Graduation & Commencement Information

This year's celebration will take place on Thursday, May 9th from 10am to 3pm on Lowry Campus, 9101 E Lowry Blvd. Reserve your spot!

Celebrating Your Achievement

Congratulations, CityHawks! As you soar from the CityHawk Nest, we are thrilled to celebrate your accomplishments at the Community College of Denver's Commencement. This page serves as your hub for all things graduation-related, ensuring you have the information you need to make your commencement experience memorable.

Your Journey, Our Celebration

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." CityHawks, you are equipped to wield this powerful tool. This page isn't just about logistics; it's about celebrating your achievements, creating lasting memories, and providing a comprehensive resource for your graduation experience.

Congratulations to all our graduates!

Crafting Unforgettable Moments

Grand Stage Walk:

  • Each graduate will grace the stage, symbolizing your academic journey.
  • Your moment is elevated with heartfelt congratulations from our esteemed president and a personalized photo together.
  • Capture the cheers of family and friends as they witness your moment.
  • Embrace the opportunity to invite family and friends onto the stage for a group photo, immortalizing the joyous occasion.
  • Immerse yourself in the celebration with graduation goodies and a printed commemorative program.

RSVP by April 26 to reserve your timeslot.

Graduation Block Party

  • Graduation Portraits: After your stage walk, relish the opportunity to have your official graduation portrait taken, immortalizing the elegance of your achievement.
  • Block Party Extravaganza: Join the jubilation at the Block Party, celebrating your triumph with fellow graduates, faculty, family, and friends.

Engage and Celebrate at Grad Fair

  • Caps and Gowns: Available for pickup on a couple of days before the big day. Keep an eye on the schedule.
  • For cords, stoles, or pins: You will contact your student organization or program coordinator.
  • Express Your Creativity: Decorate your grad cap at the Grad Fair.

Accessibility Accommodations

Contact the Accessibility Center at by April 29, 2024 for any accessibility accommodations.

Navigating Your Graduation Journey at Community College of Denver

Embarking on your graduation journey is a significant step, and at the Community College of Denver, we're here to guide you through the process. Let's make your path to commencement clear, accessible, and successful.


Major Acceptance:

Confirm acceptance into a program of study (major) at CCD. Check with your academic advisor or utilize Degree Check on CCDConnect to ensure you're on the right track.

Credit Requirements:

  • Fulfill credit hour requirements:
    15 credit hours for a degree or 25 percent of your certificate.
    Minimum 60 credit hours for a degree; certificate requirements may vary.
  • Academic Performance:
    Maintain a grade of "C" or better in each course.
    Address any incomplete or satisfactory progress grades promptly; submit grade changes to the Office of Registration and Records within two weeks after the semester ends.
  • Name Verification:
    Confirm that the name on your diploma aligns with your current school records. If there's a change, submit a Change of Information Form to the Office of Registration and Records (Confluence Building, room 144).
  • Transcript Evaluation:
    If you have credits from a previous institution, ensure the Office of Registration and Records (Confluence Building, room 114) receives your official transcripts before submitting the Graduation Application Form.
  • Credit for Prior Learning:
    Students seeking Credit for Prior Learning should complete all required paperwork with the Academic Advising and Student Success Center (Confluence Building, room 123).
  • Additional Program Requirements:
    Check the catalog for any unique requirements within your specific program of study.

Complete the Graduation Application form to officially signal your readiness to graduate.

Once approved to graduate, we invite you to partake in CCD's annual commencement ceremony held in mid-May. This celebration honors graduates from the previous summer, fall, and spring semesters.

Your success story deserves a grand finale - let's make your graduation a memorable and joyous occasion at Community College of Denver!


Commencement Contact:

For any inquiries or assistance, connect with CCD's Student Programming, Activities & Resource Center (SPARC) at 303.556.2597 or email

Graduation Support Contact:


Advising Support:

Questions? Your Academic Advisor can help! Schedule an appointment, call 303.556.2481 or email