To celebrate the graduates in our house, the Department of Theatre & Dance holds a special commencement ceremony annually in the spring. Our department's ceremony is typically held in the University Theatre at 2:30 on the day of the University’s ceremony. 

See the program

Prepare for Graduation

While our staff can pull graduation information, we double check with students in case they want to walk in the spring departmental ceremony but graduated in December, or plan to graduate in summer. Please send in our Commencement Participation Form to make sure you're included in our ceremony!

Frequently Asked Questions

Typically our department ceremony is held on the same day as CU's Commencement Ceremony, which is the Thursday after finals end. Our ceremony happens at 2:30p in the University Theatre. See our Contact Us page for directions to our building.

Yes, the University of Colorado and Department of Theatre & Dance are committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. If you are planning to attend our ceremony and require accommodations, please contact our main office no later than 7 days before the event at thtrdnce@colorado.edu or 303-492-7355.

ADA Accessibility

  • The University Theatre can most easily be accessed via elevator. The elevator is located on the east side of the building on the Norlin Quadrangle side
  • Wheelchair companion seating is available in the University Theatre
  • ADA accessible parking is available near the University Theatre with a state-issued accessible license plate, permit, decal or placard. Regular parking fees still apply
  • Lot #208 on this Campus Parking Map is the closest to the University Theatre

University Theatre Building Access points for accessibility

Our ceremony typically lasts approximately one hour.

No, our ceremony is open to all friends and family. Just let us know an approximate head count in our Commencement Participation Form so we can make sure we have enough refreshments!

No, we encourage our students to dress in a way that makes them feel comfortable. Each year around half of our students wear regalia and the other half wear casual, festive, or business clothing.

Yes, we publish a program for our department's commencement ceremony. There will be a QR code for the digital copy which will also be posted online.

Absolutely. Since CU celebrates commencement once a year we hope that all of our fall, spring and summer graduates will attend.

Yes, we welcome our theatre and dance minors to join in the celebrations!

Past Commencements