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Magness Arena during Commencement

Commencement

FAQ

When are DU's next Commencement ceremonies?

The Graduate Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 4 p.m. in Magness Arena.

The Undergraduate Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in Magness Arena.

The Summer Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. on the Graduation Green.

Do we need tickets to attend the ceremony?

The only ceremony that requires tickets is the Spring Undergraduate Ceremony. These tickets will be distributed directly to graduating students during the Spring Quarter. All seating is General Admission.

No tickets are required for the Spring Graduate and Summer Commencement ceremonies.

How long is Commencement?

Spring Commencement ceremonies are approximately 2 hours long. Summer Commencement is roughly an hour and 45 minutes long.

We would like to make dinner/lunch plans for after the ceremony. What time should we make our reservation?

If you will be attending the Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 9, we suggest a 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. dinner reservation.

If you will be attending the Undergraduate Ceremony on Saturday, June 10, we suggest a 12:30 p.m. reservation.

This will give you time to celebrate with your graduate at the University Reception, as well as safely navigate the pedestrian and vehicle traffic around campus after the ceremony.

Can we videotape the ceremony or take photographs?

While we ask you not to photograph or videotape the ceremony from the aisles, recording and taking photographs from your seat is fine. We do offer each graduate the opportunity to order professionally photographed Commencement pictures and a copy of a video recording of the ceremony. Learn more at our photos and video page.

Video of the ceremony will be posted on the University of Denver's Commencement YouTube playlist a few days after the ceremony.

Is there a reception after Commencement?

Yes. We hold University-wide receptions immediately after each Commencement ceremony.

If you have questions that aren't answered here, please contact Claire Brownell at 303-871-4876.