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Event Information

Date and Time

Saturday, May 14, 2016

9 a.m. – Morning Ceremony
College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
School of Education
2:30 p.m. – Afternoon Ceremony
College of Business
College of Professional Studies

The Commencement exercises will last until approximately 2 hours. 



The commencement ceremony will be held at the Denver Coliseum.
The Denver Coliseum is located at 4600 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216.



Graduates may have as many guests as they wish. No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis and all guests should be seated no later than 20 minutes before the ceremony.


Commencement Instructions

Traditionally, Commencement is the high point of the academic year and is the most dignified of academic ceremonies. To assure that candidates experience the recognition they deserve for the hard work required to complete their degree, the following Commencement Policies have been established by the University.

  1. All candidates, their families and friends are expected to remain for the entire Commencement Ceremony. Any unnecessary movement may prevent families and friends of those persons crossing the stage from hearing the name of the graduate read. Graduates should not leave the ceremony grounds until the appropriate time during the recessional.

  2. No one but the graduates, faculty, and members of the platform party will be permitted in the stage area of the ceremony grounds.

To preserve the dignity of the Commencement Ceremony, no alcoholic beverages are permitted. A Marshal will confiscate any alcoholic substance immediately. Further, should any Marshal deem an individual unable to safely participate in the Commencement Ceremony as a result of the consumption of an alcoholic beverage, that individual will be removed from the line of march and not permitted to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.


Live Webcast

The Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony can be viewed live online.

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If this is your first trip to Denver, or you would like to try a different restaurant, check out the downtown Dining and Nightlife Guide courtesy of the Denver Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau. Visit OpenTable to make reservations at various restaurants here in Denver.

If you plan to make lunch reservations or have a party after Commencement, remember that it may take up to 45 minutes for the graduates to recess, return their caps and gowns, and to reach your car.

 More Questions? Visit the Commencement FAQs.

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 upcoming Commencement Ceremony.