Cap & Gown Pick-Up

Pre-ordered ceremony regalia will be available for pick up Wednesday, December 7th between 10am-7pm or Thursday, December 8th between 10am-5pm 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 will be 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 without this regalia will be asked to register with Herff Jones that day and will be charged a late fee.

Guest Seating

Seating for guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect approximately 8,000 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 tickets for the disability-related seating section when you registered for the ceremony, your printed tickets will reflect your guests’ access to this seating section. Additional information about disability-related access.

Ceremony Parking

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

Parking Options at Colorado Convention Center

Graduate Check-In & Line Up

Graduates must check in with their respective school or college in Exhibit Hall B no later than 7:45 am to prepare for the ceremony. Faculty marshals will begin lining up students for the procession at 8:30 am. We can’t stress enough how important it is to arrive at 7:45 am. It takes a long time to check in more than 1200 graduates. The procession will begin promptly at 9 am.

ALL Ph.D., EdD, and PsyD graduates will check in at the Doctoral Candidates table to receive reader cards and to be lined up for the processional (look for the Doctoral Candidates feather flag). Once checked in, Doctoral graduates will line up behind the Doctoral Candidate's banner. If you are a bachelor’s or master’s student in CAM, CAP, SPA, SEHD, CEDC, CLAS, or Business, please check in at your school or college table.

Ceremony Duration

The ceremony will last approximately two and a half hours. Considering 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 pm and make your post-ceremony plans accordingly.

Reader Cards

Your reader card is how your name will be announced as you cross the stage. It will be included in your cap and gown package at cap and gown pick up. Please bring your reader card with you to the ceremony. Bringing your reader card will allow you to bypass check in and proceed immediately to graduate line-up. If you lose your reader card, extras will be available at your school/college check-in table. Graduates who elected to ship their regalia to themselves will pick up their reader card at their school/college table the morning of the ceremony.

One side of the reader card has the name on it that you provided when you registered for the ceremony. You will hand this card to the presenter (name side up) on the stage to announce your name. If your name is difficult to pronounce, consider simplifying the spelling on the card to help the presenter read your name correctly. The other side of the card contains your name, mailing address and email address. Grad images will use this address to send you proofs of their professional photographs. To receive your proofs faster, please ensure that your email address appears on the card. Note: Updating your address on the reader card does not update your mailing address for your diploma. If you need to update your diploma mailing address, please contact the Office of the Registrar.