Candidate Commencement Details

Preparing for your big day

Preparing for your big day

Congratulations on your big day! Below is information specific to the Graduate School Commencement ceremony.  You will also be directed to the University’s website,, for information that applies to all commencement ceremonies.


Order your cap, gown and tassel in advance online using the instructions provided on the Commencement.colostate homepage. The deadline for ordering student regalia is Monday, April 1, 2019.

Students who purchase a Grad Pack after April 1 must pick up a voucher during Grad Fest at the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center before entering cap and gown distribution to receive regalia. Students who are only interested in renting regalia at this time (no Alumni Association membership or benefits), may purchase regalia packages at Grad Fest.

Cap and Gown Distribution (for students and faculty)

Please visit  Graduation Day F.A.Q.  for distribution details.

Name Cards

You will receive your name card at regalia distribution and are responsible for bringing the name card to the ceremony. If you do not have a pre-printed name card in your regalia,  please fill out a name card at Moby Arena Intramural Gym between 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on May 17 .

Name cards are used by the announcer to introduce you as you cross the platform at the ceremony.  Please hand your name card to the announcer’s assistant when you walk up the ramp.

Lineup for Ceremony

Time: 2:40 pm (MDT)

Place: Moby Arena Intramural Gym, enter at the Southeast entrance of Moby Intramural Gym as indicated on this map.  (Your guests should enter Moby as indicated on the Moby Arena Guest Entrance Map.)

Ph.D. students and their advisors will assemble on the west side of the Intramural Gym, and master’s students will assemble on the east side of the Intramural Gym to receive final instructions for the processional and ceremony.

Clear Bag Policy

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.

View the Moby Clear Bag Policy. 

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! Click here to download.

Commencement Parking

Visit the Parking for Commencement  webpage for more information.

Onsite Photography

GradImages will be the onsite photographer .  You can review photos for purchase online the week after commencement at Or, if you would like to receive an email when your graduate’s photos are available, please visit  You may also visit the website in advance and enter your email for a discount coupon.

Share your memories

You’re graduating! This is a REALLY big deal. 

Share away on social media using hashtag #RamGrad

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 ordered by calling 970-491-7159.

Graduation Announcements and Class Ring Sales

Generic announcements (non-personalized announcements) may be purchased at the University Bookstore at any time. Visit for additional announcement and commencement information.