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Commencement 2016

Save the date! Commencement will take place on May 16, 2016.

Senior Year Timeline 2013: Information and Schedule

Now until April 19
Reserve your room for Commencement weekend:  
Host Hotel (special pricing ends April 19): Antlers Hilton
On campus housing (deadline to register May 10):  Complete this form 

Please note: Colorado College maintains very strict requirements for graduation. Please check with your students to see if they are on track to graduate.

October - May
Students: The Registrar's office will send information to students on how to apply to graduate.
Order class rings and personalized graduation announcements online at
Non-personalized announcements will be available at the bookstore starting March 15th.
Students, check with advisors to see if you are on track to graduate.
Please note: Colorado College supplies caps and gowns to students at no charge; no pre-ordering is required.

First mailing to parents
Students:  Check with Registrar to be sure you are on track to graduate. 

Grads: Grad Fair in the Worner Center, Perkins Lounge.  Order personalized graduation announcements and Class Ring.  Both can also be ordered online at
Parents: Look for your official Commencement schedule and invitation in the mail. If your student has applied to graduate/march and has been approved with the registrar's office, you will receive your copy soon. If you have questions, please contact Lori Bissell.
Tuesday, May 7
Grads: Honors Convocation. All students are welcome. Lunch by invitation only.
Wednesday, May 15
Block 8 ends.
Thursday, May 16
Grads: pick up cap, gown and Baccalaureate tickets at the Bookstore, 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Pick up pre-ordered dance tickets at the Tutt Alumni House, 1205 N. Cascade Ave. Enjoy a cup of coffee and dessert with us 10 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 17
Grads: pick up cap, gown, and Baccalaureate tickets at the Bookstore, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Commencement Rehearsal (mandatory). Meet in front of Palmer Hall. 11 a.m.

Pick up Dance tickets at the Tutt Alumni House, 1205 N. Cascade Ave. Enjoy an ice cream social at your first alumni event 12 - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18
Grads: pick up cap, gown, and Baccalaureate tickets at the Bookstore, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m..

Grads and family: Commencement Dance at Antlers Hilton Hotel. Tickets are required.  Reception, 8  -9 p.m.; Dance, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Sunday, May 19

Class photo on Palmer steps. Wear cap and gown. 2 p.m.

Grads and Family Members: Baccalaureate, Shove Chapel, 3 - 4 p.m. Tickets required. Grads and two family members will be admitted to Shove Chapel. Other family members may watch the service live in the Armstrong Hall Theatre. (Baccalaureate is an inspirational speech given by a favorite professor chosen by the senior class.)

Grads and Family members: Department receptions 4 p.m. - check with departments for times and locations.

Monday, May 20
Grads: Assemble in Palmer Hall, 7:15 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., Armstrong Quad. Open seating, tickets are not issued. (Please note that weather conditions may move the ceremony to the World Arena.)

Reception with President Tiefenthaler following the ceremony on Cutler Quad. Festivities end by 1 p.m.

Grads: Return gown and pick up diploma (CC ID required) Worner Center 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 21
Grads: Move out of residence halls by 12 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate office:

Commencement Ceremony
Rachel Frisch (719) 389-6265

Diplomas & Credits Toward Graduation
Registrar (719) 389-6855

Commencement Reception and Dance
Lori Bissell (719) 389-6103

Summer MAT’s
Not sure you are on the list to march? Contact Donna Engle at 
For other questions contact Ann Van Horn at

Please contact Lori Bissell (719-389-6103) with any changes to this content.