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Commencement FAQs

Q: What is the difference between Commencement and graduation?

Q: Where can I find the Graduation Application? When is it due?

Q:  I missed the Graduation Application Deadline!  Am I too late?  Can I still graduate? HELP!  I’m freaking out!!

Q: Is there a rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony?

Q: I would like to know if my name is still on the list to graduate this semester. Can you find out?

Q: I graduated in the Summer and want to walk in a ceremony. What do I do?

Q: Will my family be able to take pictures of me as I cross the stage?

Q: I'm graduating with honors.  How do I get my honors cords?

Q: When and where is the Fall 2014 Graduation Fair?

Q: How do I order announcements?

Q: When can I get my cap and gown – how much do they cost?

Q: I live out of state and cannot attend Cap and Gown Pickup. Am I out of luck? Should I just wear my best t-shirt and jeans?

Q: Does my family need tickets to attend graduation? Does it cost?

Q: My relative needs to sit in the wheelchair area. Can the rest of my family sit with them?

Q: When should I arrive at the Colorado Convention Center with my family? I want them to have a good seat.

Q: Where do I park? Does it cost anything?

Q: I have mailed my graduation postcard and have not heard anything about my diploma or graduation status. Can you verify my status for me?

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

Q: I have moved and would like my diploma mailed to me, what should I do?

Q: I want to order a diploma frame. What are the dimensions of the diploma?

Q: Is there a place where I can watch a video of past Commencement Ceremonies?

Q: Our honor society is not recognized as an official honor society. Who can fix that?

Q: I left the commencement ceremony with my gown and forgot to return it, what should I do? 


Q: What is the difference between Commencement and graduation?
A: Commencement is the ceremony we celebrate your accomplishments as you end your student life and begin your life as a member of the Metropolitan State University of Denver's Alumni Association.  Graduation is the act of completing all graduation requirements, e.g., applying for graduation, ensuring the accuracy of your CAPP report, ordering your cap and gown, ordering your graduation announcements, etc.

Q: Where can I find the Graduation Application? When is it due?
A: You can access the graduation application hereThe Fall 2014 deadline is September 5, 2014. Mailed applications must be post-marked no later than 5 p.m. on September 5, 2014.

Q: I missed the Graduation Application Deadline!  Am I too late?  Can I still graduate? HELP!  I’m freaking out!!
A: If you have missed the Application for Graduation deadline you must apply to officially graduate for a subsequent semester.  There are no exceptions for late graduation applications. You can walk in any commencement ceremony, however, your name will not appear in the program until you complete all academic requirements.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony?
A: No. Graduation Candidates need to arrive at the Colorado Convention Center no later than 1:00 p.m. to get in line with their fellow graduates.  Faculty Marshals will be in the Graduate Assembly Area to answer questions about the processional and the ceremony.

Q: I would like to know if my name is still on the list to graduate this semester. Can you find out?
A: Unfortunately, we do not have access to student's academic records. Please contact the Graduation Evaluation (Registrars) Office at (303) 556-3991 or email at regquery@msudenver.edu to have your questions answered about graduation status.

Q: I graduated in the Summer and want to walk in a ceremony. What do I do?
A: Students are welcome to walk in the Spring/Fall commencement ceremony. You won't receive a diploma until all credits have been completed.  Please contact the Graduation Evaluation Office at (303) 556-3991 or email at regquery@msudenver.edu.

Q: Will my family be able to take pictures of me as I cross the stage?
A:  No. Family members will not be allowed close enough to the stage to take photos of you.  However, a professional photographer will take the picture of each candidate as he or she receives the degree. The photographer will contact each candidate by email three to four days follow the ceremony regarding the option of purchasing photos.  While in the graduate assembly area, please write a legible email address on the back of your name card in order for the photographer to contact you in a timely manner.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is pleased to have Lifetouch Special Events provide for its commencement photography services. Lifetouch will take photographs of each graduate and then send proofs to order images. There is no obligation on the part of the graduates. All images can be found at events.lifetouch.com. For help in placing your order, you may email us at specialevents@lifetouch.com. You may also call 765-216-3601 or 800-505-9496, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm EST.

Q: I'm graduating with honors.  How do I get my honors cords?
A:  Students who qualify for recognition at the ceremony will be sent a letter from the Dean's Office of the School in which their major is located. This letter authorizes students to receive honor cords at Grad Finalé. You must present the letter to receive your honor chords. To recognize the students who received honors the University will be providing the honor cords free of charge.

Q: When and where is the Fall 2014 Graduation Fair?
A: Since most of our candidates for graduation conduct most of their interactions online, we are strongly encouraging them to order caps and gowns, announcements and other graduation needs online.

Q: How do I order announcements?
A: There are several vendors that you can work with, Herff Jones and CB Graduation Announcements are a few. You can buy blank announcements or do custom orders at the Auraria Bookstore. You are also welcome to order from any company you choose.

