Congratulations! We’re excited to celebrate this milestone achievement with you and your family and friends. All students who participate in the ceremony will have their name read, walk across the stage, and receive their diploma cover. (Diplomas will be sent to your home later.)

Please note: the CMCI ceremony at the CU Event Center will take place the day after the CU main ceremony at Folsom Field.

Here are some tips to help you get ready for graduation:

Step 1: Apply for Graduation. (Students must apply by April 1 for their names to be listed in the CU printed program.) 

Step 2:  Register to walk in the CMCI ceremony. (Form now closed.) May, August or December graduates are eligible to walk in the CMCI May 2019 ceremony. You must register to walk in the ceremony by April 1 for your name to be listed in the CMCI printed program. The online form created the card we’ll use to announce your name from the stage! It will also hold your contact information for the ceremony photographer.

Step 3: Reserve your regalia. The university commencement ceremony is an academic ceremony; therefore, all participants must wear traditional CU academic regalia. Students are required to purchase or rent regalia. Visit the CU Commencement's website for more information. CMCI's tassel is red.

Please arrive at CU Events Center at 8 a.m. on Friday to allow time for check in, a hydration break, and line up. Graduates are responsible for carrying any personal items they bring and all belongings are subject to metal detectors and the clear bag policy: bags must be plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” or be a one-gallon (or smaller) clear plastic Ziploc/freezer bag.  No other bags are permitted. 

What to wear:
You must wear regalia.

Bachelor's candidates: Wear your cap and gown upon arrival. Start with your tassel on the right side.

Master’s candidates: Wear your cap, gown and hood upon arrival. Start with your tassel on the left.

Doctoral candidates: Wear your cap and gown. You will be hooded on stage.

Where to go:
Upon arrival at 8 a.m., enter through the southwest doors at the CU Events Center. Be advised that you (and all guests) will be required to enter through metal detectors. Pick up your printed registration card (you registered online earlier) at your department table in Section 15. You will later hand your card to the person announcing your name as you walk across the stage.

Our staff will direct you to line-up by degree program at 8:30 a.m. Hydrate and take a break if you need to. 

Doors will open at 8 a.m. Enter through the southwest doors at the CU Events Center. Be advised that all guests will be required to enter through metal detectors. Family and friends should be seated by 8:45 a.m. All family and friends are allowed to sit anywhere that is not marked reserved, VIP, ADA/Disability or graduate seating. All seats are first-come, first served: the earlier you arrive, the better seats you can secure!

Guests with disabilities or accommodation needs who require accommodations at a recognition ceremony event (wheelchair seating, interpreters, assisted listening devices, etc.) should contact the ADA Compliance office at (303) 492-9725 or via email at least two weeks in advance of the event so appropriate arrangements can be made.  

Please join us for the reception in your honor directly after the ceremony in the large tents on the Business Field, just across the street from the Events Center!

What to Bring: Folsom Field & CU Events Center Policies

CU Events Center follows the Clear Bag Policy requirements. With the exception of medical bags, all other bags must meet the requirements below.

  • One clear bag no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”
  • A one-gallon sized clear freezer bag
  • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”

A full list of permitted and prohibited bags and other items is available for download here.

Parking for Guests Requiring ADA Accessibility
Guests who need ADA Accessible parking may park in lots 440 (closest to the CU Events Center), 204, 346, 354, 359, 360, 380 and 440. A disability parking placard is not required to park in lots 204, 380 and 440.  A disability parking placard is required to park in lots 346, 354, 359 and 360.

  • All guests (and students) are subject to the Clear Bag Policy.
  • CU Events Center Concessions will be open for purchasing snacks and drinks.
  • Programs will be handed out throughout the CU Events Center Concourse as you enter through the doors.
  • Our professional photographer, Grad Images, will take pictures of all graduates as they are presented with a diploma cover. Grad Images will distribute contact cards to each student to fill out with their name, address and email. They will use this information to contact you after the ceremony to view and purchase your pictures.
  • Flowers are available for purchase on the upper level of the concourse behind section 7 & 8 and 23 & 24.

For more information, please visit the CU Commencement website.