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Summer Commencement 2018

Location and Date

The Summer Commencement ceremony will be held in the Hamilton Gymnasium in the Ritchie Center on August 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. 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 not required for the Summer Commencement ceremony.


Students participating in the commencement ceremonies are required to wear the University of Denver's designated academic regalia of cap and gown. Regalia is available through the University of Denver Bookstore. Beginning Monday, July 9, visit the bookstore or call 303-871-3251 or 800-289-3848 to place your order.

  • Bachelor's regalia may be purchased for $65.00 (Keeper that includes: cap, gown, tassel, stole and zipper pull)
  • Master's regalia may be purchased for $67.00 (Keeper that includes: cap, gown, hood, tassel and zipper pull)
  • Doctoral regalia may be rented for $60.00. (Rental that includes: tam, gown, hood and zipper pull). Please contact the bookstore for information on purchasing doctoral regalia.

Regalia will be available for pickup starting Tuesday, August 14. Please bring your student ID and confirmation of purchase to receive your order. Contact the Bookstore with questions or for more information.

Graduation Announcements 

Graduation announcements may be ordered online through Jostens.

Graduation Video

Video of your commencement ceremony can be purchased as a keepsake.  

What to Do at Commencement

Arrive at the Ritchie Center no later than 7:45 a.m. Graduates will assemble outside of the Ritchie Center on the north side of the building facing Buchtel boulevard. Look for the sign bearing the name of your degree and join the line forming beneath it. You'll be given a card with your name and degree. 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.

There won't be a place to store any large bags or personal items, so leave those at home.

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!


When are DU's 2018 Commencement ceremonies?

The Graduate Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 4 p.m. in Magness Arena.

The Undergraduate Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in Magness Arena.

The Sturm College of Law  Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Magness Arena.

The Summer Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 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 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, 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 8, we suggest a 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. dinner reservation.

If you will be attending the Undergraduate Ceremony on Saturday, June 9, 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 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.