Frequently Asked Commencement Questions
- Do I need a ticket to attend commencement?
All guests must have a ticket to enter the Bank of Colorado Arena. Guests must obtain a ticket directly from their graduate prior to the ceremony. Graduates will receive electronic tickets and these can be shared digitally or printed out. Tickets are valid for one entry per person.
- Are tickets required for children?
Tickets are required for all children over the age of two. Children under the age of two must sit on the lap of a family member.
- I have questions about my tickets.
For questions about tickets or to report issues, please contact the UNC Ticket Office at 970-351-4849. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I'm graduating. Do I need a ticket to attend commencement?
Congratulations! Graduating students will not require a ticket to attend the ceremony at which they will receive their diploma. However, your guests will need a ticket to enter the Bank of Colorado Arena.
- What time should I arrive to participate in the ceremony?
Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the ceremony so that you can check in and line up with your peers.
- I'm graduating from multiple colleges. How do I know which one I should walk with?
The choice is completely up to you. Your affiliated colleges will be prepared to assist you at whichever ceremony you choose.
- Is there a rehearsal for the ceremony?
There is no rehearsal. Graduation staff will help you line up in the right place, and faculty marshals will guide you through the ceremony. If you're nervous or curious, you may watch the recordings of previous ceremonies on the university YouTube channel!
- How do I request accommodations for the ceremony?
- What are the guidelines for decorating my cap?
You may decorate your cap however you like as long as it does not include anything inappropriate or obstruct the view of graduates seated behind you.
- Will I be ok wearing high heels?
Commencement participation involves significant walking and graduates are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
Stiletto heels are prohibited in the arena to protect the surfaces in UNC's athletic venues.
- How long is the ceremony?
Most ceremonies last from 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the number of graduates present.
- Can I watch the ceremony from anywhere? Will there be a recording available afterward?
- Is there accessible seating available?
There is designated accessible seating along the first row of bleachers in Bank of Colorado Arena.
- Where can I park?
UNC parking lots around campus are open to the public during Commencement weekend and permits are not required.
Bank of Colorado Arena: Primary parking is located in Lots Y, L, and M, with overflow parking in D, B, E, and C. View parking map.
There are a number of accessible parking spaces near the venue(s). These spaces are reserved for vehicles that display the appropriate state-issued hang tags or license plates. Parking can only be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Guests are asked to follow all parking and traffic signage, including posted restrictions. UNC's campus borders several neighborhoods where street parking and traffic directions may be restricted.
View interactive campus map.
- What can I bring to the ceremony?
While personal items such as purses, camera bags and diaper bags are allowed, all such bags are subject to search prior to entering the building. There will separate security lines for those with bags and those without. Backpacks and balloons of any kind are not permitted inside the arena.
Bank of Colorado Arena is an official venue of UNC Athletics. Please visit the Bank of Colorado Arena Policies and Information page for additional information regarding guest conduct and prohibited items.
- Are animals allowed inside ceremony venues?
Any certified service animal is welcome anywhere on campus. Pets that are not certified service animals will not be allowed to enter the ceremony venue.
- Where can I stay and dine in Greeley?
Greeley offers guests several lodging and dining options. Guests are encouraged to use the Visit Greeley directory for a complete list of partners.
- How do I make sure my name appears in the program?
Students must apply to graduate by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2023 to guarantee their name appears in the program. Students who apply to graduate after this deadline are welcome to participate in the ceremony but will not have their name in the program.
Applications for each ceremony are available below:
- What are my options for photos?
Each graduate has a portrait taken in front of a green screen at the side of the stage and a photo taken on the stage with your diploma cover. You will receive an email when your proofs are ready and you can choose whether to purchase photos at that point. Because portraits are in front of a green screen, you will have several background options to choose from. View and order photos here.
- What does the graduation fee cover?
The graduation fee covers the cost of processing and posting a student’s degree. All graduating students are assessed the graduation fee independent of their participation in a commencement ceremony.
- How do I get my diploma?
Graduates receive their diplomas via mail following completion of the semester and verification of academic requirements.
- I'm a journalist interested in covering UNC's Commencement. Who do I need to contact?
Contact the university's News and PR team to request credentials at least two days before the ceremonies.
- Who should I contact with additional questions?
For questions about the Commencement ceremony, contact University Advancement at 970-351-2551 or email email@example.com.