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Summer Commencement procession

Graduation Instructions

Summer Commencement Instructions

DU’s summer 2016 Commencement ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 12. The location will be Carnegie Green—the lawn between University Hall, the Daniels College of Business and Margery Reed Hall.

In case of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be held in Hamilton Gymnasium at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center. If the location is changed, information will be provided on this website on August 11.

Find information about where to rent your cap and gown. You can also download detailed Commencement instructions (PDF).

Come prepared to Commencement on August 12 by following these guidelines:

At the Ceremony

Arrive on time.

Please arrive at the Ritchie Circle Lawn (also known as Warren Circle)—the circular lawn just east of the Mary Reed Building, south of University Hall and west of University Blvd—by 8 a.m. 

Look for the sign bearing the name of your degree and get in the line formed behind it.

Dress appropriately.

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

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 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.

Remove your cap during the National Anthem and Invocation.

Help us properly pronounce your name.

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.

Return your regalia to the DU Bookstore by August 17.

Look for your diploma in the mail.

Bachelor's and master's degree candidates

Bachelor's and master's degree candidates will receive a diploma cover in place of their diplomas 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 diplomas to your mailing address within eight to ten weeks of Commencement, barring holds.

Doctoral degree candidates

Recipients of doctoral degrees will receive their diplomas during the ceremony, provided graduation has been finalized and any holds have been cleared.


If you're not joining us for Commencement ...

You must arrange to pick up your diploma case from the Office of the Registrar, which also can provide oversized diplomas. Please visit the DU Bookstore (303-871-3251) to buy diploma frames.