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Graduates

Fall 2018 graduates, Winter 2019 graduates, and Spring 2019 candidates are all welcome to participate in the 2019 spring commencement ceremonies.

Make sure you've completed all the items in the graduation checklist:

  1. Fill out your graduation application.
  2. Attend an exit interview with your student loan provider, if applicable.
    • Federal Direct or Stafford Loan counseling is online at StudentLoans.gov.
    • Federal Perkins Loan exit interview is with the Bursar's Office; call (303) 871-4901.
  3. Take the Career Services survey to tell us where you're headed next.
    • The U.S. Department of Education requires us to gather information about the post-graduation plans of all DU graduates. If you're graduating this spring, log in to Pioneer Careers and tell us about your post-graduation plans or update your status on the landing page. Your individual responses will be kept private.
  4. Attend Grad Fest on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the University Bookstore to pre-order and pick-up your regalia.
  5. Confirm your mailing address and address any holds on your account in PioneerWeb; this will ensure that you receive your diploma 7-8 weeks after the ceremony.
  6. Arrive for the Commencement ceremony.
  7. Celebrate!

Ticket Information

Tickets are required for Undergraduate Commencement only. Five tickets are allocated to each eligible graduate. Please note that tickets are not required for children under the age of two. Students can electronically request their tickets HERE

Regalia

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 to order now at the University Bookstore during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students can also order their regalia online through the DU Bookstore website.

  • Undergraduate Regalia (includes cap, gown, zipper pull, tassel and stole) is $68.00, plus tax.
  • Graduate Regalia (includes cap, gown, zipper pull, tassel and hood) is $72.00, plus tax.
  • Doctoral Rental Regalia (includes rental gown, hood and tam with gold bullion tassel) is $58.00, plus tax. Please note that ALL doctoral sets must be returned to the DU Bookstore after the ceremony.

Graduation Photos and Video

We 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.

Looking to send out announcements before the big day? Graduation announcement packages can be purchased here.

What to do at Commencement

Arrive at the Ritchie Center no later than an hour before the commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin. 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 cover. 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.

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

Diplomas

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 seven to eight weeks of the ceremony, barring any holds.

DU Events Around Commencement

There are several division/department celebrations that take place on the University of Denver's campus around commencement each year. Below is an updated list of official events celebrating Spring Commencement 2019:

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Graduation Ceremony: Domestic students of color are invited to participate while friends, family and supporters are invited to attend the ceremony, happening in the Maglione Hall at the Sie Complex on June 13th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduation Breakfast: 2019 graduates and their families are invited to a pre-ceremony breakfast on the Olin Hall Rotunda at 7:00 a.m. on June 15th.

Daniels Undergraduate Breakfast: Graduating business seniors and their families are invited to partake in a pre-ceremony breakfast at the Cable Center on June 15th, 7:00-8:30 a.m.

Daniels Graduate Hood Ceremony: Daniels faculty, staff, students, friends and family are welcome to view the hooding of graduate Daniels students in Hamilton Gymnasium on June 14th, 9:00 a.m.

Graduate Josef Korbel School of International Studies Commencement Breakfast: Graduating graduate students and their guests are invited to a pre-ceremony breakfast in the Maglione Hall of the Sie Complex on June 14th from 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Josef Korbel School of International Studies Commencement Reception: Graduating seniors of the school and their families are invited to celebrate immediately after the commencement ceremony in the Maglione Hall of the Sie Complex on June 15th.

Native American Graduation Ceremony: Native American students and their families are invited to participate in the ceremony immediately after commencement concludes on June 15th in the Sturm College of Law Lobby.

Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science Undergraduate and Graduate Awards Program and Reception: Graduating students and up to two guests are invited to celebrate their accomplishments in the Byron Theatre of the Newman Center on June 14th, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

School of Social Work Awards Brunch and Open House: Graduating GSSW students and their families are welcome to participate in an awards brunch from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and an open house from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on June 14th in the Craig Hall community room and patio.

University College Graduation Celebration: Graduating students of University College and their families are invited to a celebration in Davis Auditorium on June 13th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.