Graduate smiling in cap and gown
March 12, 2019

After years of hard work in the classroom, the day of commencement at CU Denver is quickly approaching.

Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.
Tivoli Quad, CU Denver Campus

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. Be sure to register early, even if you don’t know how that last final will turn out! Cancellations can be made for a full refund up to ceremony day.

Pick up your cap and gown: May 9 – 10

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

Commencement is an exciting day for everyone in your graduating class, including graduates’ families. Help celebrate all of their achievements by staying seated for the entire ceremony. The ceremony will last 2 to 3 hours, so plan to be on campus until after noon. 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, but please contact the Commencement Office if any of your guests require 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 May 18!

Bring your family and friends to Grad Bash the day before commencement to kick off the commencement weekend celebration. All students, family, friends, faculty and staff are invited to Grad Bash to enjoy free lunch, live music and activities on Friday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the CU Denver athletic field. RSVP for Grad Bash.

Graduate in cap and gown with parents
Over 10,000 people attend the CU Denver Spring Commencement ceremony to celebrate graduates.

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

Remember that we will be outside. Come prepared for the Colorado elements. Bring sunscreen, or a poncho, or a winter hat – or maybe all three. If severe weather occurs, you will be notified of an updated plan by 6 a.m. commencement morning. Keep an eye on the email account you used to register for commencement notifications.

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

Over 10,000 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 new information in mind, you’ll be better prepared for the big day. Don’t forget: Commencement begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, on the Tivoli Quad on CU Denver campus. We’ll see you there!

For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions, please contact the Commencement Office at 303-315-2113 or [email protected].

Guest contributor: Kelly Mason, University Events

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