Refreshments on the Quad 

Complimentary refreshments will be available to all graduates beginning at 7 a.m. on the Norlin Quadrangle. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Senior Class Council and the CU Book Store. Please plan to attend and enjoy the company of your fellow graduates before the procession into the stadium. 


The university commencement ceremony is preceded by the traditional procession across campus. Graduates, please meet on the Norlin Quadrangle, directly west of the Norlin Library, no later than 7:30 a.m. Look for the signs indicating your school or college, as each will proceed into the stadium behind their standard. The procession will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Upon arrival at the stadium, all students will enter through gates 14 and 18 on the north end of the stadium and process to the seating area on the field.

The procession will pass through security screening before entering the stadium. This will include walk-through metal detectors and may include wanding. To expedite the screening, please keep personal items to a minimum – cell phones, keys or items such as belt buckles will not trigger a secondary screening. If you need to carry more items with you, please refer to the Folsom Field clear bag policy.

Graduates will be seated in a single-file line. Please see the map below. Once you enter the stadium make sure you are lined up with members of your college/department and friends and follow the directions of the commencement marshals (wearing yellow stoles) to your seat.

Graduate Line-Up Map

Graduate Line-Up Map

During the Ceremony

Please stand for the singing of the national anthem and the CU alma mater. Graduates should also stand for the conferring of degrees for their school or college, as announced. Please remain in your seats at the end of the ceremony for the recessional of the platform party. The university commencement ceremony will last approximately one and one-half hours.

Graduate Seating Map

Commencement Seating