The Engineering Graduation Ceremony celebrates the imminent graduation of College of Engineering and Applied Science bachelor's students, master's students, doctoral students and Computer Science bachelor of arts students. Graduates will be recognized individually by name and take the traditional walk across the stage to receive their diploma cover.

Ceremony Details

This information pertains to December degree candidates and the Engineering Graduation Ceremony only. For more information regarding the spring university ceremony visit University Commencement.

Date: Thursday, December 21, 2023

Time: 10 a.m.-noon (doors open at 9 a.m.)

Please note that the time frame listed above is inclusive of doors open, ceremony and venue clear time. We support Macky’s recommendation of a 1-hour doors time which means your ceremony can start at 10 a.m. Guests must have departed the venue by noon so that the afternoon ceremony is able to adequately prepare for their 1 p.m. doors time.

Location: Macky Auditorium

This information pertains to December degree candidates and the Engineering Graduation Ceremony only.
For more information regarding the university ceremony visit University Commencement.

Watch the Ceremony 


Tickets will not be needed for this event.

Arrival Time

Students: Report to the Eaton Humanities basement level between 9:15-9:30 a.m. Staff will be on hand to check you in and line you up by academic degree program for the processional to Macky Auditorium. Do not leave any personal items in the Eaton Humanities building.

Guests: Family and friends should use the center south (main) entrance of Macky Auditorium. Doors to Macky Auditorium open at 9 a.m.


Degree candidates are encouraged to wear a cap and gown. Information about purchasing academic regalia may be found at the CU Book Store.

Undergraduates wearing regalia should have their tassel on the right; all graduate students should wear their tassel on the left.

PhD candidates must be in academic regalia; please carry your hood, do not wear it.


The processional will begin with the PhD candidates, followed by all master's and bachelor's candidates. Upon arrival in Macky, please remain standing until the platform party is on stage.

  • PhD candidates will be hooded by their faculty advisors. Your advisor should line up in front of you for the procession and should sit next to you. When you get up to walk to the stage, carry your hood on your right arm, and each faculty advisor should walk in front of the candidate toward the stage. At the top of the stage steps, hand your card to the reader and then stand in front of your advisor on the stage as your face the audience. As your name is read, your advisor will hood you. (If your faculty advisor is unable to attend, the associate dean already on stage will hood you.)
  • Master's and bachelor's candidates will be directed by an usher to form a line to the stage. When you reach the stage stairs, follow the directions of the usher and the staff at the stage; proceed up the steps and hand your card to the reader. Cross the stage as your name is read and then return to your seat as directed by the ushers.

This Graduation Ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. At the conclusion of the event, please remain in your seat until all the graduates have been recognized and the platform party has exited the stage.

Guests with disabilities who require accommodations (wheelchair seating, etc.) should contact the ADA Coordinator's office at (303) 492-9725 or by Nov. 30.

Students who have a physical condition that will not allow them to use the stage should contact the Dean's Office at 303-492-0373 or email by Nov. 30 so alternate arrangements can be made.

To request a sign language interpreter, please call 303-492-0373 or email by Nov. 30. Be sure to leave your name and contact information.

A professional photographer will be present. Pre-register by supplying your contact information and obtain a discount on the purchase of graduation photos at Grad Images.

Contact the Dean's Office at 303-492-0373