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Seniors are invited to participate in an undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Health and Human Sciences. No RSVP is required to attend.

Seniors may choose to participate in Fall (December) or Spring (May) ceremonies, depending on their availability, family and friends, and interest in participating with their peers graduating at the same time. The College of Health and Human Sciences will be prepared for each graduating senior with the Anticipated Graduation Term for that semester’s commencement ceremony (Spring and Summer terms for Spring ceremony; Fall term for Fall ceremony). A name reader card will be pre-printed by the Registrar’s Office for these students.

Students: YOU are responsible for setting the correct Anticipated Graduation Term in RAMweb. Considering participating in a ceremony before or after your Anticipated Graduation Term? Learn more here, and consult your adviser if you have any questions. If your Anticipated Graduation Term is NOT Spring or Summer 2017, but you plan to participate in the December 16 ceremony, please submit your name and contact information on the CHHS Fall 2017 Commencement Walk-Through Information Survey, which will be posted here early in the semester.

Names in the Printed Program

The Registrar’s Office provides names for the printed program based on the Anticipated Graduation Term students designate on RAMweb. Students: YOU are responsible for setting the correct Anticipated Graduation Term in RAMweb. Seniors with an Anticipated Graduation Term in Spring or Summer will have their names in the Spring Commencement Program. Seniors with an Anticipated Graduation Term in Summer or Fall will have their names in the Fall Commencement Program. Seniors with confidential holds on their records, or an Anticipated Graduation Term of another semester will NOT be included in the program. Walk-through students will only be included in the program for their Anticipated Graduation Term. For questions about your Anticipated Graduation Term, please consult with your adviser.

Attire and Behavior

Grad Pack ButtonCommencement is a dignified ceremony. Candidates must appear in appropriate academic attire at commencement exercises. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Public intoxication is not permitted on University property and intoxicated candidates will NOT be allowed to participate in commencement.

Regalia (Caps and Gowns)

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Grad Packs are offered through the CSU Alumni Association, and include gown rental, cap and tassel (both yours to keep!), PLUS Alumni Association Membership. Click the button to the left or visit the Grad Pack web site to learn more and order online. Students who are not interested in ordering a Grad Pack may rent regalia online here by Friday, April 7, 2017, or at Cap and Gown Distribution (CASH ONLY).

Undergraduate robes are black, and cum laude graduates wear gold robes. Students graduating with distinction (cum laude, etc.) will receive email notification from the Registrar’s Office mid-semester indicating this status; this email must be presented to regalia representatives to rent the gold robes. (For questions about graduating with distinction, please contact the Registrar’s Office.) University Honors Scholars graduates wear green robes and a black stole. A list of University Honors Scholars is provided to the regalia representatives. Honorary society cords are considered part of the regalia, and are provided by each honorary society.

Regalia distribution will take place:

  • Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Moby C-Wing (east end of the Moby Complex), Intramural Gym
  • All orders placed before April 5: Regalia will be pre-packaged in alphabetical order. Must bring ID for pickup.

Note: The tassel for undergraduates in the College of Health and Human Sciences is maroon and is yours to keep, along with your cap. Extra souvenir tassels are available for $8 each.

Return of regalia will be immediately after the ceremony in Moby C-Wing. (Please note that you may be charged for late returns. Any late returns should be sent directly to Herff Jones – Returns, 1000 N. Market Street, Champaign, IL 61820.)

Construction Management students are given a Ram Built Hard Hat by the department during their final semester. Although students are NOT permitted to wear hard hats during the commencement ceremony (mortarboards are required), construction management students are encouraged to bring hard hats to commencement lineup. All hard hats will be placed in a bin provided by the department, and brought to the arena for graduates to wear for the department group photo taken after the ceremony. For questions about hard hats, please contact the Department of Construction Management.

