Celebrate fall commencement Dec. 14

Spring 2018 commencement

More than 550 students and their families will celebrate the completion of their academic programs in the 2018 fall commencement Dec. 14 at the Broadmoor World Arena.

Complete information on logistics for graduates and guests can be found at uccs.edu/commencement. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Commencement is at 2 p.m. Graduates are asked to arrive by at least 1:15 p.m. and use the Penrose Club entrance. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for guests.

Commencement is scheduled to end at approximately 4:15 p.m.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and graduates are allowed an unlimited number of guests; however, the Broadmoor World Arena does not allow individuals to hold more than four seats. No advance tickets are required.

Handicapped seating is available on Row K, which runs the perimeter of the arena, and one folding chair is available to accompany the wheelchair. Sign language services are available in section 107.

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 4.5”x6.5” 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 World Arena policies is available at http://www.broadmoorworldarena.com/plan-your-visit/broadmoor-world-arena-event-policies.

Traffic and directions
The Broadmoor World Arena is located at 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The suggested route is to take Exit 138 on Interstate 25, go west on Lake Ave., and then south on Venetucci. Traffic is expected to be heavy before and after the ceremony, and guests are encouraged to allow extra time and carpool if possible. Parking is free in the World Arena lots.

For guests traveling from Denver, Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument is being expanded. Allow extra time to navigate through the construction zone.

Live coverage
The ceremony will be broadcast live through YouTube and will be covered on the UCCS Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Honor cords
Graduates receiving Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) will pick up those cords at the arena. If graduates are receiving additional cords or stoles (class gift, departments and offices, etc.), those are managed by those individual offices and graduates should contact that office.

Commencement speaker
Mark Hawkins (MBA ‘86) is the 2018 fall commencement speaker as the Distinguished Alumnus Speaker. He is the president and chief financial officer of Salesforce, one of the world’s top customer relationship management software companies.

Alumni Association
Upon graduation, each student will join nearly 46,000 UCCS alumni. Enrollment in the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association is complimentary and offers special events each year to keep alumni engaged with their alma mater.

The alumni association also 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.

Nine silver graduates from the Class of 1993 will also be recognized during the ceremonies.

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