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Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful Tips for Commencement Day

  • Bring sunscreen and a hat.
  • Bring an umbrella! Because of the size of the event, the University Commencement ceremony will be held outside on Morningside Campus, rain or shine. Class Days and other school graduation ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, many of which are indoors or under tents. Please check location information and prepare accordingly. In case of rain, the Baccalaureate Service for undergraduate degree candidates will not be preceded by a formal procession. Please watch the weather reports and be prepared for a variety of conditions.
  • On-campus housing reservations for the families of graduating students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit the Commencement Housing website.
  • It is strongly recommended that during Commencement Week guests use public transportation to get to the ceremonies if at all possible. The MTA subway line 1 stops just outside the gates of Morningside Campus, and many city buses run through the area.
  • When possible, we encourage guests to bring their own water bottles in order to cut down on waste. As the University remains committed to global sustainability efforts, there will be clearly-marked recycling bins on the campus grounds during the Commencement Week; following the event, we would ask that guests deposit any unwanted plastic bottles or paper products (including programs), in these containers.
  • Students should provide their guests their Commencement tickets prior to the ceremony because guests and candidates enter through different entrances.
  • Students should pick up academic attire prior to University Commencement as it’s a challenge to navigate to the CU bookstore during the morning of Commencement.
  • The selling or buying of University Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Please be cautious of offers to sell or buy Commencement tickets. Tickets hold no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy, therefore deemed unusable and denied on University Commencement day. Commencement tickets are solely for the purpose of allowing the friends and relatives of graduating students to attend the ceremony.

  • The Levien Gymnasium of the Dodge Fitness Center will serve as an indoor, weather-friendly, accessible viewing location for any guest with a general admission ticket.