Spring 2021 Commencement Information and Sign-up



Thursday, April 8, 2021

Walk 1: 9:00-9:30am

Walk 2: 10:00-10:30am – THIS SESSION IS FULL

You may attend either walk. You can arrive any time during the 30-minute window. Please bring your CSU ID or EID# to check-in.

Sign Up for WCNR’s Ceremonial Commencement Walk using the form on the right.

We are looking forward to April as we host a Ceremonial Walk to commemorate your successes.  During the walk, photographers will be on site to take pictures as you receive your diploma cover. A formal graduation photo opportunity will also be offered.

This Ceremonial Walk is an occasion for Spring and Summer 2021 graduates (undergraduate and graduate) to come together and celebrate their accomplishments. Please remember that this event is contingent upon current CSU and Larimer County public health conditions and guidelines. It is unlikely that we will be allowed to have an in-person gathering on campus at that time. We advise family and friends not to make robust travel plans to Fort Collins. We ask that you reiterate to your loved ones this information as it could jeopardize the event from taking place should guests attempt to attend in person. The event will be livestreamed so family and friends can cheer on their graduate from the safety of home.

Regalia is encouraged, but not required at this celebration. The deadline to order regalia for our April walk has passed, but you can still order regalia or accessories for your personal celebrations. Please follow the link to Jostens’ ordering page.

As part of the CSU ceremonial dress code, students are asked to wear proper attire including shoes, shirts and bottoms at all times. Attire that is not appropriate for the event includes (but is not limited to): Costumes and masks that conceal your identity, clothing with obscene language or graphics, and clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment. Clothing with multiple layers will be subject to search. Face coverings (which must cover your nose and mouth) are required for all attendees throughout the event. In the Rams spirit, we ask students to use discretion and good judgment so that all participants can have a meaningful experience.



In addition to the Ceremonial Walk, you will be receiving an email from GradImages (CSU’s photography partner) in the coming weeks inviting you to complete a personalized graduation slide. If you elect not to upload a picture you will still be celebrated with a slide within your college video. These slides will accompany our full video celebration packages, scheduled to be released in May.



All 2020 and 2021 graduates are welcomed to return to participate in any future formal commencement ceremony with their college once they resume.



Graduates will still receive their diplomas.  It can take at least 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester for diplomas to be received by the student. Please make sure your email and mailing address is updated in RAMweb. Colostate email addresses will be valid 365 days after graduation.



Questions? Contact Vicki Culbreth at Vicki.Culbreth@colostate.edu

General Commencement Policies


The Colorado State University follows a clear bag policy to enhance event security procedures for all events at Moby Arena. The purpose of the clear bag policy is to provide a safer environment for the public and expedite patron entry into Moby Arena. This policy aligns itself with national safety trends of professional and collegiate arenas and stadiums. This new policy limits and restricts the sizes and types of bags that are permitted into Moby Arena during events. Please see this guide regarding approved items.

All points of entry will be included in the new policy. There are no provisions to check items at each entry. Instead, patrons will be asked to either take prohibited items back to their vehicle or dispose of prohibited items at their respective entrance.

At Colorado State University we want to ensure all guests have a positive, memorable and safe experience during the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. We look forward to celebrating your graduates’ special day.

Diploma Covers

Graduates receive a diploma cover at Commencement. The actual diplomas will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after commencement. For those unable to attend the ceremonies, diploma covers are available in the Registrar’s Office (at no charge). Diploma covers can be mailed by emailing a request to Diplomaoffice@colostate.edu; the postage cost is $5.00 per cover for U.S. mailings.

Announcements, Class Ring Sales, and Grad Fair

Information on announcements and class rings will become available in February.

Generic announcements (non-personalized announcements) may be purchased at the University Bookstore any time.

Veteran Information

Veteran stoles will be available when you pick up your regalia in Moby Gym. Stoles are free to the students and do not have to be returned although we do ask you to sign for them. If the student is not on the list at the Veteran Stole table in Moby, then it means they need to see Jenny Pickett in the Adult Learner and Veteran Services Office with documents to confirm they are a veteran or military member. There will be a similar email going out to our veterans who intend to graduate to make sure we cover all of our bases. Student veterans who are physically walking will have priority over those who are not walking. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact the ALVS Staff at alvs_staff@mail.colostate.edu.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or come into the ALVS office


GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our school. Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there’s never any obligation to order, you’ll save 20% off orders of $50 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit http://GradImages.com/Preregistration.


Following commencement, GradImages photographers will be circulating outside the commencement venue to capture additional candid photographs of our graduates with their loved ones. The GradImages staff will be wearing red vests, so they’ll be highly visible and easy to locate. Grab a red vest and snap some candid shots!

Commencement Parking

Free Parking is available in the Moby Arena Parking Lot all day. A free shuttle, “Around the Horn,” travels to the Lory Student Center every 10 minutes from the Moby Arena lot.

Paid Parking is also available in the parking lot north of the Lory Student Center (Lot 310). This system requires a credit card or cash payment made at a kiosk in the lot. There are also pay-by-plate spaces in Lot 425, which is located due west of the Morgan Library.

Additional information regarding parking can be obtained from the CSU Parking Services at http://parking.colostate.edu/ or by calling (970) 491-7041.


This ceremony is a very public event, reflecting upon you, your Department, your College, and the University. For this reason, we request that your behavior during the ceremony reflect the dignity and importance of this occasion for all of us. University administrators and members of the Board of Governors will participate in our ceremony. Alcoholic beverages or inappropriate substances or objects are not in keeping with the dignified nature of our commencement ceremony and are not permitted. Such items will be confiscated as you enter the line-up area. This ceremony is the capstone of the academic experience for you, other students, and families and friends. Your recognition of the rights of others to enjoy the ceremony free from disruptive or inappropriate behavior is appreciated.

Guest conduct restrictions
Prohibited items not allowed in Commencement and Commissioning venues include the following:
1.  Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs carried in by patrons.
2.  Glass bottles or metal cans.
3.  Ice chests or large coolers.
4.  Bota bags or wine skins.
5.  Sticks, bats or clubs, including any attachments.
6.  Fireworks, firearms or other weapons, or simulated weapons.
7.  Bullhorns or other artificial noisemakers.
8.  Framed backpacks.
9.  Animals other than certified guide dogs for the disabled.