A huge part of the Boulder community is made up of the students that attend the University of Colorado. Each year in August, Boulder bustles with new arrivals and campus activities. After commencement, Boulder transitions again to a quieter town where the locals and tourists get to enjoy less traffic and less people hiking, shopping and eating out. Before that summer calm, however, we get to celebrate the accomplishments of the CU graduates at Spring graduation.
This year, the Spring 2017 Commencement will take place on May 12, 2017, at 8:30 am at Folsom Field in Boulder. Below is a description of the event and you can learn more on the University of Colorado Boulder website.
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Guest Seating & Important Folsom Field InformationThe stadium gates will open at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the ceremony. Guests should be in their seats by 8:15 a.m. in order to watch the student processional into the stadium. Early arrival guarantees the best seating. No tickets are required for the ceremony.
The event will be held in Folsom Field regardless of the weather. Colorado weather in May can be unpredictable. We therefore encourage guests to watch the weather forecast so that they may plan and dress accordingly. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in abbreviated form.
Folsom Field Clear Bag Policy EnforcedFolsom Field complies with all TSA and Homeland Security prohibited items lists. The only bags allowed into Folsom Field are bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” or one-gallon (or smaller) clear plastic Ziploc/freezer bag. No other bags are permitted at all; includes backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags. More details can be found here.
For Your SafetyThe University of Colorado Boulder works diligently to provide for the safety of our graduates, their families, and their friends during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises. You can do your part by noting the following:
West side of field: Doctoral; Law, Environmental Design; Media, Communication & Information; Engineering & Applied Science; and Arts & Sciences.
East side of field: Master’s; Music; Business; and Arts & Sciences.
North stands: Faculty.
ProcessionStudents should line up in the Norlin Quadrangle by 7:45 a.m., wearing their academic regalia. Line up will be by school or college. Please look for the signs that indicate your assembly area. The procession will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m from the Norlin Quadrangle. Upon arrival at Folsom Field, students will enter at the north end of the field at gates 14 and 18.
During the CeremonyPlease stand for the singing of the national anthem and the CU alma mater. (Men, please remove caps.) Students should also stand for the conferring of the degrees for their school or college, as announced. Please remain in your seats at the end of the ceremony for the recessional of the platform party. The university commencement ceremony will last approximately one and one-half hours.
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