MSU Denver

Ceremony Details

Friday, May 13, 2022

Denver Coliseum (4600 Humboldt St. in Denver)

Morning Ceremony | 9:30 a.m. 

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences 

School of Education 

School of Hospitality  

Afternoon Ceremony | 2:30 p.m. 

College of Health and Applied Sciences 

College of Business 

Each ceremony will last approximately two hours. It is recommended that graduates arrive 90 minutes prior to the start of their ceremony: 8 a.m. for the morning ceremony, and 1 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. Both ceremonies will be hosted at the Denver Coliseum (4600 Humboldt St. in Denver). 

The ceremony will be livestreamed to the Commencement homepage for guests who are unable to attend in person. The ceremony will consist of student musician performances; remarks from MSU Denver President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.; student award winners; and a special keynote address. 

Guest Ticketing

Guests of graduates are not required to have a ticket in order to attend the ceremony. Graduates do not have any limitations on the amount of guests they can bring to the ceremony. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and seating is first come, first serve.

Parking & Transportation

At the Denver Coliseum, paid parking is available using credit cards only. Using this link, you can pay for parking in advance for a rate of $12.50.  If you do not pay for parking in advance, the parking fee is $15 at the entrance to the lot using credit cards only.

We highly suggest giving yourself enough time to travel to the Denver Coliseum, given that you may be traveling during rush hour timeframes and the construction on I-70. Please see below for alternative routes to the Denver Coliseum.

The hack for the cool kids is to come into the lot off 46th, either east on 47th from Washington or west on 46th from Humboldt. Or take Broadway/Brighton Blvd from downtown to Washington and come in Arkins to avoid I-70 and the congestion around the building altogether.

RSVP to your ceremony

You should receive an email from [email protected]. The email will prompt you to RSVP for your ceremony. The RSVP deadline for the in-person ceremony is April 23 at 11:59 p.m. MT. If you are not attending the ceremony, please still RSVP “no.” 

Once you have RSVP’d, you will receive your digital name card, called GradPass. You will need to have your GradPass on your phone on the day of the ceremony in order to have your name read. If anything needs to be changed on your GradPass, including your name, changes must be submitted before April 23.  


The primary ordering deadline to order regalia is March 21 at 9:59 p.m. MT. Herff Jones has offered a secondary ordering window, which includes a rush shipping fee, from March 22 until April 14 at 9:59 p.m. MT. Regalia will also be available for purchase at Cap & Gown Pick-Up or you can purchase regalia the day of the ceremony. All information about regalia is posted online as well as information about academic honors

Cap & Gown Pick-Up in St. Cajetan’s 

Tuesday, April 26 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 27 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

If you are interested in purchasing a commemorative commencement t-shirt, you can do so here. Parents can also pre-order flowers via the same link, and pre-ordered flowers can be picked up on the day of the ceremony.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many guests can I bring? Do they have to have tickets?

Currently, there is no limit on the number of guests you can bring to your ceremony. Guests do not have to have a ticket for admission. Please check your email regularly for updates.


How do I know which College or School my degree is under?

You can view the list of departments here to determine which college or school your department falls under.

Commencement Policies

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.