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Date and Time

Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 2 p.m.

*Students should arrive no later than 1:00 p.m.*

The Commencement exercises will last until approximately 4:30 p.m. 



The commencement ceremony will be held at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC).

The CCC is located at 700 14th Street Denver, CO 80202

For more information on the CCC, visit their website.



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 1:50 p.m.


Commencement Instructions

Traditionally, Commencement is the high point of the academic year and is the most dignified of academic ceremonies. To assure that you experience the recognition you deserve for the hard work required to complete your 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 Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony can be viewed live online starting at 2 p.m. MST, Sunday, December 14, 2014.

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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.


Parking and Light Rail

All parking on campus will be free of charge. Recommended lots include:

  • Cherry Lot
  • Dogwood Lot
  • Elm Lot
  • Holly Lot
  • Spruce Lot
  • 7th Street Garage

Keep in mind that due to the Commencement ceremony, traffic in the downtown area could be heavy.  Please plan your trips accordingly.

For maps, directions to campus, and information regarding light rail service, please visit the AHEC Parking and Transportation Services website.


Driving Directions to Auraria Campus

From the North

I-25 South to Speer South (Exit 212B)

Turn left on Speer

Turn right on Auraria Parkway

Turn left on 7th Street

Make the next left at the light; there are 2 available lots and 1 garage.


From South

I-25 North to Auraria Parkway Exit 210C

Turn right on 7th Street

Make the next left at the light; there are 2 available lots and 1 garage.


Driving Directions to the CCC parking garage


North-Bound Speer Directions

Driving via northbound Speer Boulevard, pass Stout Street and make your first right before Champa Street. The Convention Center Parking Garage has its own designated Right Turn lane leading into the parking garage. The Parking Garage is designated by the Downtown Denver parking logo.


West-Bound Champa Directions

Driving via westbound Champa Street, just before the Speer Boulevard, it will be a left-hand turn from Champa Street that merges into the garage entry drive lane from Speer Boulevard. Please use caution when yielding to traffic entering the garage from Speer Boulevard. The Parking Garage is designated by the Downtown Denver parking logo.



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 Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony.