Commencement

Our Spring 2017 ceremonies take place May 13.

Celebrate Your Accomplishment.

The College of Liberal Arts hosts one Fall and two Spring undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

Our graduate commencement ceremony takes place separately with the CSU Graduate School.

Cap and Gown

Get your regalia and look sharp on the big day. 

Schedule

Check the date and time of your ceremony and be sure to arrive early.

Map

Find exactly where you need to be with CSU's interactive campus map.

Parking

Parking can be a pain; keep it as simple as possible for you and your guests.

Undergraduate Ceremony

The College of Liberal Arts will be holding two commencement ceremonies in Spring 2017 to accommodate increasing student numbers. Be sure to reference the information below that applies to your department

College of Liberal Arts I

Art and Art History and Music, Theatre, and Dance

Saturday, May 13, 2017
4:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom

College of Liberal Arts II

Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, International Studies, Journalism and Media Communication, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology

Saturday, May 13, 2017
7:15 p.m., Moby Arena

Graduate Ceremony

College of Liberal Arts graduate and doctoral students participate in the Graduate School Commencement. For regalia and line-up information, please visit http://graduateschool.colostate.edu.

College of Liberal Arts I - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

4:30 pm, LSC Grand Ballroom


The College of Liberal Arts would like to congratulate you on your upcoming graduation from Colorado State University! We hope this commencement will be a meaningful, dignified ceremony that reflects the significance of your personal achievement and your family’s and friends’ pride in you.

Attendance

Seniors are invited to participate in an undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts. Seniors may choose to participate in Fall (December) or Spring (May) ceremonies, depending on their availability, family and friends, and interest in participating with their peers graduating at the same time. The College of Liberal Arts will be prepared for each graduating senior with the Anticipated Graduation Term for that semester’s commencement ceremony (Spring and Summer terms for Spring ceremony; Fall term for Fall ceremony). 

Lineup

All graduates must arrive at the LSC North Ballroom no later than 3:45. When you arrive, pick up your name card at the tables. Hold on to your name card; you will hand it to the name announcer as you walk across the stage during the commencement ceremony. Once you pick up your card, get in line with your classmates under the sign for your department. You must be checked in and lined up under the department sign no later than 4:10. Students will process to the LSC Grand Ballroom at approximately 4:20. Follow the instructions of the commencement marshals who will lead you to the arena. There will be no place for you to store coats or personal belongings in the LSC North Ballroom.

Ceremony

All College of Liberal Arts graduating seniors will be individually recognized at the CLA Commencement Ceremony. Individual names will be announced and diploma covers presented. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m., and will last approximately one (1) hour. To honor all graduates, we require that you stay for the entire ceremony. Students with special needs (i.e. hearing-impaired, wheelchair seating) should contact CLA_Commencement@Mail.ColoState.Edu.  Students completing coursework in the Summer term may walk in either the Spring or Fall commencement ceremonies.

Tickets for guests are not required for the ceremony and the number of guests is not limited. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be seated in the LSC Grand Ballroom beginning at 3:30 pm.

Names in the Printed Program

Seniors with an Anticipated Graduation Term in Spring or Summer will have their names in the Spring Commencement Program. Seniors with an Anticipated Graduation Term in Summer or Fall will have their names in the Fall Commencement Program. Seniors with confidential holds on their records, or an Anticipated Graduation Term of another semester will NOT be included in the program. Walk-through students will only be included in the program for their Anticipated Graduation Term.

Regalia (Cap and Gown)

Cap and gown are required. Undergraduate caps and gowns are black, cum laude caps and gowns are gold, and University Honors Program caps and gowns are green. Students graduating with distinction (cum laude, etc.) will receive a letter mid-semester indicating this status. You must present this letter to the regalia representatives to rent a gold robe. A list of University Honors Scholar graduates will be provided to regalia representatives for students to rent green robes. Honorary society cords will be provided by each honorary society. Tassels are worn on the left side and cap should be worn level and not decorated.

Students

Order your cap, gown and tassel in advance online via the commencement homepage and click Get Your Cap & Gown. The deadline for ordering student regalia is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

CSU Alumni Association Mobile App

The new CSU Alumni Association app brings your lifelong connection to Colorado State right to your phone! Use the app to keep up with the latest news and alumni events in your area. Plus, grad pack members can access exclusive discounts and benefits using your digital membership card. It offers everything you need to stay a Stalwart Ram after graduation! Download the CSU Alumni Association Mobile App.

