(NOTE: RRCC has one commencement ceremony per year at the end of Spring semester in May.)
Nominate an Outstanding GRAD
Nominations for Outstanding Graduate are now being accepted from faculty, staff or current students, including self-nominations. To nominate a student, complete the online form here. Nomination Deadline: April 5, 2013
Cap & Gown
For information regarding graduation cap and gown and other mementos please contact the RRCC Bookstore at 303.914.6232.
Application deadline for Spring, 2013 graduation: February 6, 2013.
(Click here for grad application)
CeremonyDate: May 18, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Outdoor pavilion/multi-purpose field located north of the east parking lot (map)
Persons requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact the Office of Special Services at least 72 hours prior to attending. Please call 303.914.6733.
Reservations for graduate seating will begin February 27, 2013 for those planning on participating in the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony. Please contact Carla Plucknett BEFORE April 22, 2013 for your reservation.
Carla Plucknett: 303-914-6496 or firstname.lastname@example.org (room 1200,
behind Admissions, Monday-Thursday 9:30am to 6pm and Friday 9am-5pm). This is
for graduate seating only. Guest seating will be available on a first-come
first-served basis on the date of the 2013 ceremony.
Rehearsal for grads marching in the ceremony will be from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17, 2013. Meet at the outdoor
In case of rain, meet in the Community Room at 2:00 p.m.
All students who are planning to participate need to register with Carla Plucknett in Student
Records in room 1200, between February 27, 2013 and April 22, 2013 to reserve a seat.
Caps and gowns will be available from the campus bookstore, 303.914.6232. Watch for notice in spring 2013.
1. All lots will be open.
2. Handicapped parking spots will be designated in the East lot and the short-term parking.
3. The entrance to the east lot will be closed when it is full.
Designated handicapped seating for guests will be available on the left (east) side of the seating area. Seating in this area is limited to two guests and the disabled person.
To reserve seating for this area, please contact, Jean Kelly at 303.914.6731 by May 3, 2013. Please keep in mind seating in this area is limited to the
handicapped person and two guests.
1. Assemble in two columns on the service drive, just north of the
2. Be in line, dressed in cap and gown, between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m.
3. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. as we will still be preparing for the ceremony.
1. Required Commencement attire is cap and gown, no exceptions.
2. Be sure the tassel is securely fastened under the button on your cap.
3. Tassel should be worn to the right. During the ceremony you will be instructed when to move it to the left.
4. Bobby pins can be helpful to keep your cap in place, especially on a windy day.
5. You will be walking on grass, please consider that when you choose your footwear.
6. PTK members wear both the red and gold tassels (gold alone is for a Ph. D. degree).
Date: Date to be determined
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.
Place: RRCC Bookstore
Cap & Gown Cost:
$30.98 Contact the bookstore for further details.
All Honors Recognition graduates participating in the ceremony will be awarded a medallion. To qualify your cumulative G.P.A. must be 3.85 or higher, completing the requirements for any degree or completing the requirements for a certificate program at Red Rocks Community College that requires at least 30 credits. If you do qualify, please notify Student Records. Medallions are available at Student Records and can be worn at the ceremony.
Family Members and Guests - Seating, Photos
1. The first ten rows of the center section are reserved for
2. Designated handicapped seating is available on the left (east) side of the seating area.
3. Two rows on the right (west) side of the seating area are reserved for VIPs.
4. All other seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may also sit on the lawn, but need to remain behind the lines marked on the field. PLEASE ask your guests not to arrive prior to 9:00 a.m. as we will still be preparing for the ceremony.
5. The area immediately around the graduate seating must be kept clear. Family members/guests who wish to take photos of grads receiving their diplomas MUST use the designated area to the right of the stage. PLEASE ask your guests to be considerate of others and walk behind the audience to this area.
6. No seating is allowed on the track.
7. Smoking is NOT allowed in the outdoor theatre area. The closest smoking area is by the southeast entrance to the building.
You will receive a card for your personal information. This card has
1. The narrator will use the card to announce your name as you receive your diploma. Please write clearly and include a phonetic spelling, if needed.
2. You may write a thank-you, up to 20 words, that will be read as you cross the stage. Please print clearly.
An interpreter for the hearing-impaired will be on stage, on the left
No outdoor restrooms are available. Grads and guests will need to use
restrooms in the east wing of the building.
1. Diplomas are not issued at the ceremony. You will be receiving a padded
diploma cover when you cross the stage.
2. Spring 2013 diplomas and certificates will be mailed the week of June 10, providing that final grades have been posted and all financial obligations have been met.
1. In the case of inclement weather commencement will be held at Green
Mountain High School, in the gymnasium, at 11:00 am. GMHS is located at 13175
W. Green Mountain Drive. From Union avenue and Alameda parkway, drive west on
Alameda parkway to Green Mountain drive. South on Green Mountain drive to the
high school. If weather is questionable, check for updated announcements on
this page or call 303.914.6667.
2. All events will begin one hour later.
3. If the ceremony is moved to Green Mountain High School, grads will assemble in the cafeteria between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m.
4. If we move to Green Mountain High School you are limited to 5 guests.
The processional will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.
The order of the processional is:
• Faculty of the Year (carrying college mace)
• President and Platform Guests
• Deans, Faculty and Staff
• VP of Student Services, two Marshals and the Graduates
• Boy Scouts of America
Remain standing for posting of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance.
To ensure that the graduation ceremony runs smoothly, only graduates may walk in the processional, sit in the graduate area and walk on stage to accept degrees.
All graduates and their guests are invited to join the faculty and staff
for refreshments immediately following the ceremony on the east lawn.