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April 24, 2019

2019 University College Graduation Celebration Frequently Asked Questions

The University College graduation celebration and hooding will take place on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Is the University College Celebration and Hooding the same as the University of Denver Commencement?

Spring graduate student commencement is Friday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Magness Arena at the Ritchie Center and will include all of the University of Denver graduates in master’s and PhD programs.

The spring undergraduate commencement is Saturday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Magness Arena at the Ritchie Center.

The June 13 Graduation Celebration is for University College master’s and bachelor’s graduates only. It is our way of honoring you for the commitment it took to earn a degree and recognizing the challenge it can be to study evenings and online while maintaining a work, family and life balance.

What is a master’s student hooding?
The hooding is an age-old tradition for master’s degree graduates. To complement the robe, a decorative cloth is placed around a graduate’s neck and shoulders. This is commonly referred to as a hood and contains colors representing the degree type and the university where it was earned. You will be hooded by your academic director and faculty.

Do I have to attend?
Attendance is not required, but we invite you to attend the University College Graduation Celebration, the University of Denver Commencement, or both. The University College Graduation Celebration is a great opportunity to meet University College staff, faculty, and fellow graduates.

How do I RSVP to the University College Graduation Celebration?
RSVP here (limit three guests).

Do I need a cap and gown?
Yes. Starting May 1, you may order your regalia in-person at the DU Bookstore or over the phone (call 303-871-3251) up until the day of Commencement. You can pick up your regalia at the bookstore starting May 31 during business hours. Students attending the University College Graduation Celebration will wear their cap and gown for this event. Please check that all items are included in your regalia package prior to graduation.

How much does it cost to purchase the cap and gown?
Regalia purchase costs are $68.00 for undergraduates and $72.00 for master’s graduates.

Do I need a ticket to attend the University College Graduation Celebration?
No, but students are limited to three guests due to room capacity. Graduates may sit with their guests.

Do I need a ticket to attend the University of Denver Commencement Ceremony?
It depends. For the undergraduate ceremony, tickets are required for all guests in Magness Arena. Each participating graduate is allocated five tickets for friends and family. The University will utilize an online ticketing system for undergraduate ticket requests and distribution and tickets will be given directly to the graduates. Master’s degree students do not need tickets.

Where can I park for the University College Graduation Celebration?
Parking information will be provided with your RSVP.

Are bachelor’s students hooded?
No. Undergraduate regalia does not include a hood. Bachelor’s students will be recognized by their program director. Eligible bachelor’s degree students who elected to join the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society will receive their honor cords at this time.

Where is Sturm Hall?
Sturm Hall is located approximately two blocks west of University Blvd, between Evans Avenue and Asbury Avenue. The address is 2000 East Asbury Avenue, Denver, CO 80208. Search Sturm Hall on the map here.

Where can I get additional information about the University of Denver Commencement?
Visit the DU commencement website here.

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