How do I make sure I have completed all the requirements for graduation and I am on the list to graduate?
For bachelor's degree candidates: contact Academic Advising at 719-255-3260 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help with applying to graduate or confirming your graduation status and degree requirements.
For master's and PhD graduate candidates: Contact your department staff or faculty representative.
I have completed my Senior Audit. Do I have to register for the ceremony?
Yes. Registering for the ceremony confirms your participation.
How do I purchase my cap and gown?
Attend the Graduation Fair: November 10th and 11th in UCCS Bookstore in the University Center, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Regalia (cap and gown) is also available year-round at the UCCS Bookstore.
How do I order announcements?
Visit the Jostens table at the Graduation Fair: November 10th (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and November 11th (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) in UCCS Bookstore in the University Center, or order directly by calling or at 719-255-3247
Announcements are also available for purchase at the Copy Center. For more information, visit the Copy Center in University Center Room 108 or contact them at 719-255-3213 or email@example.com.
If I am graduating with honors, will I receive an honor cord?
Yes, honor cords are ordered for baccalaureate students graduating with honorary distinction Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude.
Latin Honors are calculated based on a student's CU Cumulative GPA. For the commencement ceremony, including honor cords and the program, final semester grades may not be included in this calculation.
Latin Honor designations are recalculated once all grades are posted and will be displayed on official diploma and transcripts.
What do the different color honor cords represent?
For bachelor's degree candidates: Latin Honors: Summa Cum Laude (old gold), Magna Cum Laude (silver), and Cum Laude (bronze). Other colors represent involvement in honor societies, clubs and other university affiliated organizations.
Are graduate students eligible for Latin honors?
Latin honors for Master's and PhD graduate candidates are not awarded.
What time does Commencement start?
Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students starts at 2:00 p.m. Graduates are asked to be at The Broadmoor World Arena by 1:15 pm.
How long will Commencement take?
Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. The ceremony recognizes Ph.D./DNP, Master's and bachelor's graduates.
The December 2021 ceremony might run slightly longer depending on the number of 2020 and Spring 2021 alumni who decide to walk since their ceremonies were virtual.
Do I need to pay for parking at The Broadmoor World Arena?
No. Parking is free in the lots surrounding The Broadmoor World Arena. Event staff will direct you to the appropriate parking locations.
Am I allowed to bring outside items into The Broadmoor World Arena?
It depends on the item. We are required to follow the guidelines set forth by The Broadmoor World Arena. All bags and backpacks will be searched upon entry. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.
If you have a stroller or infant carrier/car seat, it must be checked at the Penrose Club Entrance. There is not room in the seating area for these items. Please hold small children on your laps.
The following Items will not be permitted inside of The Broadmoor World Arena:
Any outside food or beverages
Marijuana (legal or medical)
Illegal or illicit drugs
Flag/sign supports (ie flag sticks/poles)
Glass bottles or aluminum cans
Bota bags or wine skins
Bullhorns/whistles or noise makers
Beach balls and other inflatables
Skateboards or rollerblades
Stools or folding chairs
Water bottles or mugs
Pets or animals (with the exception of service animals)
Are graduates limited to a certain number of guests?
No, but there is a limit to the number of seats that can be "saved," if you have plans of sending one person early. The Broadmoor World Arena only allows two seats to be saved by any one person. Ten minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, the open seats will become available for others.
PLEASE NOTE: This could change for the December 2021 ceremony if Delta variant cases have an impact on attendance numbers at indoor events.
Can you recommend hotels/motels near the Broadmoor World Arena for out-of-town guests?
Grad Images customer service number is: 1-800-261-8576 for more information.
Following commencement, GradImages photographers will be circulating outside the commencement venue to capture additional candid photographs of our graduates with their loved ones. The GradImages staff will be wearing red vests, so they’ll be highly visible and easy to locate. Grab a red vest and snap some candid shots!