Commencement 2024

Save the Date! 

Sunday, May 19, 2024  

8:30 a.m.  

Location: Ed Robson Arena

Important Details

Schedule subject to change. Additional event details will be shared here as they are finalized.

Friday, April 19

Deadline for senior applications to graduate

Location: Registrar’s Office, Armstrong Hall

Tuesday, May 7

11 a.m. Honors Convocation

Location: Shove Memorial Chapel

Colorado College honors outstanding students and faculty during its annual academics Honors Convocation. Honors Convocation includes department awards, all-college awards, and awards from the CC Student Government Association (CCSGA). Open to all. A live stream of the ceremony will also be available online.

Wednesday, May 15

12 p.m. Champagne Shower & Senior BBQ

Location: Worner Quad and JLK McHugh Commons

Thursday, May 16 – Friday, May 17

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cap and Gown Pickup

Location: CC Bookstore, Yalich Student Services Center

Please complete the first destination survey prior to picking up your cap and gown.

Friday, May 17

11 a.m. Commencement Rehearsal (mandatory) with 10:45 a.m. line up at the quad between South Hall and Shove Memorial Chapel  

Location: Ed Robson Arena

All graduates are required to attend rehearsal to walk in Sunday's ceremony. The lineup for rehearsal will be the same as at Commencement.

1-4 p.m. Individual and/or Group Cap and Gown Photos

Location:  Chapman Room, Ed Robson Arena

3 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony (by invitation only)

Location: Richard F. Celeste Theatre with reception to follow in main space, Cornerstone Arts Center

Saturday, May 18

10-11 a.m. CC Family Circles Brunch

Location: To be announced

This brunch is by invitation; details will be communicated directly via email to invited graduates and their guests.

2–3 p.m. Senior Class Photo

Location: Palmer Hall steps

A cap and gown are required for the photo. The lineup for baccalaureate senior will be in on the path in front of Palmer Hall immediately following the photo.

3–4 p.m. Baccalaureate Ceremony

Location: Shove Memorial Chapel

A baccalaureate is a centuries-old graduation tradition. This ceremony provides a quiet, intimate opportunity to reflect on the rite of passage of graduation, hear from a faculty member, and enjoy a variety of student talents (readings, music, etc.). Students and their invited guests may attend in-person (two guests per student). A live stream of the ceremony will also be available online. Cap and gown are required.

Sunday, May 19

7:15 a.m. Graduates Assemble

Location: Quad between South Hall and Shove Memorial Chapel  

8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Class of 2024 Commencement Ceremony

Location: Ed Robson Arena

The Commencement ceremony will take place in CC's Ed Robson Arena. A designated number of tickets (est. five seated tickets and two standing room only tickets) will be available for each graduate. Details will be emailed to graduates on how to claim these free tickets through the Ticketmaster system beginning early-May. A live stream of the ceremony will also be available online.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reception

Location: Tava Quad

Everyone is invited to gather and celebrate outside on Tava Quad following the Commencement ceremony.

Monday, May 20

12:00 noon - Final checkout from campus housing for seniors


Each graduate is allocated a maximum of five seated and two standing room only guest tickets for Commencement at no cost. Students will be able to claim these free guest tickets through Ticketmaster at the beginning of May, with specific instructions to come. After claiming tickets, graduates must transfer those tickets to their guests via TicketMaster. 


Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate, and Commencement will all be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person at

Many lodging options are available in the Colorado Springs area, including the partners linked below.

The Antlers Hotel
4 S Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Element Hotel by Marriott
55 East Costilla St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown
125 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Holiday Inn Express
105 North Spruce St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Hyatt Place Colorado Springs Downtown
201 E Kiowa 
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Springhill Suites
402 South Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Accessibility Needs

Colorado College welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Patty O’Halloran or 719-389-6935 to request accommodations. Advance notice may be necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. 

Ed Robson Arena meets or exceeds all structural and service requirements as stipulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Restrooms, drinking fountains, phones, and counters are accessible to guests with disabilities. Additional services are listed below. 

​Elevator Locations:

  1. Main Entrance Elevator - accesses the Ground and Concourse Levels
  2. Parking Garage Elevators - one on East side, one on West side, accesses all levels

Important Ed Robson Arena Policies

Robson Arena is a CLEAR BAG POLICY venue - For the enjoyment of all guests, Ed Robson Arena has a clear bag policy that will be enforced during Commencement weekend. Only clear bags and small clutch-sized purses will be allowed at entry. For more details on this policy, click here. Clear bags can be purchased at the Tiger Store just south of the main arena entrance. 

Can I bring an empty refillable bottle into Ed Robson Arena? No empty bottles, cans, or containers of ANY kind will be permitted into Ed Robson Arena. Patrons who attempt to bring in an empty water bottle will be asked to throw it away or return it to their vehicles.

No Smoking - Colorado College is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not permitted on campus or in any campus buildings.

No Weapons - The college forbids weapons of any kind to be brought onto campus, to include Robson Arena and parking garage, including but not limited to firearms, ammunition, pellet guns, air guns, paintball guns, stun guns, tasers, smoke devices, bows/arrows, swords, large knives, explosives, and fireworks.


Where can I park on campus? Commencement attendees may park anywhere on campus (no fees or permits apply), except the first floor of the Ed Robson Arena parking garage on East Dale Street. The first level of the Ed Robson Arena parking garage is reserved for guests with limited mobility who require parking close to the venue. Accessible parking is available on all levels of the Robson Arena parking garage and in other parking lots on campus as well.

Golf carts will be available from other parking areas across campus to transport guests to Ed Robson Arena.


What if we need more than seven tickets? Students needing additional tickets may request extra tickets from fellow-graduates who are not using their full allotment of tickets and coordinate directly with them for transfer via TicketMaster.

Livestream Options

Can I watch online? Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate, and Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person at


Is there public transportation from Downtown? Check out the Zeb Free Downtown Shuttle online for route and schedule details.


When should I arrive for the Commencement ceremony? Doors to Ed Robson Arena will open at 7:15 a.m. Plan to arrive close to that time to give yourself time to park, enter the arena, and be seated before the event begins at 8:30 a.m.

How long is the Commencement ceremony? Commencement begins prompty at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 11 a.m.

What should I wear to Commencement? 
There isn't a specific dress code for the event. Casual attire is acceptable, but feel free to dress up if you'd like. Comfortable shoes are recommended for walking around campus and safely navigating the stairs of Ed Robson Arena.    

What else do we need to check out while we're in town? The Pikes Peak Region has a wonderful variety of dining options, outdoor activities, and other attractions to enjoy while you're in town. Here are a few helpful resources to maximize your Colorado Springs experience! 
> Downtown Colorado Springs
> Visit Colorado Springs
> Springs Magazine

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