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Graduation Instructions

Summer Commencement Instructions

DU’s summer 2013 Commencement ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m.on Friday, August 16. The location will the Ritchie Circle Lawn (also known as Warren Circle)—the circular lawn located just east of the Mary Reed Building, south of University Hall, and west of University Blvd.

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.

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

Come prepared to Commencement on August 16 by following these guidelines:

Graduate Students: confirm participation online

To participate in Commencement, all master's and doctoral degree candidates must confirm their attendance online.

Deadlines for confirming attendance
  • Doctoral candidates—please confirm by July 15, 2013
  • Master's candidates—please confirm by August 1, 2013

Undergraduate students are not required to complete the form to confirm attendance.

At the Ceremony

Arrive on time.

Please arrive at the lawn just west of the Daniels College of Business north of University Hall by 8 a.m. 

Look for the sign bearing the name of your school and 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.

Aside from honor cords from University-approved organizations, and stoles and academic hoods in the case of graduate students, we don't allow students to wear any additional adornments with their caps and gowns.

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

Follow DU's Code of Student Conduct.

Anyone who violates DU's Code of Student Conduct at Commencement may be removed from the ceremony and/or reprimanded by the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards.

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.

Please return your gown 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.

Bachelor's and master's degree candidates

Bachelor's and master's degree candidates will receive a diploma case in place of their diplomas on graduation day.

Visit webCentral 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 10 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.