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Congratulations UNC graduates! All the achievements and important decisions you have made over the past few years have led to this day. A college degree is a special thing, so let’s make this day one to remember!

In-person ceremonies will be organized by college and will combine both graduate and undergraduate students. The ceremony livestreams will be available on the commencement website for guests and those unable to attend in person.

Need accommodations? If there may be barriers to accessing any commencement events and you need to request disability accommodations contact the Disability Resource Center with any questions you may have by phone 970-351-2289 or email DRC@unco.edu.

Ceremony Schedule

Saturday, May 8, 2021
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business
9 - 10:30 a.m.

College of Natural and Health Sciences
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.          

Sunday, May 9, 2021
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
9 - 10:30 a.m.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Graduates should check-in at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start.

Guest Policy

UNC has received confirmation from local public health officials that each UNC graduating student will be able to have TWO guests. Children ages three and under do not need a ticket for entry assuming they will be sitting on a parent/guardian's lap. This is under the assumption that Weld County remains in Level Yellow on the state’s COVID-19 Dial. If Weld County changes to less restrictive levels on the dial or dial guidelines change, then it is possible that we can allow for more guests per graduating student. A final decision on guest allowances will be made by April 23. 

The Commencement Planning Committee works within state guidelines and local public health departments to provide a comprehensive in-person commencement under those guidelines. Our efforts to ensure this experience is as special as possible include:

  • increasing the number of separate ceremonies to four (the maximum we can fit in the weekend)
  • obtaining a special variance with our local public health department to expand outdoor capacity restriction

While  we are currently only approved for each graduate to invite one or two guests, we continue to watch Weld County's status on the Colorado COVID-19 Dial and explore other possibilities that would allow us to increase attendance.  

The Commencement Planning Committee is working in conjunction with UNC's Coronavirus Task Force  and the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment to ensure this year's commencement ceremony meets public health guidelines. UNC must abide by the Weld County Public Health Department and State of Colorado guidelines and permissions where we can only permit a certain number of people at such a large event, regardless if a certain number of individuals have been fully vaccinated or not.

Information is subject to change with Weld County’s status on the Colorado COVID-19 Dial.


Ticket Details

The UNC Ticket Office will distribute digital tickets directly to Bear Mail addresses for spring 2021 graduates and the email address used to register for 2020 graduates who choose to walk. Tickets will be sent during the week leading up to the event. Graduates are responsible for sharing tickets with their guests.

Each ticket can only be used once and is assigned to a specific commencement ceremony and seating section to accommodate spacing requirements, and ADA accessible seating will be available in each zone.


Doctoral Hooding

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Graduate School is hosting a virtual doctoral hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates and inviting research advisors and committee members to attend. Family and friends are welcome to join and regalia is not required. The RSVP Deadline for doctoral candidates was Monday April 12.

NHS & PVA Doctoral Candidates
5:30 p.m. MT

EBS Doctoral Candidates
7 p.m. MT

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Graduate walking in Spring 2019


Regalia is required to participate in the in-person ceremonies. Rental orders must be placed by 9:59 p.m. MT on Thursday, April 15, 2021 to ensure delivery before the ceremony and rented orders will be shipped directly to graduate homes. 

Rent Regalia

Celebration Events


Stryker Spring Banquet

April 11, 2 - 4 p.m.


Lavender Celebration

April 29, 4 p.m.

Guest Registration

Graduating Senior RSVP


LatinXcellence Graduation

May 4, 5 p.m.


Black Excellence Graduation Celebration

More details coming soon

Military Dinner

More details coming soon

CUE Graduation Celebration

May 8, 1 p.m.
Lowry Campus
RSVP to Rosanne Fulton

Walking in a Different Term

We know how special it is to cross the commencement stage, so the university is providing
the opportunity for graduates to cross the stage in a ceremony that may differ from their graduation date.

Class of 2020

All 2020 graduates are invited to walk in their college’s ceremony this spring. We know your plans may have changed from last semester, so we’re asking that you confirm your attendance this spring.

I'm Coming this Spring

Class of 2021

Spring 2021 graduates who are uncomfortable participating in an in-person ceremony can attend a future ceremony. Tell the Alumni Association you’d like walk in a later ceremony and they’ll coordinate the details.

I'm Coming Later

Spring 2021 graduates who would like to participate in the spring 2021 ceremony do not need to RSVP.

 Additional Information

Save the Date for Fall 2021: December 10 - 11, 2021

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