Commencement

 

Congratulations to all College of Agricultural Sciences Graduates!

The dean, faculty, and staff of the College of Agricultural Sciences congratulate you on your upcoming graduation from Colorado State University! We are excited to celebrate you and your accomplishments. 

Commencement Day Events

Graduation Celebration

Friday, May 10
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Durrell Center, 950 W Plum Street, Fort Collins, CO
The Durrell Center is located across the street from Moby Arena, making for an easy transition to the Commencement venue.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 3 using this form.

College of Agricultural Sciences Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 10
7:30 pm
Moby Arena

Check-in and Line Up

6:30 pm Auxiliary Gym

  • Graduates, faculty, and staff will check in at the Auxiliary Gym at 6:30 pm to line up and pick-up name cards. Graduates will give name cards to the announcer before making their way across the stage.
  • All students, faculty, and staff should be dressed in regalia and lined up no later than 7:15 pm.
  • Personal items should be left in your vehicle or brought in a clear bag. Please note that bags will not be allowed in the ceremony and must be left in the Auxiliary Gym.

Seating and Tickets

  • No tickets are necessary. Any and all guests are welcome.
  • As a courtesy to other guests, please do not block off rows of seats.
  • Disabled Seating/Access: There will be reserved seating for those individually who have limited mobility or are hearing impaired – plus one guest. Only one other guest may accompany the individual.

University Policy

It is illegal to bring alcoholic beverages into Moby Arena and Lory Student Center. Uniformed police officers, event staff, and faculty marshals will be in attendance when you enter the assembly area and throughout the ceremony. In accordance with Commencement policies, robes, purses, etc., may be inspected as you enter. Prohibited items are not allowed and will be confiscated. All attendees should refrain from using air horns.

Please remember. . . the College Commencement Ceremony is the capstone of your academic experience at CSU. It is a public event that reflects upon you as an individual and the College and University as a whole. Your recognition of the rights of other students and their guests to enjoy the ceremony free from disruptive or otherwise inappropriate behavior is appreciated.

Water Bottle Policy

Plastic, disposable and crushable bottles, empty and without a cap are permissible.

Clear Bag Policy

For all guests, faculty, staff, and students

The Clear Bag Policy will be in effect and enforced by metal detectors for Commencement Ceremonies at Moby Arena. Approved bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and should not exceed 12” x 6″ x 12”.

Regalia

Deadline for Ordering Regalia

Friday, March 8
Order your cap, gown and tassel in advance online via the Commencement website.

Get Your Cap and Gown

Regalia Distribution

All regalia distribution will take place at Grad Fest in the Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center
Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pictures

GradImages® provides photographers for the ceremony. Following commencement, GradImages photographers will circulate outside the commencement venue to capture additional candid photographs of our graduates with their loved ones. The GradImages staff will wear identifying vests, so they’ll be highly visible and easy to locate. Grab a representative in a vest and snap some candid shots!

You may review photos for purchase online the week after commencement at www.gradimages.com. To receive an email when your photos are available, visit www.gradimages.com/Preregistration. For additional information, please contact (800) 261-2576 or giservice@gradimages.net.

Ceremony Livestream and Recording

The event will be both live streamed and recorded, so family and friends can virtually participate in the experience. Information and links to the livestream and recordings will be available on the CSU Commencement website.

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Diploma Covers

Graduates receive a diploma cover at Commencement. The actual diploma will be mailed to all graduates six to eight weeks after Commencement to the address listed in ARIESweb. For those unable to attend the ceremonies, diploma covers are available in the Registrar’s Office at no charge. Please submit mailing requests to Diplomaoffice@colostate.edu; the postage cost is $5.00 per cover for U.S. mailings.

Please check that your current mailing address is up to date in Ram Web.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for Commencement?

Sign up is only required for students wanting to participate in the semester before or after their intended graduation term.

How long will the ceremony take?

The Spring ceremony lasts 2 hours. Fall ceremony is usually shorter.

What if I’m graduating in a different semester – can I participate in the upcoming ceremony?

Yes.  Participation is not contingent on your actual graduation term. However, you will need to contact the Commencement Coordinator indicating your desire to participate in the upcoming ceremony. This will ensure you have all pertinent information. Please note:

  • You will not have a pre-printed name card, and will need to fill out a blank one at check-in;
  • Your name will not be included in the digital program.  However, it will appear in the program for the semester you complete all degree requirements.
  • A request for Honor’s or Latin Distinction regalia will need to be submitted before Grad Fest.  Contact the Commencement Coordinator, to help with this.

I missed the regalia order deadline. What do I do?

Regalia is required for Commencement. Students who missed the online order deadline can purchase regalia during the on campus Grad Fest Event.

I’m a CSU Online student. Can my regalia be shipped to me?

Unfortunately, no. All regalia must be picked up by the student during the on campus Grad Fest event.

I have two majors in the College. Will my name be read twice?

No. Students will have their name and both majors read once during diploma distribution. If the majors are in two different departments (ex: DARE and Animal Sciences), it is up to the student which department they wish to sit and cross the stage with.

I am not getting Commencement emails. Why is this?

There could be a few reasons why you are not getting Commencement related emails:

  • Emails can only be sent to your CSU email account;
  • If your ‘Intent to Graduate term’ in Ram Web is not this current term, you are not included on a graduation report used to generate communication;
  • Check your spam/junk folder for messages from CAS Student Success Team

Need More Information?

Please visit the University’s Commencement webpage for additional information.
Please contact us Megan Mardesen at megan.mardesen@colostate.edu or (970)491-3751 with any questions.