RRCC Commencement Information

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Commencement Information


NOTE: RRCC has one Commencement ceremony per year at the end of Spring semester in May 2019. Graduates from the previous Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters are welcome to participate in the Spring 2019 Commencement. The Spring 2019 Commencement will be held May 18, 2019.

Remember, you must apply to be awarded degrees and certificates.

The deadline for Fall 2018 Graduation applications has passed and those applications are in process.  Please apply for Spring 2019 beginning October 1st!


Nominate an Outstanding Grad

Nominations for Outstanding Graduate will be accepted from faculty, staff or current students, including self-nominations. To nominate a student, complete the online form here. Nomination Deadline: (TBD)

Cap & Gown

For information regarding graduation cap and gown, announcements, and other mementos please visit the RRCC Bookstore or the Herff Jones ordering website for easy ordering before (TBD). At the end of April the RRCC Bookstore will have a limited stock of various cap and gown sizes, so order your caps and gowns by (TBD) to ensure you get the size you need.  Miscellaneous sizes will be available for purchase in the Bookstore after TBD.

Cap & Gown Cost:

$40.00 (approximate) - Contact the RRCC Bookstore for further details at 303.914.6232


Date: May 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Outdoor pavilion/multi-purpose field located north of the east parking lot (map)

Seating Sign-Up (for Graduates Only)

All graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony must sign-up for seating.  Reservations will begin in January 2019. Please contact Carla Plucknett by May 15th for your reservation (phone: 303.914.6496, room 1200, behind Admissions, Monday-Thursday 9:30am to 6pm and Friday 9am-5pm). Necessary information: First and Last Name, Student Number, semester of graduation and a contact Phone Number.

Guest seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the date of the ceremony.

Disability needsGraduates or their guests requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact Accessibility Services at least 72 hours prior to the event. Please call 303.914.6733. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for guests with disabilities. Seating in this area will be limited to the disabled person and two guests.


Rehearsal for grads marching in the ceremony will be from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019. Meet at the outdoor pavilion. In case of rain, meet in the Community Room at 2:00 p.m.


  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.

Arrival Time and Location

  1. Assemble in two columns in the RRCC Recreation Center Gymnasium.

  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. No additional adornments of any kind are allowed with the exception of Honors, Veterans, NSLS, and Phi Theta Kappa recognition. PTK members wear both the red and gold tassels (gold alone is for a Ph.D. degree).
  3. Make sure the tassel is securely fastened under the button on your cap.
  4. Tassel should be worn to the right. During the ceremony you will be instructed when to move it to the left.
  5. Bobby pins can be helpful to keep your cap in place.
  6. You will be walking on grass, please consider that when you choose your footwear.

Honors Students

All Honors Recognition graduates participating in the ceremony can be awarded a medallion. To qualify your cumulative G.P.A. must be 3.85 or higher and 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 the week of the ceremony and can be worn on your gown. Please note:  PTK and Honors Recognition are two separate entities. Honors Graduates will be noted in the Commencement Program.

Family Members and Guests -- Seating and Photos

  1. At least the first ten rows of the center section are reserved for graduates.
  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. Standing or sitting in the aisles is not permitted.

Photo/Name Cards

You will receive a card for your personal information.  You must have this card with you during the ceremony and give it to the narrator as you move on stage. The narrator will use the card to announce your name as you receive your diploma cover. Please write clearly and include a phonetic spelling, if needed.


An interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing will be on stage, on the left side.


There will be a number of temporary restrooms set up in various locations near the Pavilion.  As well, Grads and guests can use the 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 2019 diplomas and certificates will be mailed the week of (June TBD), providing that final grades have been posted and all financial obligations have been met.

Inclement Weather

  • If weather is questionable, check for updated announcements on this page, or call 303-914-6600 on the morning of Graduation for a recorded update. Our alternate location is the RRCC Recreation Center Gymnasium. If the ceremony moves to the Gym location, Graduates will be limited to 2 Guest Tickets (due to space constraints). These will be given out at the Rehearsal and before the Graduation Ceremony. Other guests may attend the ceremony, but will be observing the ceremony on video monitors placed throughout the RRCC campus.
  • The Ceremony will still begin at 10am.

Ceremony Processional

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 (or TBD)

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.

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