UCCS students, faculty, staff and families will celebrate degrees conferred to more than 1,500 graduates at the spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13.
The morning ceremony will celebrate graduates of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and will begin at 10:30 a.m. The afternoon ceremony will celebrate graduates from all other colleges and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Complete information on logistics for graduates and guests can be found at uccs.edu/commencement.
The ceremonies are free and open to graduates and guests. Here’s what you need to know before you go:
The morning ceremony will celebrate graduates of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and will begin at 10:30 a.m. Graduates are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. The ceremony is scheduled to end at approximately 12 p.m.
The afternoon ceremonies will celebrate graduates from all other colleges and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Graduates are asked to arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. The ceremony is scheduled to end at approximately 4:45 p.m.
After entering the Broadmoor World Arena, graduates are instructed to line up on the service level, accessible from the Penrose Club Entrance, located between Gates A and B.
All attendees — graduates, guests, UCCS administrators, faculty and staff are welcome to wear a mask while attending the ceremony.
Attendees are strongly recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Anyone displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, as well as individuals in isolation or quarantine, should not attend the event. They may participate by watching Commencement via livestream.
The ceremony will be broadcast live through YouTube and will be covered on the UCCS Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Graduates are urged to share the livestream viewing option to additional guests, especially those who are unvaccinated and/or immunocompromised, so they may watch the ceremony virtually.
Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Broadmoor World Arena does not allow individuals to hold more than four seats.
Handicapped seating is available on Row K, which runs the perimeter of the arena, and one folding chair is available for a guest to accompany each individual in a wheelchair. Sign language services are available at the base of section 107. Live captioning will be available from anywhere in the arena at uccs.edu/cc. Data rates apply.
Everyone – graduates and guests – is subject to security procedures as they enter the Broadmoor World Arena. The arena limits people to one clear plastic bag with dimensions of 12”x6”x12” or smaller, and one clutch with dimensions of 8.5”x2.5 ”x5” or smaller. There is no storage for graduates in the Broadmoor World Arena, and graduates should expect to carry onto the floor anything they bring into the arena.
A complete list of Broadmoor World Arena policies and prohibited items is available online.
Traffic and directions
The Broadmoor World Arena is located at 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The suggested route is to take Exit 138 on Interstate 25, drive west on Lake Ave., and then south on Venetucci Blvd. Traffic is expected to be heavy before and after the ceremony. Guests are encouraged to allow extra time and carpool if possible. Parking is free in the Broadmoor World Arena lots.
Graduates receiving Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude) will pick up those cords at the arena. If graduates are receiving additional cords or stoles (including those for the class gift, specific departments and offices, etc.), those are managed by those individual offices and graduates should contact that office for more information.
The Alumni Association offers a black and gold legacy cord for graduates with an immediate family member who is also a UCCS graduate. Students who donate at least $10 to the class gift will also receive a blue cord in recognition of their gift back to UCCS.
Upon graduation, graduates will join more than 55,000 members of the UCCS alumni community. Enrollment in the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association is complimentary, and the office offers special events each year to keep alumni engaged with their alma mater.
Questions? Visit the UCCS Spring 2022 Commencement resource hub.