After years of hard work in the classroom, the day of commencement at CU Denver is quickly approaching. For many graduates, commencement is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, meaning that there are some important pieces of information that you may not know about the day.

Before walking across the stage, here are FIVE THINGS EVERY GRADUATING STUDENT SHOULD KNOW:

  1. All students must register to participate in the ceremony.

Registering 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. Early-bird pricing will end on April 13 and the last day to register without incurring late fees is April 27.

  1. In consideration of the audience and the significance of this event, 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 roughly 2.5 hours, so plan to be on campus until approximately noon. Make your lunch reservations accordingly!

  1. Tickets are not required for guests at the ceremony.  

Seating is first-come first-served. 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.

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

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

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

Over 10,000 people attend the ceremony to celebrate our 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, we think you’ll be more than prepared for the big day. Don’t forget: Commencement will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, on the Tivoli Quad at the Auraria Campus. We’ll see you there!

For additional information, please contact the Commencement Office at 303-315-2113 or [email protected].

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