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Fall 2022 Commencement 

The University of Northern Colorado will hold Fall Commencement on December 9-10, 2022.

Undergraduate Students   Graduate Students   Guests   Faculty & Staff

Prepare for the Ceremonies

Please keep these deadlines in mind if you plan to participate in the ceremonies.


October 2

Apply for graduation and appear in the printed ceremony program.

November 20

Apply for graduation and appear in the digital ceremony program.

Share Your Story

October 2

Apply to be a student speaker at your ceremony.

November 23

Share your UNC story to be featured in an upcoming news story.


November 1

Rent your cap and gown through UNC partner Herff Jones.

December 8-9

Pickup regalia on campus or place last minute rental orders.


Your years of hard work are almost complete, and your cap and gown are important symbols of your achievement. Order your cap and gown online through Herff Jones and choose to have your regalia shipped directly to you or pick it up on campus.  Rental orders must be placed online by 9:59 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Gowns and hoods must be returned following the ceremony.

Place Your Regalia Rental Order

Commencement Fair

The Commencement Fair provides an opportunity to make sure you're ready for your ceremony. Apply for graduation and check how your name will appear in the ceremony program. You can also rent your cap and gown, purchase announcements and design a class ring. 

September 29, 2022

In Person
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Campus Commons Lobby

4-6 p.m.

Open House Format

Graduate receiving diploma cover on stage

Fall 2022 Ceremony Schedule

Doors open one hour prior to each ceremony for guest seating. Graduates should arrive for check in and lineup at least 45 minutes prior to the ceremony start. 

Friday, December 9, 2022

Campus Commons Performance Hall

Doctoral Candidates
7 p.m.
All doctoral candidates

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Bank of Colorado Arena

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
9 a.m.
Bachelor's and master's and specialist's candidates

College of Natural and Health Sciences
College of Performing and Visual Arts
12:30 p.m.
Bachelor's and master's candidates

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business
3 p.m.
Bachelor's and master's candidates

Undergraduate Commencement Speake in 2019

Undergraduate Student Speaker

Undergraduate students who will graduate in fall 2022 and have at least a 2.8 GPA can apply to be the student speaker through the Undergraduate Council.


Graduate Student Speaker in 2019

Graduate Student Speaker

Graduate students who will be earning their master's, specialist or doctoral degree in the summer or fall 2022 can apply to be the commencement speaker.


By submitting an application, you are authorizing the selection committee to access and review grades, enrollment status, and conduct records. A photo and 100 word profile will appear in the ceremony program for selected speakers. This information is due to the commencement coordinator one week after speakers are notified of their selection.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, October 2.

Hospitality Volunteers and Deputy Marshals

Successfully executing the ceremonies requires considerable support from the Bear Network. Staff, faculty and alumni are invited to join graduating Bears for one of the most meaningful events of the year. See future leaders in regalia. Personally congratulate graduates and their families. And be part of the fond memories that keep our alumni and their families closely tied to our campus long after their college days are over.


Spring 2022 Grads

Save the Date for Spring 2023 Ceremonies: May 5-6, 2023
Regalia rental and student speaker applications will open in February for the spring ceremonies.

Join the Bear Network

As you plan for what's next, remain connected to UNC through a global network of Bear alumni.

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