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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Colorado College's biggest annual celebration is coming up! We are thrilled to honor our Class of 2020 in-person as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas, and we are so excited to have you back to Colorado Springs for your Commencement!

Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held on Sunday, May 30, 9 a.m. at the brand-new Weidner Field in downtown Colorado Springs.

We are moving forward with plans for safe in-person ceremonies in alignment with state and county guidelines. Please keep in mind that the campus buildings and grounds are closed to visitors. 

Students who finished all graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree and are considered August 2020 or December 2020 or May 2021 graduates can participate in the May 23 (Class of 2021) Commencement ceremony. 

Students considered August 2019 or December 2019, or May 2020 graduates can participate in the May 30 (Class of 2020) Commencement. 

Students do not have the option to choose in which Commencement they can participate. No exceptions to this rule will be granted.

Timeline for the Class of 2020

Saturday, May 1-Friday, May 14 

Deadline May 14 Graduates can upload a photo to the commencement app. (Link coming soon!)

Friday, May 7

No later than 5 p.m. All graduates must RSVP with two guests’ names on their invitation. (More information about tickets will be coming soon!)

Wednesday, May 26

TBD Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to be tested at the on-campus testing site the Wednesday prior to the ceremony. (More details to come.)

Friday, May 28

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All graduates must take a COVID test at Boettcher Health Center and receive a negative result to participate in Commencement. Make your testing appointment.

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.
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Graduates pick up regalia at the CC bookstore (must show negative COVID test)

Saturday, May 29

9 - 11 a.m. Commencement mandatory rehearsal for graduates. Location: TBD (graduates must bring their COVID results to participate)
11 a.m. Class photo – Immediately following rehearsal (graduates bring their cap and gowns)
1 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony. * This is an invitation only event.
2 – 4 p.m. Grad Images to take individual Commencement photos in regalia. Location: Worner Center Perkins Lounge

Sunday, May 30

7 a.m. Graduates must arrive at Weidner Field for temperature check, symptom checker, and line up at Phil Long Ford entrance at the west side of the stadium.
9 a.m. Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony begins.
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Commencement Weekend Lodging

Floral Arrangements

For Commencement floral arrangements, visit: www.coloradocollege.edu/floral2020

Parking

Parking is permitted in any of the lots around the stadium for a fee. There is on-street parking available within walking distance to the stadium. Accessible-only parking is available and will be indicated via signs on the north side of the stadium. 

Weather

Colorado Springs is located at 6,000 feet above sea level in an area with low humidity. Sunscreen, hats, lip balm, and plenty of water are all advisable. May in Colorado could bring sunshine, rain, or snow.

Visiting Colorado Springs

We encourage everyone to celebrate their graduates safely in small, family gatherings, socially distanced, and outdoors when possible. To assist you in planning ahead, CC is happy to offer the Discover Downtown Pass in partnership with Downtown Colorado Springs. This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of curated retail stores, galleries, attractions, and restaurants offering deals and discounts to help you plan and enjoy a safe Commencement celebration. 

Coronavirus Updates

The college is monitoring national and international updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19). If necessary, we will adjust plans for Commencement if directed to do so by El Paso County Health Department. 

For updates and resources: www.coloradocollege.edu/coronavirus
Commencement website: www.coloradocollege.edu/commencement 

Questions?

Contact Brenda Soto at (719) 389-6265.