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Frequently Asked Questions - Fall Commencement


How do I make sure I have completed all the requirements for graduation and I am on the list to graduate?

For bachelor's degree candidates: call the Academic Advising at 719-255-3260 to set up an appointment for a Senior Audit

For master's and PhD graduate candidates: Contact your department staff or faculty representative.


 I have completed my Senior Audit.  Do I have to register for the ceremony?

Yes.  Registering for the ceremony confirms your participation.


How do I purchase my cap and gown?

Attend the Graduate Fair: Tuesday, November 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November 9th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the University Center, Room 116.   Regalia (cap and gown) is also available year-round at the UCCS Bookstore.


How do I order announcements?

  • Visit the Jostens table at the Graduate Fair: November 8th (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and November 9th (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) in Room 116 in the University Center, or order directly by calling or at 719-255-3247
  • Announcements are also available for purchase at the Copy Center. For more information, visit the Copy Center in University Center Room 108 or contact them at 719-255-3213 or


If I am graduating with honors, will I receive an honor cord?

Yes, honor cords are ordered for graduates graduating with honorary distinction Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude, based on Fall GPAs. All individuals receiving Latin honors will receive an honor cord when they check in on the day of Commencement.

What do the different color honor cords represent?

For bachelor's degree candidates:  Latin Honors: Summa Cum Laude (old gold), Magna Cum Laude (silver), and Cum Laude (bronze).  Other colors represent involvement in honor societies.


Are graduate students eligible for Latin honors?

Latin honors for Master's and PhD graduate candidates are not awarded.


What time does Commencement start?

Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students starts at 2:00 p.m.  Graduates are asked to be at The Broadmoor World Arena by 1:15 pm.


How long will Commencement take?

Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours for the undergraduate & graduate ceremony.


Do I need to pay for parking at The Broadmoor World Arena?

No.  Parking is free in the lots surrounding The Broadmoor World Arena.  Event staff will direct you to the appropriate parking locations.


Am I allowed to bring outside items into The Broadmoor World Arena?

It depends on the item.  We are required to follow the guidelines set forth by The Broadmoor World Arena: All bags and backpacks will be searched upon entry. 


Do guests need tickets to attend Commencement?

No. Early arrival guarantees the best seating.


Are graduates limited to a certain number of guests?

No, but there is a limit to the number of seats that can be "saved," if you have plans of sending one person early. The Broadmoor World Arena only allows four seats to be saved by any one person.  


Can you recommend hotels/motels near the Broadmoor World Arena for out-of-town guests?

The University is unable to endorse individual hotels/motels; however, the Colorado Springs Visitors Guide website offers a listing of hotels in Colorado Springs.


Are there handicap seating areas for individuals with wheelchairs, crutches, or walkers?

Yes. Accessible seating is available on the concourse level (row K)

*Handicapped parking spaces are available at the Broadmoor World Arena.


Is there a designation hearing impaired section?

 Yes, we provide sign language in Section 107.


What are my options if I forget to purchase cap and gown or forget to pick up my cap and gown?

Limited caps and gowns are available for purchase at the Bookstore table the day of graduation at the Broadmoor World Arena between Gates A and B.


Which side of my cap does the tassel go on?

For Undergraduates:  Tassels should start on the right side of the mortarboard.  At the end of the ceremony graduates will be asked to move it to the left.

For Masters and Ph.D.s: Tassels begin and remain on the left side of the mortarboard.


Can I decorate my cap and gown?

You are asked not to alter your regalia in any way.


Is there a rehearsal?

There is no rehearsal for the ceremony. Graduates will be lined up by degree upon arrival.

Ph.D.s and DNPs are hooded on stage individually. They will receive extra direction on site.


Where do (specific) graduates sit?

In the order listed in the program; see map on inside back cover. Graduates will cross the stage in a double line fashion.


Will there be an opportunity to get photos with faculty and/or the dean of my college?

Faculty are encouraged to mingle with graduates following the ceremony on the arena floor.


When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed by the end of March.


How do I join the UCCS Alumni Association?

Contact Jennifer Hane, in the Alumni Relations Office at 719/255-3180 or visit the Alumni Home Page for more information.


How do I order Graduation pictures from the Ceremony?

You can visit The following two pieces of information are required:
·         Last Name of the graduate
·         Graduate Year

Grad Images customer service number is: 1-800-261-8576 ext 1950.