Important Dates for December Ceremony Participants

December 2017 Commencement Ceremony


GRAD Fair: Cap, Gown, Announcements, Class Rings & Other Graduation Supplies

Stop by the Grad Fair to purchase your cap, gown, announcements, and graduate hoods. Catering and party-planning vendors will also be available. This event is sponsored by the Maverick Store and the Alumni Association.

  • October 17 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at the West Bookstore Entrance in the University Center

Can't make this event? No worries! Online ordering will be available through Herff Jones starting in mid-October.  Regalia orders must be placed online before October 28 1 at 9:59 pm MST.  Late orders can be made through the Maverick Store (additional $20 service charge assessed for purchase for distribution).

Ticket/Guest Limit

While there are not any formal guest tickets, available seating is limited. To be considerate of your fellow graduates, a limit of five guests per person is recommended. Overflow rooms will be located in designated Maverick Center classrooms with live streaming. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Cap and Gown Pickup

Friday, December 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Caps and gowns will be distributed just outside the Maverick Store in the University Center.

Please allow several extra minutes when picking up your cap and gown to complete a short questionnaire about your plans after graduation.

Stole of Gratitude

You may purchase a Stole of Gratitude through the Maverick Store to thank anyone who has helped you while you earned your degree or certificate.

The Stole, which displays the CMU logo, is typically worn by the graduate during the commencement ceremony. After the ceremony, the graduate presents it to someone they would like to thank in a special way. You may purchase a Stole of Gratitude at the time you pick up your cap and gown, or at the CMU Commencement Ceremony in the Maverick Store sales area.

For more information, contact the Maverick Store at 970-248-1422.

Online Self-Paced Rehearsal

Please review the online rehearsal information for ceremony instructions at your convenience. Stop by or e-mail the Registrar's Office with further questions.

Professional Photographer Email Sign-up

To expedite receipt of the proofs, graduates should register before the ceremony with Grad Images by clicking on the Pre-Event Email Registration. Graduates can enter their email and the email addresses of the friends and loved ones who would like to view/order the photos. All orders are done through Grad Images either online or at 800-424-3686.

Honor Cord Pickup

(Stop by the Registrar's Office with a picture ID)

Honor Cords are available to eligible students starting Friday, December 1, the day of cap and gown pickup, at the Registrar's Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

To be eligible for Honors Cords you must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently have a Colorado Mesa University GPA of a 3.50 or higher
  • Earning a baccalaureate or associate degree
  • Finish your requirements by the end of Fall 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. for graduates

The Big Day - December 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Although the ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., graduates need to arrive one hour prior to the ceremony. Pick up your name card when you arrive. If you feel your name is difficult to pronounce, feel free to add a phonetic spelling to the card.  

In case of emergency, last minute cap and gown distribution will be at the front entrance to Brownson Arena.  It is advised to pick up your graduation supplies prior to commencement.