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Magness Arena during Commencement



When are DU's next Commencement ceremonies?

There will be three University-wide ceremonies in 2016.

  • Spring 2016 Graduate Commencement—Friday, June 3, at 4 p.m.
  • Spring 2016 Undergraduate Commencement—Saturday, June 4, at 9:30 a.m.
  • Summer 2016 Commencement—Friday, August 12, at 8:30 a.m.
Do we need tickets to attend the ceremony?

The only ceremony that requires tickets is the Spring Undergraduate Ceremony. These tickets are distributed to graduating students.

No tickets are required for the Spring Graduate and Summer Commencement ceremonies. Attendees are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 Commencemment Ceremony on Friday, June 3, we suggest a 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. dinner reservation.

If you will be attending the Undergraduate Ceremony on Saturday, June 4, 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 significant traffic that you may find 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.

When can we take pictures with the graduate?

Because DU collects caps and gowns from each graduate immediately after the ceremony, please plan to take any pictures with graduates in their academic regalia before Commencement.

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.