Graduates who wish to attend a commencement ceremony are required to register no later than Friday, April 23, at 5 p.m. MT. Use the sign-up links to the left to register!
Face coverings will be required while on campus and inside Magness Arena. Students who have been on campus this spring and employees will be required to have return-to-campus clearance (visit “campus access status” on the homepage of PioneerWeb). Guests and students who have not been on campus during the spring term will be required to complete the visitor screening within two hours prior to their scheduled event.
How will commencement work in 2021?
Multiple ceremonies over four days
There will be 16 Class of 2021 commencement ceremonies spread over four days—two days for PhD, master's and educational specialists; two days for bachelor's.
177 total students plus 5 guests per student
Due to public health considerations, Class of 2021 guests will be limited to five per graduating student. All guests will be assigned to specific seats, and all five guests in a graduate’s party must stay seated together in the reserved seats. We appreciate graduate and guest compliance with these required protocols. Due to COVID protocols in Magness Arena, tickets may not be transferred or traded.
Students that graduated in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 quarters invited to participate with Class of 2021
Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 graduates are included in Spring Class of 2021 commencement ceremonies to be held June 9, 10, 11, and 12.
Only graduating students may participate
Due to public health concerns and to minimize crowding, only graduating students will be able to participate at Class of 2021 Commencement.
All of the commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed at this site.
Check back closer to the events for more information on the live steam.
Looking for Information About the Class of 2020?Click Here
Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony Dates & Times
Doctoral Degrees, Master’s Degrees & Educational Specialists
Any graduate student may attend any ceremony below, but suggested academic units for each event are:
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Ceremony @ 11:30am (suggested for GSSW, MCE)
Ceremony @ 3pm (suggested for Daniels, UColl)
Ceremony @ 6:30pm (suggested for Korbel, Joint PhD, UColl)
Friday, June 11, 2021
Ceremony @ 8am (suggested for MCE, GSPP) – FULL
Ceremony @ 11:30am (suggested for AHSS, GSSW, RSECS) – FULL
Ceremony @ 3pm (suggested for Daniels, NSM, UColl) – FULL
Ceremony @ 6:30pm (suggested for GSSW, UColl) – FULL
Any undergraduate student may attend any ceremony below, but suggested academic units for each event are:
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Ceremony @ 11:30am (suggested for Daniels)
Ceremony @ 3pm (suggested for CAHSS, Korbel, CWC)
Ceremony @ 6:30pm (suggested for NSM, Daniels)
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Ceremony @ 8am (suggested for NSM, RSECS) – FULL
Ceremony @ 11:30am (suggested for CAHSS, Korbel) – FULL
Ceremony @ 3pm (suggested for Daniels) – FULL
Ceremony @ 6:30pm (suggested for CAHSS, Daniels, UColl) – FULL
I’m a graduate. Where should I park?
Please park in Lot C/Lot 103, located on the corner of South High Street and Buchtel Blvld., near Centennial Towers. There is no charge for commencement parking.
I’m a guest. Where should I park?
Please park in Lot L, on East Asbury Avenue. There is no charge for commencement parking.
I’m a graduate. How and when will I receive my tickets?
Graduates will receive tickets via email, approximately 2 days before their commencement ceremony.
I’m a graduate. What should I wear? What should I bring with me?
Please wear your academic regalia and bring a photo ID with you.
I’m a graduate. Where do I need to go once I arrive at the Ritchie Center?
Graduates must enter the building through the northwest doors, adjacent to the Barton Lacrosse Field. Graduates will be checked in by staff from the Registrar’s Office before entering the building.
I’m a graduate. What do I need to do to be cleared to come to campus for my commencement ceremony?
Graduates who are currently cleared for campus access do not need to take any additional action to attend their commencement ceremony. Any graduate who is not cleared for campus access should fill out the COVID visitor survey within two hours of arriving on campus for their commencement ceremony in Magness Arena. (Note: The survey will be linked here on commencement days.)
Are tickets required for babies or toddlers?
Guests aged two years and older require a ticket.
I’m a guest. Do I need to fill out a COVID symptom survey prior to arriving on campus?
Yes. Please fill out the COVID visitor survey within the two hours prior to the start of your graduate’s ceremony. For example, if your student is participating in an 11:30 a.m. ceremony, you should fill out the survey any time after 9:30 a.m., but before you arrive to campus. (Note: The survey will be sent out with your graduate’s tickets, and will be linked here on commencement days.)
I’m a guest and I am having trouble filling out the COVID symptom survey. Who can help me?
If you are unable to fill out your survey prior to campus arrival, staff will be available at the entrance to the Ritchie Center to help you. Only after your filled out will you be able to scan your ticket for entry in to the building.
What time should guests arrive?
Guests should arrive to the south entrance of the Ritchie Center, on East Asbury Avenue, 30 minutes prior to the start of their graduate’s commencement ceremony.
What time will doors open for guests?
Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony.
Is there a special entrance for guests?
All guests must enter at the south entrance to the Ritchie Center, on East Asbury Avenue.
Is guest seating in Magness Arena assigned or can I sit wherever I want?
To preserve social-distance requirements between households, all guest seating is assigned (e.g., Section 1, Row 1, Seats 1 - 4). Guests who need to be seated in ADA sections will be directed by ushers once inside the building.
Can I bring food or drink with me?
No. Masks are required for the full length of the ceremony so eating and/or drinking is not permitted.
I am a graduate. Can I take my mask off for my indoor photo with Chancellor Haefner?
Yes. Graduates will be permitted to take their masks off as they walk across stage and while they have their professional photo taken with the Chancellor.
After the ceremony is over, where do graduates and their loved ones meet?
COVID protocols dictate that everyone exit the Ritchie Center through the north exits.
Is there anything else I should know?
We are so pleased to celebrate our graduates in-person along with their loved ones. DU is hosting 18 commencement ceremonies this spring. We appreciate the patience and the good-natured attitude of our graduates and our guests!