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Graduation Instructions

Graduate Student Commencement Instructions

Our spring 2015 Commencement ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, in Magness Arena, inside the Ritchie Center.

If you plan to walk in this ceremony, you must RSVP for graduate Commencement by:

  • Sunday, April 19—Doctoral-degree candidates
  • Thursday, May 7—Master’s-degree candidates

Tickets aren’t required for guests to attend the ceremony. Find information about how, when and where to rent your cap and gown.

Come prepared to Commencement on June 5 by following these guidelines:

At the Ceremony

Arrive on time.

Please arrive at Hamilton Gymnasium—in your cap and gown by 3:30 p.m. Enter through the west doors (across from the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium).

Dress appropriately.

You're required to wear official DU regalia throughout the ceremony. Please dress appropriately and be fully clothed beneath your cap and gown.

Doctoral degree recipients: Drape your hood over your left arm as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. The provost will vest you with your hood.

For more information about ordering your cap and gown, see our cap and gown rental page.

Follow DU's Honor Code.

Anyone who violates DU's Honor Code at Commencement may be removed from the ceremony and/or reprimanded by the Student Conduct.

Leave bags, purses and other large items at home.

We don't have a secure place for you to store any items you bring with you, so please plan ahead.

Don't throw your cap or any other objects.

To avoid injuring those around you, please don't toss any objects in the air during the ceremony.

Men should remove their caps during the National Anthem and Invocation.

Help us pronounce your name correctly.

Write the phonetic spelling of your name and your preferred email address on the name card we give you before Commencement.

You'll hand this card to the person who will read your name as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. We'll use the email address to send you information to order Commencement photos.

Return to your seat, and stay seated for the rest of the ceremony.

Be respectful of other graduates and the audience by staying in your seat before and after you receive your diploma and until those on the Commencement platform exit during the recessional.

After the Ceremony

Return your gown.

Please return your gown to Hamilton Gymnasium immediately following Commencement. You're welcome to keep your mortarboards and tassels as souvenirs.

If you're interested in purchasing regalia, contact Diane Phillips of Willsie Cap & Gown at 720-273-7729.

Look for your diploma in the mail.

You'll receive a diploma cover in place of your diploma on graduation day.

Visit PioneerWeb to verify your mailing address, and click the "Student" tab to ensure you have no past-due tickets, payments, exit interviews or other obligations.

We can’t issue you a diploma until you have cleared these issues. If you'd like us to mail your diploma to a separate or temporary address, send an email to the Office of the Registrar with the subject line "Diploma Mailing Address."

We'll send your diploma to your mailing address within 8 to 10 weeks of Commencement, barring holds.