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Date and Time

Saturday, May 16, 2015 

9 a.m. - College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
               School of Education
Doors open at 7 a.m.

2:30 p.m. - College of Business
                    College of Professional Studies
Doors open at 1 p.m.

The Commencement exercises will last until approximately 2 hours. 



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

For more information on the Coliseum, 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 8:40 a.m. and 2:10 p.m., respectively.


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.


Parking and Directions

Parking at the Denver Coliseum is $10 per vehicle. Denver Coliseum parking is located on the west side of the Coliseum off McFarland Drive.

The Denver Coliseum is located at I-70 (Brighton Blvd. Exit 275B) and Humboldt Street, just east of the junction of I-25 with I-70.

From Airport: Take Pena Boulevard to I-70 west to Brighton Boulevard (Exit 275B.) Denver International Airport (DEN) is located approximately 25 miles east of the Coliseum. 


Live Webcast

The Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremonies can be viewed live online starting at 9 a.m. MST, Saturday, May 16, 2015.

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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 Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony.