Our Fall 2018 ceremony takes place on December 15. 

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.

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College of Liberal Arts

Saturday, Dec 15, 2018
3 pm, Moby Arena

College of Liberal Arts - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, December 15, 2018
3 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.


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). A name reader card will be pre-printed by the Registrar's Office for these students.

Names in the Printed Program

The Registrar's Office provides names for the printed program based on the Anticipated Graduation Term students designate on RAMweb. Students: YOU are responsible for setting the correct Anticipated Graduation Term in RAMweb. 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. For questions about your Anticipated Graduation Term, please consult with your adviser.


All graduates must arrive at the Moby Arena Intramural Gym no later than 2:15 pm. 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 2:40 pm. Students will process to the Moby Arena at approximately 2:50 pm. 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.


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 3 pm, 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 the Moby Arena beginning at 2 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.

Clear Bag Policy at Moby Arena 

Colorado State University announced the implementation of a clear bag policy in 2017 to enhance event security procedures for all events at Moby Arena. The purpose of the clear bag policy is to provide a safer environment for the public and expedite patron entry into Moby Arena. This policy aligns itself with the safety trends of professional and collegiate arenas and stadiums nationwide. This new policy limits and restricts the sizes and types of bags that are permitted into Moby Arena during events.

All points of entry will be included under the new policy. There are no provisions to check items at each entry. Instead, patrons will be asked to either take prohibited items back to their car, or dispose of prohibited items at their respective entrance. For specific information about the clear bag policy, please view the downloadable PDF

At Colorado State University we want to ensure all guests have a positive, memorable and safe experience during the Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremonies. We look forward to celebrating your graduates’ special day.

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.

Student Pre-Deadline Information 

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 Monday, October 29, 2018.

CSU Alumni Association Mobile App

The 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.


Order your cap, gown, and tassel directly through Jostens by contacting one of the Jostens representatives. Please contact Colleen Weitzel in the Dean's Office for this information. The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is Monday, October 29, 2018. 

Grad Fest Distribution (Students and Faculty)

Grad Fest will be on Thursday and Friday, December 13 - 14 from 8 am - 5 pm in the Smith Alumni Center. This is when students and faculty can begin to pick up their regalia. 

Regalia Returns

Students and faculty can return their regalia immediately after the College of Liberal Arts ceremony in Moby C-Wing. If you do not return your regalia immediately following the ceremony then you will  need to return your regalia to the Smith Alumni Center. 

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 orders may be placed at 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 at any time.


Guests may use cameras from the upper concourse level. Guests are not permitted on the arena floor during the ceremony.

A professional photographer will take photos of graduates as they line up for individual recognition, as they cross the stage, and in front of a blue screen for customized backgrounds. GradImages® is the official photographer at your graduation ceremony. You can review photos for purchase online the week after commencement at Or, if you would like to receive an email when your/your graduate's photos are available, please visit Enter Colorado State University and select College of Liberal Arts. You may enter your own information, or that of friends and family members who wish to see your photos. If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the GradImages® customer service department at (800) 261-2576 or email them at

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, please call 970-491-7667 or check 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


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

Graduate School Ceremony

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

NEW: Clear Bag Policy at Moby Arena

A clear bag policy will be in effect for the Moby Arena ceremonies this fall. 

For specific information about the clear bag policy, please view the downloadable PDF