Picture on the Plaza Information & FAQs


Picture on the Plaza Information & FAQs

a marble mountain lion statue

On Monday, May 17, we will hold the first-ever “Picture on the Plaza” celebration. Weather permitting, graduates will be able to have a professional photo taken on El Pomar Plaza in front of our iconic marble mountain lion mascot statue; we will also have other photo stations set up at which graduates can have pictures taken with their cell phones by staff members or as selfies. Graduates will have their name read as part of a livestream that family and friends can watch, as they pose for their professional photo; they will be organized in order of college and level of degree for ease to viewers. The procession order and livestream access will be posted on this Commencement site when available; this is being planned as a morning event with specific timing to be shared once we have a better idea of attendance.

This in-person, graduate-only, outdoor celebration will symbolize the completion of graduates’ studies at UCCS and the beginning of their next phase of life. 
We encourage graduates to wear regalia to this event, but it is not mandatory given this is a celebration event and not a ceremony event.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m., and check-in will open at 8:45 a.m. for graduates of the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Check-in times for other colleges will be shared as the event approaches, along with other know-before-you-go information. 

Our graduates will be celebrated by college, in the following order, with check-in for graduates at the time next to each college: 

  • College - Name Reading Order

    Check-In time*

    Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences


    College of Business


    School of Public Affairs


    College of Education


    College of Engineering and Applied Science


    College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


  • *check-in times are subject to change; please check back closer to event for possible update

You can still register to participate in this event.


Do I need to buy a cap and gown? 
Can I still buy regalia?
Do 2020 graduates need to bring their our own diploma jackets that was mailed to them last year?
Is cap and gown a requirement for this? 
If I am graduating with honors, will I receive an honor cord?
What do the different color honor cords represent?
Are graduate students eligible for Latin honors?
What is the Picture on the Plaza celebration?
What time will the event take place?
Will photos be taken of individual graduates or groups?
Are the celebration photos free or is there a charge?
Can I take more than one picture (e.g. with and without graduation robe)? 
Can I bring a guest? 
Are masks required?
Where can I buy the professional photos?