Q: When can I get my cap and gown – how much do they cost?
A: Caps, gowns, and tassels are exclusively rented through Herff-Jones. Custom-designed by Herff-Jones, the MSU Denver gowns feature the University's insignia and school colors.  The gowns are blue with red trim, and the official University seal is embroidered on the lapel.  All graduating seniors must wear these at the commencement ceremony. The deadline for reserving your cap and gown online is TBA.  Additional cap and gowns have been ordered and will be available for you to pick up at the Grad Finalé. Remember to bring cash only!!

The undergraduate price for cap and gown is $36.00, the price for master graduates is $64.00 - part of your rental includes your school's designated tassel.  The price for a red and blue souvenir tassel is $8.75.  There will also be honor cords and extra degree tassels available during Grad Finalé, 2 weeks prior to the commencement ceremony.  Be sure to bring cash if you did not pre-order. We will send email reminders to the graduation candidates – so be sure to check your email regularly!

Q: I live out of state and cannot attend Grad Finale. Am I out of luck? Should I just wear my best t-shirt and jeans?
A: You may pick up your cap and gown the morning of commencement. Please arrive by 12:30 p.m. to pick up your cap and gown so that you will have enough time to change and get into line with your fellow graduation candidates. If you did not pre-order your cap and gown, you will need to bring cash for the rental.

If you cannot pick up your cap and gown because of class or work, a friend or family member can pick it up for you. They will need cash (if it was not pre-ordered), the graduation candidate's major, height and weight. Special accommodations should be pre-ordered! Herff-Jones can not guarantee special orders after this date.

Q: Does my family need tickets to attend graduation? Does it cost?
A: No. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis and it is free.

Q: My relative needs to sit in the wheelchair area. Can the rest of my family sit with them?
A: Candidates who have family members with disabilities (wheelchair, walker, hearing or visual impairment) that are going to attend the Commencement Ceremony will need to reserve tickets for the ADA seating area through our registration system. For every ADA ticket reserved, you may have 1 additional ticket for a guest. Please visit our ADA section to register and for more information. 

If you are a candidate for graduation and have a disability, please contact commencement@msudenver.edu.

Q: When should I arrive at the Colorado Convention Center with my family? I want them to have a good seat.
A: The ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. (SHARP). Students should arrive by 1:00 p.m. Families typically begin arriving around 12:30 p.m., however, we recommend that guests arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. All seating is first come, first served.  

Q: Where do I park? Does it cost anything?
A: Parking on campus is free of charge on Sundays and you are welcome to park in the recommended lots: Dogwood Lot, Holly Lot, 7th Street Parking Garage and the Tivoli Parking Garage.  For the map and directions please visit the AHEC Parking and Transportation Services website: http://www.ahec.edu/parking/index.htm. Parking downtown is free on Sundays as well.

Q: I have mailed my graduation postcard and have not heard anything about my diploma or graduation status. Can you verify my status for me?
A: We do not have access to academic records. Please contact The Office of the Registrar (303) 556-3991 or visit their office #160 in the Student Success Building

Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: Diplomas are typically available mid January for Fall graduates, mid June for Spring graduates, and mid September for Summer graduates. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for specific info at (303) 556-3991 or email at regquery@msudenver.edu.

Q: I have moved and would like my diploma mailed to me, what should I do?
A: Please call Graduation Evaluation Office at (303) 556-3985 or visit the Office of the Registrar website to email any of the Graduation Evaluation staff members to have your diploma mailed.

Q: I want to order a diploma frame. What are the dimensions of the diploma?
A: The diplomas are standard letter size; 8 ½’ x 11’. You can also order a special diploma frame from the Alumni Association at www.msudenver.edu/alumni.

Q: Is there a place where I can watch a video of past Commencement Ceremonies?
A: Go to our Future/Past Event page, which is a tab on our Commencement website.  It is located at the bottom of the page in our archive. You can search by the specific term you are looking for. Here is the direct link: http://www.msudenver.edu/commencement/pastfutureevents/

Q: Our honor society is not recognized as an official honor society. Who can fix that?
A: We can.  There is a form every honor society needs to complete for the commencement committee to review for approval. When completing the form, keep in mind that there can be only one society per major, i.e., i.e. Psi Chi is the honor society for Psychology. If we receive an application for a second honor society for psychology, we will call a meeting to review both so that there will be only one society recognized. The form is available at: http://www.msudenver.edu/honsocs/facultyadvisors/

Q: I left the commencement ceremony with my gown and forgot to return it, what should I do?
A: Please be sure to return your gown or you will be charged a fee of $250.  The Office of Registrar is returning gowns for students to Herff-Jones. Please bring it to the Student Success Building, Office of the Registrar, Main Floor, #160, they are open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Or mail it to Herff-Jones at: 

HERFF JONES – RETURNS
1000 N MARKET ST
CHAMPAIGN IL 61820

*Please include your name so they are able to remove you from the list and to avoid charges*.

The commencement website is updated continuously to keep the university informed about the ceremony and graduation process.  Please continue to check in for up-to-date information concerning the Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony.