It’s summer commencement time! If you are finishing your degree at the end of summer quarter, or earned your degree winter or spring 2017, congratulations! You have achieved one of life’s great goals and you should celebrate this by joining the rest of the DU community to honor your accomplishment. If you are a master’s graduate, we invite you to take part in the tradition of the hooding – where your academic director will hood you during our ceremony. If you are a bachelor’s graduate, you will be formally recognized during our celebration.

Please note the times below…

Event: University College Graduation Celebration and Hooding
Date: Friday, August 18
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Check-In Time: 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Location: Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater (2306 E. Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80208)

Event: University of Denver Commencement
Saturday, August 19
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Check-In: 7:45 a.m. (meet at Ritchie Circle Lawn – E. Warren Avenue and S. University Blvd)
Bring: Your regalia (cap, gown, hood)
Location: Carnegie Green (lawn between University Hall, Daniels College of Business, and Margery Reed Hall)
More Information: http://du.edu/commencement

FAQ for University College Graduation Celebration and Hooding

Is this the same as commencement? No. The University of Denver Commencement will take place on Saturday, August 19. The University College Graduation Celebration and Hooding event is for University College 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.

Do I have to attend? You do not have to attend, but it is a great chance to meet the University College staff, faculty, and fellow graduates.

How do I RSVP to the University College Graduation Celebration and Hooding? Email cmiller@du.edu with your name and number of guests.

Do I need my cap and gown? Yes. Order your regalia in person at the University of Denver Bookstore or over the phone (call 303-871-3251).  You can pick up your regalia at the bookstore starting August 10 during the hours they are open. 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 package prior to graduation. You will be asked to return your cap and gown by August 23. Details here.

How much does it cost to rent the cap and gown? Rentals are $50.00 for undergraduates and $52.00 for graduates and it is cash only if you come in person.

Where do I park for the Graduation Celebration and Hooding? Parking information will be provided with your RSVP.

What is 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.

Are bachelor students hooded? No. While bachelor’s graduates will not receive a hood, they will be recognized at this celebration. Bachelor’s students who elected to join the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society will receive their honor cords at this time as well.

How many guests can I bring? Guests for this event will be limited to 3 due to the room size. You may sit with your guests, as you will be called to the stage by program.

Where is Margery Reed? Margery Reed is located behind University Hall  (2197 S. University Blvd.) near the Daniels College of Business. See the map here.

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