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Celebrating the Classes of 2020 & 2021

We are thrilled that Commencement for the Class of 2021 will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021, and Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Both events will be held in person at 9 a.m., at the brand new Weidner Field in downtown Colorado Springs. We are moving forward with plans for in-person ceremonies in alignment with state and county COVID-19 guidelines. While this year’s festivities will look different from previous years, we look forward to honoring our graduates in person as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas. Please stay tuned for an official invitation, and watch the CC Commencement web pages for continued updates in the coming weeks.

Health and safety remain our top priority, and all graduates will be required to have a COVID test on campus the Friday before each Sunday ceremony. Trustees, faculty, and staff who will be attending also will have testing available to them on campus. Commencement will be held downtown at Weidner Field, the home of the Switchbacks FC, which will allow each graduate to have two guests attend the event. We also encourage guests to be tested on the Friday before Commencement. Guests will not be tested on campus, but you can find testing sites in Colorado Springs here. Please plan and dress accordingly for an outdoor ceremony, as we will not have a backup indoor gathering. (Please note: All plans are contingent on the weather.) As always, we invite all other family members and friends of our graduates who cannot attend to watch the livestream ceremony.

In order to further mitigate the risk of COVID, these events will have mobile ticketing to reduce direct contact. Guests are required to wear masks, and we ask that all graduates and guests stay socially distanced, use hand sanitizer, and do not shake hands. If you are ill, do not attend the ceremony. As a further safety precaution, there will not be a reception following the ceremonies. We encourage guests to plan any meals or gatherings outdoors and socially distanced for enhanced safety.

Additional end-of-year and Commencement festivities include: 

Honors Convocation is Tuesday, May 11, at 11 a.m. via webinar. This is CC’s opportunity to honor outstanding students and faculty. The annual program includes departmental awards, all-college awards, and awards from the Colorado College Student Government Association. All are welcome to attend virtually. The ceremony serves as the First Mondays presentation for Block 8.
The Baccalaureate address will be delivered virtually, as will the honorary degree ceremony. Links to view these pre-recorded events will be publicized when they are available.  

Departmental receptions and the President’s reception will not be held this year due to public health recommendations.

If you are interested in helping with any Commencement events, please contact Brenda Soto, director of college events: 

We are grateful to El Paso County Public Health for helping us develop a safety plan for in-person Commencement festivities, and we thank you in advance for doing your part — by getting tested for COVID, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and handwashing, and limiting your exposure — to ensure that our graduates can celebrate safely together.

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