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Ceremony Details

Paint the Town Red Graduate Walk

Department chairs and faculty, please volunteer as a Marshal here! 

As a marshal, regalia is not required, but you can order regalia using the link below. If you choose to not order regalia, we suggest that you sport your favorite MSU Denver swag while marshaling the event. For marshal roles, we will prioritize department chairs for the marshal role at the diploma cover table.


Monday, May 3rd

Spring 2021 College of Letters, Arts, Sciences graduates: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spring 2021 School of Education graduates: 12 - 1:20 p.m.

Spring 2021 School of Hospitality graduates: 1:20 - 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 4th

Spring 2021 College of Business graduates: 8 - 10 a.m. 

Spring 2021 College of Professional Studies graduates: 10 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

          Spring 2021 Nursing Department graduates: 1:20 - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5th

Open to all 2020 graduates: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Virtual Ceremony - Friday, May 14th

We invite all faculty and staff to join the pre-show and virtual ceremony and encourage you to interact with gradautes and other faculty and staff members in the chat of the livestream. The livestream will be posted on the commencement home page.

Video Messages for the Virtual Ceremony

The commencement team invites all faculty and staff to submit video messages for the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies. The messages will be shown in a pre-show package presented 30 minutes before the virtual ceremonies start. Please review the instructions below. All videos must be submitted by April 6th.

  1. Record your video in either MOV, MP4 or WMV format. 
    • Please limit your video to 20 seconds or shorter. 
    • Please make sure your messages are general, as we will be sharing these messages before both the Spring 2021 virtual ceremonies.  
    • You can view example messages from Faculty & Staff here. 
  2. Submit your video via the Commencement Teams channel. 
    • Simply drop your video into the chat via the teams link above. 
  3. Watch the Commencement pre-show to see your video messages before the virtual ceremonies start. 


Regalia is not required for the Paint the Town Red event. However you can order regalia using the instructions below. If you choose to not order regalia, we suggest that you sport your favorite MSU Denver swag while marshaling the event.


Search "Metropolitan", then click the link for MSU Denver.

Specialty Ceremonies and Department Celebrations

Additional aspects of Commencement are the specialty ceremonies and graduation celebrations that several organizations and departments host to highlight the achievements of students in their own unique ways. If you are planning one of these events, please submit the details here so we can ensure that accurate information is included on the Commencement website.


If you have questions or concerns, or need a timeline of the day, please email Cora Potter, manager of unviersity events and protocol at 

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.

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