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December 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Date: Friday, December 17
Time(s): 8:00am and 10:30am (see details below)
Location: Maverick Center, Brownson Arena, streaming online and live on Facebook

Colorado Mesa University will host two morning graduation ceremonies on Friday, December 17 at 8:00am and 10:30am based on the student's academic department. The parking lots will open 45 minutes before the ceremony.

Cap, Gown, Announcements and Other Regalia 

Come visit the Grad Fair! - Caps, Gowns, Hoods, Tassels, and Announcements
Stop by the Maverick Store interior entrance next to the UC first floor stage on 
  • Tuesday, October 12 from 10 am - 4 pm. 
  • Wednesday, October 13 from 10 am - 4 pm.
  • Online ordering is also available through October 14th at the Herff Jones portal. Orders can be placed for home delivery or in-store pickup. 
  • Commemorative tassels, alumni mugs and other alumni related gifts are available in store or through the Maverick Store website.
  • Diploma Frames - The Maverick Store stocks a variety of unique diploma frames available in store at The Maverick Store website. To customize your diploma frame visit Church Hill Classics or University Frames.

The week prior to commencement, a very limited number of caps, gowns, hoods and stoles will available for purchase in-store at The Maverick Store. The Maverick Store will also have items available for purchase the day of commencement one hour prior to each ceremony at the Game Day location next to Brownson Arena.

Questions? Please call The Maverick Store at 970.248.1422 or email

Commencement Times

Each ceremony will host the majors from specific academic departments  Graduates are expected to go to the ceremony for their major as posted below.

8am ceremony includes graduates from the following academic departments:

Graduates please arrive by 7:30am

  • Business
  • Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management and CU Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology

10:30am ceremony includes graduates from the following academic departments:

Graduates please arrive by 10am

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Languages, Literature and Mass Communication
  • Liberal Arts (University and General Studies)
  • Math and Statistics
  • Music
  • Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Teacher Education
  • Theatre Arts
  • Western Colorado Community College

COVID-19 Protocols

We ask that all members of the campus community respect one another's decision to wear or not wear a mask. Per the current CDC guidelines, CMU recommends:

  • Wearing a mask in public indoor settings, especially in crowded settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Maintaining consistent and correct mask use as an additional layer of protection.
  • Understanding that masks are not needed in most outdoor settings. However, wearing a mask is recommended in crowded outdoor settings and activities with close contact with others.
  • Designated employees who regularly interact with guests, visitors and/or customers are encouraged to wear masks when interacting with members of the public, and distancing cannot be achieved.

Please respect that many in the campus community will choose to continue to wear a mask at all times. It's also important to note that some of our colleagues will choose not to wear a mask. We must honor and respect one another's decisions. We encourage our campus community to be aware of those around you and please ask others about their comfort interacting with or without a face covering. For additional information on CMU's COVID-19 protocols and updates please visit,

Guest Tickets

At this time, guest tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.  However, please keep checking this website for updated information as this may change. 

Ceremony Day Instructions

Be sure to check back to this website for maps and commencement day instructions a few weeks before the ceremony.