Fall FAQ

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.

Yes. Registering for the ceremony confirms your participation.

Attend the Graduate Fair: November 6th and 7th in Room 116 in the University Center, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regalia (cap and gown) is also available year-round at the UCCS Bookstore.

  • Visit the Jostens table at the Graduate Fair: November 6th (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and November 7th (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 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 copycenter@uccs.edu.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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. No outside food or beverages will be allowed. 

If you have a stroller or infant carrier/car seat, it must be checked at the Penrose Club Entrance. There is not room in the seating area for these items. Please hold small children on your laps.

The following Items will not be permitted inside of The Broadmoor World Arena

  • Helium Balloons
  • Beach Balls or Water Guns
  • Silly String or Confetti
  • Horns, Cow Bells, Sirens, or any other Noise Maker
  • WEAPONS (including items that resemble weapons)
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Large Signs, Posters or Pictures that obstruct the view of those around you
  • Recording Devices that will obstruct the view of those around you (i.e. Holding up an iPad/tablet, Tripods etc.)
  • Remote controlled recording devices (i.e. Drones)

No. Early arrival guarantees the best seating.

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 two seats to be saved by any one person. Ten minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, the open seats will become available for others. 

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

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

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

Yes, we provide sign language in Section 107.

Accessible seating is available for hearing impaired individuals, plus 1-2 guests.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Diplomas will be mailed by the end of March.

Contact Lisa Bartholme, in the Alumni Relations Office at 719-255-3187 or visit the Alumni Home Page for more information.

You can visit http://www.gradimages.com/universityofcoloradocoloradosprings 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 extge for more information.

Following commencement, GradImages photographers will be circulating outside the commencement venue to capture additional candid photographs of our graduates with their loved ones. The GradImages staff will be wearing red vests, so they’ll be highly visible and easy to locate. Grab a red vest and snap some candid shots!

Contact Lisa Bartholme, in the Alumni Relations Office at 719-255-3187 or visit the Alumni Home Page