CU College of Nursing Graduation

Spring 2023 Commencement and Convocation

May 22, 2023

Event Details

Commencement: 8:30 am at Boettcher Commons

Convocation: 10:30 am at Bonfils Circle (in front of the Fitzsimons Building)

Please be advised, there are TWO commencement ceremonies on the morning of Monday, May 22: the CU Anschutz Commencement and the College of Nursing Convocation.

The CU Anschutz Commencement will begin at 8:30 am and conclude around 10:00 am. It will be held at Boettcher Commons,
CU Anschutz Medical Campus
13080 E. 19th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045

The College of Nursing Convocation will begin directly following the CU Anschutz Commencement at 10:30 am and will end at 12:30 pm. It will be held on Bonfils Circle, directly in front of the Fitzsimmons Building
1707 Aurora Court, Aurora, CO 80045

The difference between the two ceremonies is that the CU Anschutz Commencement is dedicated to celebrating all graduating students at CU Anschutz, while the College of Nursing Commencement is dedicated specifically to nursing graduates. Attendance at both ceremonies is expected.

8:30 am at Boettcher Commons

10:30 am at Bonfils Circle

CU Anschutz Campus Directions:

Graduation/Diploma Application

The date to apply for graduation has passed. If you intend to graduate in Spring 2023, please email immediately to discuss options for degree conferral and participation in the graduation events.

Student and Faculty Commencement/Convocation RSVP and Regalia Information

RSVP Graduate

All students intending to participate in the spring commencement and convocation are required to RSVP and purchase regalia by April 13, 2023, at 9:59 pm (MST). The confirmation email will contain the link to order regalia from Herff Jones and the link to record your name pronunciation in NameCoach.

Through the Herff Jones site, you can opt to have your regalia shipped for a fee or to pick it up on campus a few days before the event for free. If you choose to have your regalia shipped to you, it should arrive at least three days prior to the ceremony.

In addition to ordering regalia, you can also use the Herff Jones site to order announcements, graduation souvenirs, and diploma frames.

Important Information for Doctoral Students

Doctoral students will be hooded on stage and will be asked in the RSVP form to indicate your hooder’s name. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the hooder to ensure that the faculty member plans to attend the ceremony. Faculty members must confirm their participation by registering through the faculty rsvp website. Doctoral hooding is generally assigned as follows:

DNP Capstone Advisor/other CU Nursing Faculty Member

If you are having difficulty confirming with your hooder, please reach out to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

Faculty Information

RSVP Faculty

All College of Nursing faculty intending to participate in fall commencement, must RSVP and order regalia (if needed) by April 13, 2023, at 9:59 p.m. The cost for faculty regalia is paid for by the College. Through the registration site, you can note if regalia is needed, if you have your own, or if you have everything except for a hood.

Safety Protocols for In-Person Guests

As COVID safety measures roll back in response to the rapid drop in cases, we have rescinded the limit on guests at our ceremonies. However, all attendees are still asked to be vaccinated at the time of the ceremonies. Unvaccinated graduates and guests are asked to mask and distance, especially if indoors. Please keep in mind when booking any travel that a reduction in audience size could become necessary once again if circumstances change. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of Commencement is urged to stay home and watch the live stream of the ceremony.

Information for Graduates

Graduate Check-In

Check-In for the College of Nursing Convocation will begin at 9:15 am. A row of check-in desks will be located behind the College of Nursing Stage, and in front of the flagpole, near the main entrance to the Fitzsimons Building. Please check-in no later than 10:00 am so we may begin the ceremony on time.

Transcripts and Diplomas

It is anticipated that degrees will be conferred by the Office of the Registrar by June 15. Before ordering transcripts please first view your transcript in the student portal to determine if all of the information has posted. Diplomas will be ordered in late June and will be mailed directly to students by the end of August. The degree conferral date will be posted as May 19, 2023.

Information for all attendees


Parking is limited on campus and attendees are highly encouraged to consider carpooling, utilizing ridesharing services, or taking public transportation.

There will be free parking available in all visitor lots on campus. The Henderson Parking Structure is recommended for attendees of the Nursing Commencement.

ADA Parking

The Ignacio and Kiowa lots are reserved for guests who have difficulty walking long distances. Golf carts will be available to shuttle guests from these lots to the various ceremonies and back again. No handicapped stickers or placards are required to park in these lots. Parking attendants will direct any guests who need close-in parking to these locations.

For more information, please contact the Commencement Office at

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