Graduates Line up by 1 p.m. in the Intramural Gym

Lineup of graduates will take place in the Intramural Gym. Arrive no later than 1 p.m. to allow time to check in and pick up your name card. Check-in will be on the north side. There will NOT be a place to store coats or purses.


All Health and Human Sciences graduating seniors will be individually recognized at the HHS College Commencement Ceremony. Only graduates are allowed on the floor of Moby Arena. Individual names will be announced and diploma covers presented. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2 p.m., and will last approximately one and a half (1.5) hours. Students are expected to remain in the arena for the entire ceremony. Graduating students with special needs (i.e. hearing-impaired, mobility impairments, wheelchair seating), please contact Malinda Sloan at (970) 491-6365 to make arrangements.

Graduation Announcements and Class Ring Sales

Company representatives from CB Grad Announcements (announcements) and Josten’s (class rings) will be present in the Lory Student Center Flea Market area (outside the CSU Bookstore) to take customized orders on dates during fall semester to be announced. Check this page early in the semester for updates. Orders for announcements may be placed at or (800) 433-0296 and can be made until commencement or afterwards. Customized orders are returned within seven (7) days. The CSU Bookstore will sponsor a Grad Fair on a date to be announced. Generic (non-personalized) announcements can be purchased at the Lory Student Center Bookstore at anytime.


Guests will be seated in Moby Arena beginning at 1 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2 p.m., and will last approximately one and a half (1.5) hours.

No tickets are required, but seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. To ensure there is adequate guest seating, the college recommends groups no larger than six guests per graduating student. To accommodate out-of-town family and friends and large groups, the university offers free live and archived webcasts of recent university commencement and commissioning ceremonies at

Guests in wheelchairs can be accommodated on both the north and south ends of the concourse level, with the best view of the ceremony on the west side. (The best area to drop off guests in wheelchairs is at the north inclined ramp which will take them up to the concourse level; there are no elevators in this area.) The first two rows of seats in each section will also be reserved for guests who need special assistance because of difficulty managing stairs. Signs will be taped to chairs for these persons and a few of their companions. This seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited, so please do not plan for large groups to sit in this area. A sign language interpreter will be present. There will be reserved seating in Section P for hearing-impaired guests.

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.


Guests may use cameras from the upper concourse level. Guests are not permitted on the arena floor during the ceremony.

A professional photographer will take photos of graduates as they line up for individual recognition, as they cross the stage, and in front of a blue screen for customized backgrounds. GradImages® is the official photographer at your graduation ceremony. You can review photos for purchase online the week after commencement at Or, if you would like to receive an email when your/your graduate’s photos are available, please visit Enter Colorado State University and select College of Health and Human Sciences. You may enter your own information, or that of friends and family members who wish to see your photos. If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the GradImages® customer service department at (800) 261-2576 or email them at

Parking and Transportation

There is no charge for commencement parking. Parking is available in the Moby Arena Lot 195 (see grid location A-6 on the CSU Campus Parking Map), or anywhere on campus with the following restrictions: Tickets WILL be issued to cars in restricted areas: handicapped zones, 20-minute loading zones, metered zones, and red zones. Additional information regarding parking can be obtained from CSU Parking Services at (970) 491-7041.

Around the Horn – a free, cross-campus shuttle, travels every ten minutes between the Moby Arena Lot and Lory Student Center and other campus locations, including the MAX University Station from 7 a.m.-6:40 p.m. Note that service will end before the commencement ceremony begins.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, please call (970) 491-SNOW or check for updates on the University’s operating status and news of any closures or cancellations.

Diploma Covers

Diploma covers are handed out at the ceremonies. Your actual diploma will be mailed to you six to eight weeks after commencement. For those unable to attend the ceremony, a diploma cover is available at no charge in the Registrar’s Office, Centennial Hall, (970) 491-4860. Diploma covers can be mailed by calling (970) 491-7159. The postage cost is $5 per cover for U.S. mailings.

