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December 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Date: Friday, December 16 
Time(s):  8:00am and 11:00am (see details below)
Location: Maverick Center, Brownson Arena and streaming online

Colorado Mesa University will host two graduation ceremonies on Friday, December 16 based on the student's academic department. The parking lots will open one hour before each ceremony.

Streaming Links:    8:00am Ceremony      11:00am Ceremony 

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.

8:00am ceremony includes graduates from the following academic departments:

Graduates please arrive by 7:15am

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management and CU Engineering
  • 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

11:00am ceremony includes graduates from the following academic departments:

Graduates please arrive by 10:15am

  • Business
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology

Parking and Building Maps

Commencement Parking Map        Maverick Center Map for Guests

Parking near the Maverick Center is limited. Please refer to the commencement parking map for additional lots and traffic flow. Parking will be available in all Colorado Mesa University parking lots free of charge. Although parking is available on surrounding streets and businesses, please utilize the free parking on campus as a note of appreciation for you and as a courtesy to our neighbors. Local businesses will be open on commencement day and parking in their lots is reserved for normal business traffic.

December 2022 Graduates - Winter Grad Party

Make plans to attend the Winter Grad Party on Dec 6 from 4-6pm in the UC Ballroom.

Cap, Gown, and Name Card Pickup

Stop by the Maverick Store interior entrance next to the UC first floor stage on

  • Tuesday, December 6 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 7 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Please bring a picture ID to pick up the following:
  • Cap and Gown: All online orders placed for in-store pick up will be available.You can also purchase stoles of gratitude, hoods, alumni gear, and more.
  • Name Card: The Registrar's Office will have your name card for the ceremony. You will need to bring it with you on commencement day as it is used to read your name as you walk across the stage.
  • Academic Honors Cord(if applicable): The Registrar's Office will have honors cords for students who have a CMU 3.50 GPA or higher, earning a baccalaureate or associate degree and will complete all requirements end of the Fall 2022 semester. 

More information on Caps, Gowns, Hoods, Stoles and Tassels

  • A limited number of caps, gowns, hoods and stoles will available for purchase in-store at The Maverick Store.
  • Check out our wide selection of custom stoles to celebrate your exceptional achievement! We have a variety of stoles celebrating specific departments and clubs, First Generation, Pride, Women, CMU, and many more!
  • The Maverick Store will also have items available for purchase the day of commencement one hour prior to each ceremony just inside the front main entrance of the Maverick Center at the Game Day Store.
  • Commemorative tassels, alumni mugs and other alumni related gifts are available in store or through the Maverick Store website.
  • Orders may be placed for in-store pick-up or delivery.

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.

Questions? Please call The Maverick Store at 970.248.1422 or email [email protected].

Guest Tickets

At this time, guest tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.  However, please keep checking this website for the most up-to-date information.

Exit Survey for Graduates

All graduates, regardless of attending the commencement ceremony, should complete the Exiting Graduate Survey.  A link will be emailed to you prior to graduation.  In addition, laptops will be available to complete the survey at the cap and gown pickup outside the Maverick Bookstore.  The survey, which inquires about plans after graduation, should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The results will help academic departments and the institution better prepare students for life after college.