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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates

You Did It!

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 a day to remember!

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. 

UNC has no plans to ticket the ceremonies or limit the number of guests for each graduating student. In recognition of extremely low  COVID-19 transmission within UNC's community, face coverings are optional on campus. Any policy changes that affect commencement celebrations will be communicated directly to graduating students.

UNC Grad

Friday, May 6, 2022

Campus Commons Performance Hall

7 p.m.

Doctoral Candidate Ceremony
All Doctoral Candidates

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Nottingham Field

9 a.m.

Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Bachelor's and Master's Candidates

12:30 p.m.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Bachelor's, Master's and Specialist's Candidates

Graduate Check-in & Lineup

All graduates should arrive at least 45 minutes before their ceremony start time to pick up their reader card and line up for the procession. Please leave personal items with family or friends. 

The procession leaves the lineup area before the ceremony start time. 

Friday Doctoral Ceremony
Doctoral candidates will line up in the Rehearsal Room behind the Performance Hall. Staff and signage will provide directions.

Saturday Ceremonies
Bachelor's, Master's and Specialist's candidates will line up on the practice fields south of Bank of Colorado Arena.

Guest Information

At this time tickets are not required to attend commencement ceremonies.

UNC parking lots around campus are open to the public during Commencement weekend and permits are not required. There are a number of accessible parking spaces reserved for vehicles that display the appropriate state-issued hang tags or license plates.

Doors open one hour prior to each ceremony and tickets are not required to attend the ceremonies.

Seating will be first come, first served. Accessible seating is available for all ceremonies.

Cap Decoration

You may decorate your cap however you like as long as it does not include anything inappropriate or prevent others from participating in the ceremony.


Commencement participation involves significant walking, including across turf. To protect our turf from damage, we ask that you refrain from wearing stilettos.


Each graduate has a portrait taken in front of a green screen at the side of the stage and a photo taken on the stage with your diploma cover or during hooding. You will receive an email when your proofs are ready and you can choose whether to purchase photos at that point. 


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.

Additional Questions

Visit the FAQ page for answers to additional information about security, weather, where to stay in Greeley, and other questions.

Prepare for the Ceremonies

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

February 20

Apply to be a student speaker at your ceremony.

March 6

Apply for graduation and appear in the printed ceremony program.

April 1

Rent your cap and gown. Rental link will be available in early February.

April 17

Apply for graduation and appear in the digital ceremony program.

Decorated mortar boards


Your years of hard work are almost complete, and our cap and gown are important symbols of your achievement. The online rental order deadline has passed. Walk up orders can be placed during the on-campus pickup event. A Herff Jones representative will be available on campus to facilitate late orders on May 5 and 6. If you are still in need of regalia please plan on making arrangements to attend the pickup event. Gowns and hoods must be returned following the ceremony.

Ship to home orders will arrive at least three days prior to the ceremonies.

On campus pickup will take place on Thursday, May 5 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Campus Recreation Center.

Regalia is required to participate in the in-person ceremonies. All late orders will be fulfilled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Walking in a Future Ceremony

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.

Tell the Alumni Association you’d like walk in a later ceremony and they’ll coordinate the details.


Additional Information


Save the Date for Fall 2022 Ceremonies: December 9-10, 2022

Regalia rental and student speaker applications will open in September for the fall ceremonies.