No, you do not have to attend. Commencement is an optional activity to celebrate the completion of your degree. A fee is charged to those students who do opt to participate to help offset the costs of producing the ceremony.
Diplomas are mailed to graduates approximately two months after the end of the semester. Diploma addresses can be updated via the student portal. 12
Yes, these are two separate things. Applying to graduate is required to receive your diploma and transcript. Registering for the ceremony allows you to request your cap and gown and confirms your participation in the ceremony.2
Yes, you are required to rent a cap and gown for the ceremony. Graduation gowns vary significantly in quality and appearance. Willsie Cap & Gown is the only approved supplier of regalia for the university and has been selected on the basis of the quality of their products. To ensure that all graduates are wearing the appropriate regalia and are dressed uniformly, we do not allow you to opt out of renting regalia. If you have regalia that you believe is appropriate for your degree and meets the university's standards, please contact the Commencement Office at 303-315-2113 to schedule a time to have your regalia approved.
Contact Diane Phillips at Willsie Cap & Gown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-273-7729 to ask about buying regalia. Graduates who purchase regalia will register normally. The rental fee will be applied to your purchase. 4
For Bachelor's and Master's degree students, the answer is yes. Students earning Bachelor's and Master's degree may register and walk in the ceremony before all degree requirements have been completed, but your name will appear in the commencement program only if you have been approved to graduate. Doctoral students must defend their dissertations before they can be hooded in the ceremony and may not participate until the doctoral program is officially complete.5
Yes, you can still participate in the ceremony. You will need to go to cap and gown pick-up (Friday, December 13 from 1pm to 7pm in Lobby F of the Colorado Convention Center) to rent your cap and gown and pay the commencement fee. Please note that all on-site payments must be made in cash and will include a $25 late fee. 6
No, guests do not need tickets. General seating is first-come, first-served. However, tickets are issued for ADA seating for guests who are hearing-impaired, vision-impaired or in wheelchairs.7
You may request tickets for ADA seating during the online ceremony registration process. Each graduate has the opportunity to request up to 8 tickets for this seating section. If you have already completed your registration, please contact the Commencement Office at 303-315-2113 or email@example.com. 8
No, we do not hold a rehearsal for the graduates. You need only follow the instructions of your faculty marshals.9
Honors cords are distributed by the advising offices. If you believe that you are eligible for honors and have not received information, please contact your advising office.10
The Commencement Office can provide graduates with an electronic letter of invitation for family applying for a visa to enter the United States. To request a letter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, degree information, the names of all family members AND their relationship to you (i.e. mother, father, uncle, etc.) and the city and country of the embassy or consulate where the visa application interview will be scheduled. Letters can take up to a week to produce, so please allow sufficient time.11
Yes, every student has his or her name read upon crossing the stage to receive a diploma cover and have a picture taken.13
The fall ceremony is approximately 2 hours.14