2016 Graduate Commencement

It’s commencement time! If you are finishing your degree at the end of spring quarter, or earned your degree fall 2016 or winter 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: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Check-In Time: 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Bring: Your regalia (cap and gown, plus your hood if you’re a master’s graduate)
Location: Davis Auditorium (Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave., Denver 80208)

Event: University of Denver Graduate Commencement
Friday, June 9
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Check-In: 3:00 p.m.
Bring: Your regalia (cap, gown, hood)
Location: Hamilton Gymnasium
More Information: http://du.edu/commencement

Event: University of Denver Undergraduate Commencement
Saturday, June 10
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Check-In: 8:30 a.m.
Bring: Your regalia (cap and gown)
Location: Hamilton Gymnasium
More Information: http://du.edu/commencement

FAQ for University College Graduation Celebration and Hooding

Is this the same as commencement? No. Commencement for master’s graduates is on Friday, June 9 in the Hamilton Gymnasium; undergraduate commencement will be Saturday, June 10 in Hamilton Gymnasium. 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.

Do I need my cap and gown? Yes. You’ll be able to order your regalia online at Jostens.com from April 7 through April 28. After that, you can still order in person at the University of Denver Bookstore or over the phone (call 303-871-3251) until May 15.  You can pick up your regalia at the bookstore June 6 through June 9 during the hours they are open. Students attending the University College Graduation Celebration will wear their cap and gown for this event.

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? There are several lots you can use for this event. Parking in Lot L will be free to University College graduate and guests on a space available basis. Please refer to http://www.du.edu/parking/ for more detailed maps. We suggest coming early to find parking.

  • Lot L is north of Ricketson Law Building, with entry off E. Asbury Avenue (free – permit will be sent after your RSVP is received)
  • Sturm Hall  Paid Hourly Parking Accessible via E. Asbury Avenue
  • Evans Garage Paid Garage Parking Accessible at southeast corner of Evans Avenue and S. High Street

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.

Where is Sturm Hall? Sturm Hall is located between E. Asbury Avenue and Evans Avenue. See the map here.

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