 p.m. on Friday.4
Diplomas may be given out only after the degree is awarded. Degrees are awarded once all grades have been posted and the program has approved the awarding of the degree. As long as there are no holds on the student’s account, diplomas may be picked up from Diana Warren in the Office of the Registrar (Education II, Room 3207) Monday-Friday, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m., and again 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Please make sure to bring legal photo identification - credit cards are not a valid form of identification.
If the graduate wishes to have a friend or family member pick up their diploma, they must provide a signed letter which includes student name, student identification number, type of degree and when it was awarded. The letter must specifically state the student is giving the Office of the Registrar permission to release the diploma to the designated person. The person picking up the diploma will need to provide bring identification with them when they pick up the graduate’s diploma.
If a graduate wishes to have their diploma mailed, please send a signed written request along with payment for mailing to:
Office of the Registrar
c/o Diana Warren
13120 E. 19th Ave.
Campus Box A054
Aurora, CO 80045
If a note does not contain a signature, the diploma cannot be released. On the request please include the graduate’s student identification number, printed mailing address, and name (in addition to the graduate’s signature), specify the type of degree that was awarded and when it was awarded.
Diplomas mailed within the United States are mailed Certified Mail which will require a signature upon receipt.
Please include a check or money order made out to 'University of Colorado' in the amount of $15 for addresses within the United States or a U.S. territory and $42 for addresses in Canada. Contact Diana Warren at email@example.com
for the cost of mailing to other international destinations.
Free parking is available on Thursday and Friday. To ease traffic congestion and assist our Parking and Transportation staff, we recommend that you park closest to the site of the convocation that you will be attending. If you plan to attend the main ceremony and a convocation, we still recommend parking close to the convocation site.
Please refer to the following parking maps for the available lots each day.
Handicapped parking is available with a valid, state-issued placard or license plate in all visitor lots on campus. On Friday, additional ADA spaces are available in the Ignacio, Georgetown and Kiowa lots.
There is no rehearsal for the main ceremony. Some schools/programs do hold rehearsals for their convocations. Please contact your program for details about convocations.
At the main ceremony, graduates take seats in rows designated by degree type prior to the ceremony. There is no processional.
PhDs are hooded on stage individually at the main ceremony. For the other degrees, one graduate is selected to accept the diploma on behalf of his or her class while the others stand to have the degree conferred upon them. 8