RRCC Commencement Information

We are now accepting Fall 2021 applications.
The deadline is September 8th.
(If you have already applied you do not need to reapply)

We are no longer accepting graduation applications for Summer 2021.  The deadline was June 15th.



Nominate an Outstanding Grad
Nominations for Outstanding Graduate will be accepted from faculty, staff or current students, including self-nominations.
Contact Steve Zeeh for nomination info Steven.Zeeh@rrcc.edu  Nomination Deadline: March 26, 2021

GRADUATION, SPRING, May 15, 2021 Please check back periodically.  New or updated info will be added as it becomes available.

Dear 2021 Graduates, Friends, and Families,

The Red Rocks Community College Commencement Committee is pleased to announce the first-ever “hybrid” graduation celebration on Saturday, May 15, 2021. This year’s graduates will drive through* the east-end parking lot on the Lakewood Campus where they will ride under balloon arches and be greeted by President Haney, the executive leadership team, faculty and staff.   All Graduates are welcome to decorate themselves and/or their vehicles for the drive-through. Please keep decor appropriate to the occasion.

All graduates who would like to participate in the hybrid graduation must register here.  Diploma covers and programs will be presented at the hybrid celebration.  All awarded Degrees and Certificates will be mailed out the week of June 7th.  The deadline for the Hybrid registration is April 16th.

Cap and gown packages are available to order online until April 15th. However, caps and gowns are not required. 

Those attending the hybrid ceremony will be assigned a specific timeframe in which to arrive. Those attending the ceremony virtually will have their names read in the pre-recorded speech and a picture shared in the video (optional). The 2021 Spring Virtual Commencement video will be available for viewing starting at 8:00 a.m. on May 15th and will be accessible through the weekend via our College’s YouTube page.   

We will follow the current health and safety guidelines in place at graduation. Please plan on wearing face coverings at all times and adhering to social distancing requirements. If the guidelines change, we will make the necessary modifications and follow campus protocols.

Photo opportunities are important to our graduates and an important part of the experience, so we will have a 2021 Red Rocks graduation sign on both of our campuses. Once you complete the drive-through ceremony, you are welcome to park and take pictures by the sign.  The Lakewood sign will be on the field behind the recreation center and the Arvada sign will be outside the main entrance.

2021 commencement program

For more information or if you have any questions, please email steven.zeeh@rrcc.edu. On behalf of the committee, as well as all of our faculty and staff, congratulations to all of our graduates!

Steven Zeeh
Director of Campus Life

*Students arriving by light rail or on foot will be escorted to the balloon arches via the Red Rock’s Student Life golf cart.

Please note:  Spring 2020 Graduates are being given the option of participating in the Spring 2021 Ceremony.

Your name will not be listed in the Spring 2021 Program,
but we can send you the Spring 2020 Program with your name included.
Please contact Carla Plucknett to request Spring 20 program. carla.plucknett@rrcc.edu

Cumulative GPA Honors Students

All Cumulative GPA Honors Recognition graduates participating in the ceremony can be awarded a medallion. To qualify your cumulative GPA must be 3.85 or higher and you must be completing the requirements for any degree or certificate program at Red Rocks Community College that requires at least 30 credits.  Students who are graduating with multiple degrees will be issued only one medallion.  The medallion can be worn for multiple graduation ceremonies.  Medallions are available for pick up the week before the ceremony.  Please contact Carla Plucknett carla.plucknett@rrcc.edu to arrange a time for pick up.  Please note:  PTK and Honors Recognition are two separate entities. Honors Graduates will be noted in the Commencement Program.

PTK Regalia

PTK regalia can be ordered through the PTK website or may also be available through the Student Life office (303) 914-6379 .

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