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Commencement Guests

Location and Date

Note: Doors will open one hour before all ceremonies.

The Sturm College of Law Commencement ceremony will be held in the Magness Arena at the Ritchie Center on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.

The Graduate Commencement ceremony will be held in the Magness Arena in the Ritchie Center on Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. and streamed live on this website. We ask that guests arrive in time to be seated by 3:45 p.m. No seating will take place during the processional.

The Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be held in the Magness Arena in the Ritchie Center on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. and streamed live on this website. We ask that guests arrive in time to be seated by 9:15 a.m. No seating will take place during the processional.

The Summer Commencement ceremony will be held in the Hamilton Gymnasium at the Ritchie Center on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and streamed live on this website. We ask that guests arrive in time to be seated by 8:15 a.m. No seating will take place during the processional.

Ticket Information

Tickets are only required for the Undergraduate ceremony. Each undergraduate student will be able to request up to five electronic tickets for family and friends. All seating is general admission.

We understand that students may want to invite more than five guests and we welcome all who wish to join us on campus to celebrate the class of 2019. For guests who do not have a ticket to the ceremony, the University will host a family-friendly overflow area next door in the Gates Fieldhouse at the Ritchie Center, where the ceremony will be broadcast on a live-video stream.

 

FAQs

When are DU's 2019 Commencement ceremonies?

The Graduate Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. in Magness Arena.

The Undergraduate Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Magness Arena.

The Sturm College of Law  Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in Magness Arena.

The Summer Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Hamilton Gymnasium.

Do we need tickets to attend the ceremony?

The only ceremony that requires tickets is the Spring Undergraduate Ceremony. These tickets will be electronically distributed to graduating students during the Spring Quarter. 

No tickets are required for the Spring Graduate, Sturm College of Law and Summer Commencement ceremonies.

How long is Commencement?

Spring Commencement ceremonies are approximately two hours long. Summer Commencement is approximately one hour and thirty 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 14, we suggest a 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. dinner reservation.

If you will be attending the Undergraduate Ceremony on Saturday, June 15, we suggest a 12:30 p.m. reservation.

If you will be attending the Summer Ceremony, we suggest a 11:00 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 can I bring into the venue?

Do bring:

  • Cards
  • Flowers
  • Your camera/smartphone for seated pictures

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.