Important Dates for December Ceremony Participants

December 2018 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 9 - 10:00 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 26 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

Thursday, November 29, 10:00 am - 3:00 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.

Honor Cord Pickup

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

To be eligible for Academic 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 2018

Eligible students may pick up the cords at the Registrar's Office on the following dates:

  • Thursday, November 29 (the day of cap and gown pickup) through December 13th, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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.

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 8:30 for graduates

The Big Day - December 2018 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.