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Date and Time

Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 9 a.m.

*Students should arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.*

The Commencement exercises will last until approximately 12:00 p.m. 


PLEASE NOTE: The Colfax Marathon wil be occuring the morning of May 18, you may consider avoiding Colfax to get to campus.



The commencement ceremony will be held at the Auraria Athletic Fields.

The Auraria Athletic Fields are located on the Auraria Campus.



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 8:45 a.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 Faculty Marshal will confiscate any alcoholic substance immediately. Further, should any Faculty 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.


Rain Plan

Commencement is a rain or shine event, and will proceed if there is light rain. Due to uncertain Colorado weather, we encourage all graduation candidates and their guests to dress appropriately. This also includes appropriate footwear as the fields and stafe are on grass may be wet or damp. In case of rain, rain ponchos will be provideds for both students and guests who may need them.

In the case of extreme weather conditions, one of two things will occur:

1. The ceremony is shortened with abbreviated speeches, but will take place outside on the Auraria Fields.

2. If severe weather is not expected to clear up, the rain plan will be implemented.

If either of these two options is put into action, the determination would be made by 6 a.m. on the morning of Commencement. Instructions will be updated and communicated on the MSU Denver Commencement Line (303) 556-6226, on MSU Denver website, and via email blast to all Spring 2014 candidates.

If the Rain Plan goes in effect please note due to the limited space and/or seating, students will be limited to two guests per graduate for all schools. Rain Plan tickets for your two guests will be provided at the Grad Finalé. Please arrive more than half an hour early to secure your seat. Doors open to unticketed guests 30 minutes before each ceremony. At that time your ticket will be invalid and seating is first come, first served. Overflow seating will be available in the Tivoli Turnhalle.

Ceremony times for Rain Plan
(All ceremonies will take place in the P.E. Event Center)

9 a.m. - School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Noon - School of Business
3 p.m. - School of Professional Studies


Live Webcast

The Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony can be viewed live online starting at 9 a.m. MST, Sunday, May 18, 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.

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.



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 2014 Commencement Ceremony.