Faculty

Faculty orders are coordinated by each college office.  Colleges or departments work directly with the supplier, Unique Recognition, to place faculty orders by using the form that been sent to all departments.  The deadline for ordering faculty/courtesy regalia online is FRIDAY, MARCH 24.

Type of Regalia Cost

Faculty masters or doctorate rental unit $ 48.00
Faculty cap, gown & tassel only rental $ 22.00
Faculty hood only rental $ 26.00

Distribution (All)

Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Moby C-Wing (east side of the Moby Complex), C102

Additionally, regalia may be picked up one hour prior to their ceremony at their ceremony site, until 10 a.m. Sunday, May 14. No regalia, student or faculty, may be picked up after 10 a.m. Sunday, May 14.

Regalia Returns

Return of regalia will be immediately after the ceremony in the LSC by the registration desk, just outside of the ballroom. Please note that there may be a charge for late returns. Any late returns should be sent directly to:

HERFF JONES – RETURNS
1000 N MARKET ST
CHAMPAIGN IL 61820

Diploma Covers

Graduates receive a diploma cover at Commencement. The actual diplomas will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after commencement. For those unable to attend the ceremonies, diploma covers are available in the Registrar’s Office (at no charge). Diploma covers can be mailed by calling 970-491-7159; the postage cost is $5.00 USD.

Announcement and Class Ring Sales

Representatives from CB Grad Announcements (announcements) and Josten’s (class rings) will be present on February 14, 15, and 16 in the Lory Student Center Flea Market area (outside the University Bookstore) to take advanced, customized orders. The Grad Fair will be held February 15, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the LSC Flea Market area. After February 16, announcement orders may be placed at www.cbgrad.com or by calling 800-433-0296.  Customized orders are returned within seven days of being ordered. 

Generic announcements (non-personalized announcements) may be purchased at the University Bookstore any time.

Photos

Professional photographers will take your photo as you receive your diploma. Grad Images will contact you through your CSU email address about your proofs two to three weeks after the ceremony. To contact Grad Images, call (800) 628-4509 or visit http://info.gradimages.com/.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, please call 970-491-7667 or check safety.colostate.edu for updates on the University’s operating status and news of any closures or cancellations.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited in commencement venues:

  • Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs carried by patrons
  • Glass bottles or metal cans
  • Ice chests or large coolers
  • Bota bags or wine skins
  • Sticks, clubs, or bats
  • Fireworks, firearms, or other weapons or simulated weapons
  • Bullhorns or artificial noisemakers
  • Framed backpacks
  • Animals other than certified guide dogs for the disabled

Questions

For more University commencement and commissioning ceremony information, please visit http://www.commencement.colostate.edu. For additional information about the College of Liberal Arts ceremony please contact CLA_Commencement@Mail.ColoState.Edu.

College of Liberal Arts II - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 13th, 2017
7:15 pm, Moby Arena


The College of Liberal Arts would like to congratulate you on your upcoming graduation from Colorado State University! We hope this commencement will be a meaningful, dignified ceremony that reflects the significance of your personal achievement and your family’s and friends’ pride in you.

Attendance

Seniors are invited to participate in an undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts. Seniors may choose to participate in Fall (December) or Spring (May) ceremonies, depending on their availability, family and friends, and interest in participating with their peers graduating at the same time. The College of Liberal Arts will be prepared for each graduating senior with the Anticipated Graduation Term for that semester’s commencement ceremony (Spring and Summer terms for Spring ceremony; Fall term for Fall ceremony). 

Lineup

All graduates must arrive at the Moby Arena Intramural Gym no later than 6:30. When you arrive, pick up your name card at the tables. Hold on to your name card; you will hand it to the name announcer as you walk across the stage during the commencement ceremony. Once you pick up your card, get in line with your classmates under the sign for your department. You must be checked in and lined up under the department sign no later than 6:55. Students will process to the Moby Arena at approximately 7:05. Follow the instructions of the commencement marshals who will lead you to the arena. There will be no place for you to store coats or personal belongings in the Intramural Gym.

Ceremony

All College of Liberal Arts graduating seniors will be individually recognized at the CLA Commencement Ceremony. Only graduates are allowed on the floor of Moby Arena. Individual names will be announced and diploma covers presented. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m., and will last approximately two (2) hours. To honor all graduates, we require that you stay for the entire ceremony. Students with special needs (i.e. hearing-impaired, wheelchair seating) should contact CLA_Commencement@Mail.ColoState.Edu.  Students completing coursework in the Summer term may walk in either the Spring or Fall commencement ceremonies.

Tickets for guests are not required for the ceremony and the number of guests is not limited. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be seated in Moby Arena beginning at 6:15 pm.

Wheelchair accommodations for guests are available on the north and south ends of the concourse level. The best area for wheelchair guest drop off is along the north entrance. The first two rows of seats in each seating section will be reserved for limited mobility quests. There will be reserved seating in Section P for hearing impaired guests. Sign language interpreters will be present at the ceremony and will be located on the south end of the stage.

Names in the Printed Program

Seniors with an Anticipated Graduation Term in Spring or Summer will have their names in the Spring Commencement Program. Seniors with an Anticipated Graduation Term in Summer or Fall will have their names in the Fall Commencement Program. Seniors with confidential holds on their records, or an Anticipated Graduation Term of another semester will NOT be included in the program. Walk-through students will only be included in the program for their Anticipated Graduation Term.

Regalia (Cap and Gown)

Cap and gown are required. Undergraduate caps and gowns are black, cum laude caps and gowns are gold, and University Honors Program caps and gowns are green. Students graduating with distinction (cum laude, etc.) will receive a letter mid-semester indicating this status. You must present this letter to the regalia representatives to rent a gold robe. A list of University Honors Scholar graduates will be provided to regalia representatives for students to rent green robes. Honorary society cords will be provided by each honorary society. Tassels are worn on the left side and cap should be worn level and not decorated.

Students

Order your cap, gown and tassel in advance online via the commencement homepage and click Get Your Cap & Gown. The deadline for ordering student regalia is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

CSU Alumni Association Mobile App

The new CSU Alumni Association app brings your lifelong connection to Colorado State right to your phone! Use the app to keep up with the latest news and alumni events in your area. Plus, grad pack members can access exclusive discounts and benefits using your digital membership card. It offers everything you need to stay a Stalwart Ram after graduation! Download the CSU Alumni Association Mobile App.

Faculty

Faculty orders are coordinated by each college office.  Colleges or departments work directly with the supplier, Unique Recognition, to place faculty orders by using the form that been sent to all departments.  The deadline for ordering faculty/courtesy regalia online is FRIDAY, MARCH 24.

Type of Regalia Cost

Faculty masters or doctorate rental unit $ 48.00
Faculty cap, gown & tassel only rental $ 22.00
Faculty hood only rental $ 26.00

Distribution (All)

Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Moby C-Wing (east side of the Moby Complex), C102

Additionally, regalia may be picked up one hour prior to their ceremony at their ceremony site, until 10 a.m. Sunday, May 14. No regalia, student or faculty, may be picked up after 10 a.m. Sunday, May 14.

Regalia Returns

Return of regalia will be immediately after the ceremony to Moby C-Wing. Please note that there may be a charge for late returns. Any late returns should be sent directly to:

HERFF JONES – RETURNS
1000 N MARKET ST
CHAMPAIGN IL 61820

Diploma Covers

Graduates receive a diploma cover at Commencement. The actual diplomas will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after commencement. For those unable to attend the ceremonies, diploma covers are available in the Registrar’s Office (at no charge). Diploma covers can be mailed by calling 970-491-7159; the postage cost is $5.00 USD.

Announcement and Class Ring Sales

Representatives from CB Grad Announcements (announcements) and Josten’s (class rings) will be present on February 14, 15, and 16 in the Lory Student Center Flea Market area (outside the University Bookstore) to take advanced, customized orders. The Grad Fair will be held February 15, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the LSC Flea Market area. After February 16, announcement orders may be placed at www.cbgrad.com or by calling 800-433-0296.  Customized orders are returned within seven days of being ordered. 

Generic announcements (non-personalized announcements) may be purchased at the University Bookstore any time.

Photos

Professional photographers will take your photo as you receive your diploma. Grad Images will contact you through your CSU email address about your proofs two to three weeks after the ceremony. To contact Grad Images, call (800) 628-4509 or visit http://info.gradimages.com/.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, please call 970-491-7667 or check safety.colostate.edu for updates on the University’s operating status and news of any closures or cancellations.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited in commencement venues:

  • Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs carried by patrons
  • Glass bottles or metal cans
  • Ice chests or large coolers
  • Bota bags or wine skins
  • Sticks, clubs, or bats
  • Fireworks, firearms, or other weapons or simulated weapons
  • Bullhorns or artificial noisemakers
  • Framed backpacks
  • Animals other than certified guide dogs for the disabled

Questions

For more University commencement and commissioning ceremony information, please visit www.commencement.colostate.edu. For additional information about the College of Liberal Arts ceremony please contact CLA_Commencement@Mail.ColoState.Edu.