Connect with the College and your Department/School

Before you graduate, be sure to like, follow, and connect with the College and your Department/School on social media at

Future Commencement Dates

PLEASE NOTE: dates and times for the College of Health and Human Sciences commencement previously posted on this web site are subject to change. Updates will be posted as soon as information becomes available.

For more University commencement and commissioning ceremony information, please visit

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 12, 2016 | 3 p.m. | Moby Arena

Health and Human Sciences graduate students participate in the Graduate School Commencement. For regalia and line-up information, visit



Faculty lineup at 1:30 p.m. in the Intramural Gym

CHHS Policy on Faculty Participation in Commencement Ceremonies

CHHS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies are important institutional ceremonies that are the culmination of a student’s career in the College of Health and Human Sciences. These ceremonies are significant symbolic events for students and their families and, as such, require participation of the faculty as the ranking members of the academic community. As a professional responsibility (Academic Faculty and Administrative Professional Manual, section I.13 Attendance at Graduation Ceremonies) and as a show of support for students, all full-time faculty are encouraged to attend both ceremonies but at a minimum are expected to attend one commencement ceremony a year.

Each department will be responsible for developing a plan for implementing the policy. Academic units with only graduate programs (Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Education) are responsible for developing a plan for faculty participation at CSU Graduate Commencement Ceremonies.

Faculty Marshals

Faculty marshals play important roles in the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Student marshals guide students through the processional, individual recognition, and recessional, maintaining a sense of decorum and providing direction to ensure an orderly ceremony. Banner marshals represent each academic unit during the processional and recessional, and assist with the overall flow of the ceremony. Training is provided for all marshals. Faculty are encouraged to connect with your unit’s central commencement contact to learn more about these roles and to volunteer.

Faculty Regalia

Faculty orders are coordinated by each unit office directly with the supplier, Unique Recognition/Herff Jones. Faculty should reserve regalia online using the link and codes on the Faculty Regalia Order Form that will be provided early in the semester on this web page and via email to each unit. Faculty cap, gown, and tassel rental is $22; hood rental is an additional $26 (total of $48). No payment is needed to place a reservation. Faculty who have rented regalia before are already in the system. Units can coordinate group Pcard payment and delivery by calling (970) 663-2668. Units with three or more orders may choose to have them shipped directly to one location. See the order form for more details. Payment can also be made with cash or Pcard at the distribution prior to the ceremony. The deadline for ordering faculty regalia will be announced on this web page and via email to units as soon as it is released. Orders placed after this date are subject to a $20 late fee and must be placed by phone or email (see form for details). All regalia must be returned in Moby C-Wing Intramural Gym following your last ceremony.

Student Participation

To assist students in determining which commencement ceremony to attend, please consult the CHHS Commencement Attendance Flyer. Students wishing to participate in a ceremony other than their Anticipated Graduation Term are encouraged to provide their name and contact information on the CHHS Spring 2017 Commencement Walk-Through Information Survey by Monday, April 24, 2017.

Additional Information

Student and guest commencement information can be found here.

University-wide commencement information can be found here.


Malinda Sloan, CHHS Commencement Coordinator
(970) 491-6365

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Friday, December 15, 2017 | 3 p.m. | Moby Arena

Faculty members are encouraged to attend and participate in the processional in support of their graduate student advisees. In particular, Ph.D. candidates will be individually recognized on the platform, and their faculty advisers are asked to participate in the hooding ceremony. Visit the Graduate School Commencement Page for more information.

View archived webcasts of commencement and commissioning ceremonies at

Spring 2017 CHHS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 12: Like, tag, and share photos on the CHHS Facebook album. Download photos from the CHHS Flickr set.

Fall 2016 CHHS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on December 16: Like, tag, and share photos on the CHHS Facebook album. Download photos from the CHHS Flickr set.

Spring 2016 CHHS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 13: Like, tag, and share photos on the CHHS Facebook album. Download photos from the CHHS Flickr set.

View archived webcasts of commencement and commissioning ceremonies at