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Commencement Guests

Location and Date

Note: Doors will open one hour before all ceremonies.

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.

Following the commencement ceremony, a reception will be held for graduating students and their guests, weather permitting, outside of the Ritchie Center.

Commencement Livestream

DU will be hosting a livestream in real-time for each commencement ceremony, start to finish. Family and friends can tune in at to watch their graduate's big moment! Alternatively, for those on the go and watching from a mobile phone, they can watch the ceremony and share in the excitement at 

Ticket Information

No tickets are required for the 2019 Summer Commencement ceremony.


When are DU's 2019 Commencement ceremonies?

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?

No tickets are required for the Summer Commencement ceremony.

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 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.