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Commencement 2017

Summer Commencement Speaker

Andrei Kutateladze

Andrei Kutateladze

Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Learn more about Andrei Kutateladze

Summer Commencement

Saturday, August 19 at 8:30 a.m. on Graduation Green

Arrive at Ritchie Circle Lawn (also known as Warren Circle) in your cap, gown and hood by 7:45 a.m. 

Doctoral recipients will receive their diplomas during the ceremony. Master's and bachelor's degree recipients will receive a diploma cover on graduation day.

See detailed commencement instructions.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Hamilton Gymnasium. If necessary, the decision will be made by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 18.

Ticket Information

Tickets are not required for the ceremony.

What to Do at Summer Commencement

Look for the sign bearing the name of your degree and join the line forming beneath it. While in line, we’ll give you a card so you can provide the phonetic spelling of your name and your email address. You'll hand this to the person who will read your name as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. We'll send your graduation photo proofs to your email address within one week of Commencement. Remember, there won't be a place to store any large bags or personal items, so leave those at home.

After the ceremony, return you gown to the DU Bookstore. You’re welcome to keep your mortarboard and tassel as souvenirs.

Look for your diploma in the mail (unless you’re a doctoral recipient). Verify your mailing address on PioneerWeb, and click the "Student" tab to ensure you have no past-due tickets, payments, exit interviews or other obligations. We’ll send your diploma within six to eight weeks of the ceremony, barring any holds.

Make sure to check this site after you graduate for photos and videos from the ceremonies!

Spring 2017 Commencement Speakers

Robert C. Smith

Robert F. Smith

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners

Graduate Commencement Speaker

Learn more about Robert F. Smith

Read his commencement speech


Jim Lentz

Jim Lentz (BA, 1977; MBA, 1978)                                                                                              

CEO of Toyota Motor North America

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

Learn more about Jim Lentz 

Sturm College of Law Ceremony

Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in Magness Arena

Sturm College of Law's Commencement ceremony is separate from the University Commencement ceremonies. For more information about the law ceremony, see the Sturm College of Law site.

Brenda Hollis

Brenda Hollis

Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone

Law Commencement Speaker


When are DU's 2017 Commencement ceremonies?

The Graduate Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 4 p.m. in Magness Arena.

The Undergraduate Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in Magness Arena.

The Summer Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. on the Graduation Green.

Do we need tickets to attend the ceremony?

The only ceremony that requires tickets is the Spring Undergraduate Ceremony. These tickets will be distributed directly to graduating students during the Spring Quarter. Undergraduate students may request them here. They'll be asked to log in using their student ID number before accessing the tickets. All seating is General Admission.

No tickets are required for the Spring Graduate and Summer Commencement ceremonies.

How long is Commencement?

Spring Commencement ceremonies are approximately two hours long. Summer Commencement is approximately one 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 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 9, we suggest a 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. dinner reservation.

If you will be attending the Undergraduate Ceremony on Saturday, June 10, we suggest a 12:30 p.m. reservation.

If you will be attending the Summer Ceremony on Saturday, August 19, we suggest a 11:30 a.m. reservation.

This will give you time to celebrate with your graduate at the University Reception, as well as safely navigate the pedestrian and vehicle traffic 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.

Is there a reception after Commencement?

Yes. We hold University-wide receptions immediately after each Commencement ceremony.

What should I bring?

Do bring:

  • Your regalia
  • Your tassel

Don't bring:

  • animals (except licensed service animals)
  • artificial noisemakers—air horns, whistles, etc.
  • glass—bottles, containers, etc.
  • confetti, frisbees, balls, balloons, projectiles
  • laser pointers or other disturbing items
  • oversized signs or banners
  • signage with a stick or pole attached
  • derogatory/defamatory clothing or signage
  • illegal drugs, alcohol or marijuana
  • firearms, weapons, explosives or other harmful items
  • candles
  • other items deemed prohibited by event staff
How can we find a hotel?

Visit the hotels page for information on lodging. If you have questions that aren't answered here, please contact Claire Brownell at 303-871-4876.