May 10, 2018

CCD 2018 Commencement Ceremony

About This Ceremony

CCD holds a Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony once each year at the end of the spring term. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
DU Magness Arena (Located at 2240 East Buchtel Blvd. (Look for the gold-topped Williams Tower)
Rehearsal: May 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Prior to the Ceremony Graduates must be in Hamilton Gym at the Ritchie Center by 6:00 p.m. for line up and last-minute instructions. Those who arrive after the processional line departs the gym or do not have their cap and gown will forfeit the opportunity to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Note: Security bag checks will be conducted at the venue entrances for graduates and guests.

Notice for Ceremony Participants

  • This ceremony will include summer and fall 2017 graduates and spring 2018 graduation candidates.
  • Summer 2018 graduation candidates with six (6) or fewer credits to complete in summer are welcome to participate in the spring Commencement Ceremony on May 10.  Please note that this is not your official graduation and your name will not be printed in the commencement program.
  • For spring and summer 2018 candidates, awards are made pending a final audit after grades post.

Pre-Commencement Information


Rehearsal is on Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Hamilton Gym at the DU Ritchie Center. All graduates participating in commencement are encouraged to attend. We will determine seating order, conduct a brief run-through of the program, show you how to play your part during the ceremony, and answer your questions. Free parking for rehearsal is available at DU in lot 108. Please enter at the north Ritchie Center Handicapped Entrance – lower level.


Graduates should RSVP in April. Your RSVP is important so we know how many will attend and we can plan accordingly. It also enables us to be prepared with the name card needed to announce your award during the ceremony.

Regalia (Caps & Gowns)

The cap and gowns match our school colors of purple with a purple and gold tassel. All graduates planning to participate in commencement are required to wear the traditional cap and gown, and will not be allowed to participate without these items.

Only commencement-committee-approved pins, stoles, and tassels are permitted. The following student groups are approved for cords, stoles or pins.  Contact your faculty advisor for information:

  • BAS-Dental Hygiene Graduates - Lilac-colored Cords
  • Dream.US - stoles
  • Dreamers United - stoles
  • Health Sciences - pins
  • Honors Program – purple and gold cords
  • LGBTQ - stoles
  • National Society for Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) - stoles
  • Presidential Service Award – medallions
  • Psi Beta - cords, stoles or medallions
  • PTK – Phi Theta Kappa – stoles, cords and tassels
  • Rising Star Award - medallions
  • Student Government Association Officers - stoles
  • Veterans - cords
  • WISE – cords

Graduates will be asked to remove any cords, stoles, pins, medals, or other adornments not sanctioned by the College. 

Class Rings & Announcements

Rings are available at the bookstore through class ring representatives during planned event times. Check the bookstore website for upcoming event dates. Graduation announcements will also be available at the bookstore.

2018 Ceremony Information


It is important to wear the proper attire under the academic regalia. Graduates should wear professional clothes such as slacks and shirt, or skirt and blouse. Please wear appropriate shoes as they show under the academic regalia.

Ceremony Conduct

Graduates, please set an example for your guests. To show respect for and to honor all our graduates, we ask participants to remain in their seats throughout the entire ceremony. Graduates will exit as a class to recessional music. Guests will exit after the recessional ends. Guests will not be allowed around the stage area during the ceremony.

Disability Provisions

Limited designated wheelchair parking space and seating for disabled guests will be available (see parking map link below). Designated handicapped parking is available for those with handicap placards. See parking map below for handicapped entrance.

Guests | Seating & Parking

Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. CCD will not issue guest tickets. Select DU parking lots will be open beginning at 5 p.m. and are free of charge for attendees. Magness Arena will open at 5:30 p.m. For a parking map, please visit DU’s parking information page.

Commencement Location & Parking

The DU Campus Light Rail Station is served by trains E and H – see RTD's schedule for route information.


A professional photographer will take photographs of you at commencement as you receive your diploma and as you return to your seat. Your family and friends may take photographs of you from their seats; they will not be allowed in the stage area. Approximately three weeks after commencement you will receive a link to view and order your photos from the professional photographer.

Spanish Interpretation

Spanish Interpretation will be available at CCD's Commencement Ceremony. Individuals needing this service will need to check out a headset when you arrive at the DU Magness Arena. To check out a headset, you will need a valid identification card OR credit card. This service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis; we suggest you arrive early. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

Additional Information

Learn more about the graduation process with the Graduation Checklist and review information about receiving your diploma.

For questions about commencement ceremony logistics, contact the Office of Registration & Records at 303.556.2420 or

For questions about announcements and class rings, contact the Tivoli Station at 303.556.4286.

Unable to attend rehearsal? Contact Jan Masters

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2017 Commencement Program

The 2017 Commencement Ceremony was held at DU Magness Arena on May 11.  Approximately 430 graduates participated in the ceremony. As a helpful reference, we have included last year's commencement information.