Severe Weather Plan

May 2020 Commencement Ceremony 

In the event of severe weather, graduation may be moved to Brownson Arena in the Maverick Center and will follow the modified plan listed below.

How do I find out if Graduation has been moved indoors?

If the weather is questionable, notice of the indoor ceremony will be available after 6:30 a.m. on commencement day. To determine if the indoor ceremony has been implemented, call 970.248.1511. If you get a busy signal, please keep trying until you get the recording or check Colorado Mesa University's website.

Severe Weather Ceremony Map - Maverick Center - Brownson Arena (to be posted)

Ticket/Guest Limit for Indoor Ceremony

The smaller facility in Brownson Arena limits each graduate to four guests. Each guest must present a ticket to be admitted into the graduation ceremony for seating in Brownson Arena or any of the overflow viewing areas. The four guest tickets will be mailed to the graduate in April.  Keep in mind that there is a four person limit per graduate ONLY if the Indoor ceremony is in effect.

Ceremony Times

There will not be a change in the ceremony time.  The breakdown is as follows:

8:00am - Includes graduates from the following Academic Departments:

(Graduates should arrive by 7:15am)

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Languages, Literature, and Mass Communication
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Teacher Education
  • Theatre Arts

12:00pm - Includes graduates from the following Academic Departments:

(Graduates should arrive by 11:15am)

  • Business
  • Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management & CU Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Western Colorado Community College


Drivers are encouraged to drop off passengers at the Maverick Center and then find a place to park. On commencement day, all Colorado Mesa University parking lots are available to graduates and guests free of charge without a parking pass. Be aware it will be unlikely to park in front of the Maverick Center due to the limited amount of spaces, handicap parking, and traffic flow in that area. In addition to the CMU lots, parking will also be available at Lincoln Park.

Parking Map

Special Parking/Drop-off/Seating

Handicap parking and drop-off will be available in front of the Maverick Center. Drivers may return to the drop off area for pick up after the ceremony. Special seating will be available for those with disabilities on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the limited space, please limit the number of guests that will accompany the family member needing assistance. Family members may also sit in the general seating area directly behind the graduates.


A professional photographer will be taking photos of each graduate as he or she receives a diploma cover and one as the graduate exits the stage. The professional photographer will still take the two pictures (one on stage, one just after) for you to view and order as desired. Due to space constraints, family/friends are encouraged to take photos from their seat.

Ceremony Instructions for Graduates

  • Arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony.
  • See the online rehearsal notes for information on:
    • Line up / seating order
    • Ceremony Starts / Processional
    • Name Announcement and Walk Across Stage
    • Turn the Tassel - Follow the instructions from the presiding speaker
    • Recessional / End of Ceremony