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Frequently Asked Questions -  Spring 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 Student Success Center at 255-3260 to set up an appointment for a Senior Audit.  Graduate students should contact staff in the respective programs.
For master's and PhD graduate candidates: Contact your department staff or faculty representative.

 How do I purchase my cap and gown?

Visit the UCCS Bookstore at the Graduate Fair:  Dates TBD outside the Bookstore in the University Center, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. After and before the Graduate Fair you may purchase your caps and gowns at the Bookstore.

Professional photographer will be available for Cap and Gown photo packages at the Graduate Fair.

How do I order announcements?
Visit the C.B. Announcements table at the Graduate Fair: Dates TBD outside the Bookstore in the University Center, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, or order directly by calling 1-800-433-0296.  For more information, contact customer service at the Bookstore at 255-3247 or order online at


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 2011 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.
Latin Honors are not awarded to master's and PhD. candidates.


Are graduate students eligible to receive Latin honors?
No, there are no Latin honors for Master's Degree students, only for undergraduates.


What time does Commencement start?
Commencement for Undergraduate & Graduate students starts at 10:00 a.m. at the World Arena. Graduates are asked to be at the World Arena by 9:30 a.m.


How long will Commencement take?
Approximately 2 hours for the undergraduate & graduate ceremony.


Do I need to pay for parking at the World Arena?


Am I allowed to bring outside items into the World Arena?
It depends on the item.  We are required to follow the guidelines set forth by the World Arena.


Do guests need tickets to attend Commencement?


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 World Arena only allows four seats to be saved by any one person.


Can you recommend hotels/motels near the World Arena for out-of-town guests?
The University is unable to endorse individual hotels/motels; however, the Colorado Springs Visitors Guide
 web site offers a listing of hotels in Colorado Springs. 


When/where can I pick up my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns can be picked up when purchased at the Graduation Fair.


What do I do if I forget to purchase my cap/gown?
There will be a few cap and gowns available for purchase at the World Arena service area the day of Commencement.


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.


What should I do with my cap and gown?
There will be drop off points at designated areas within World Arena if you wish to recycle your cap and gown. However, since they are purchased, you may keep the cap and gown.


Where do (specific) graduates sit?
In the order listed in the program
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 students following the ceremony.



Will there be an opportunity to get professional photos?
Yes, Grad Images will be available to take photos on the day of Commencement and during the ceremony.


When will I get my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed to you by the end of August.

How do I join the UCCS Alumni Association?
Contact Jennifer Hane, in the Alumni Relations Office at 719/255-3180 or visit theAlumni Home Page for more information.