When does the Denver Campus commencement take place?


Friday, May 22, 2020, in the Bellco Theater- Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202. The Academic Processional begins at 9:45 a.m. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. Graduates must arrive at 8:30 a.m. The seating area will open at 9 a.m. for guests. Please look for signs directing graduates to their staging area. The convention center is very large and graduates and guests should plan on a 5-7 minute walk to the Bellco Theater.

What are the criteria for having my name included in the 2020 commencement program?

For participation in the May 2020 commencement ceremony and inclusion in the commencement program, degree seeking students must fall into one of the following categories as well as complete their graduation application on jwuLink:

  1. Awarded degree in the fall 2019 or winter 2019-2020 terms.

  2. Enrolled in the spring term and have an expected graduation date of spring 2020, summer 2020 or fall 2020.

  3. Online students or students from other JWU Campuses must inform the commencement coordinator of intent to walk in Denver no later than April 15, 2020.

Are tickets needed to attend commencement?

No. There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend. Seating is not assigned, nor reserved.

Are there services for attendees with Special Needs?

Handicapped accommodations and seating are available. 

For those who may need assistance, please request a wheelchair through the Colorado Convention Center. Staff members will be able to help those who need assistance to and from the seating area.

To request a sign language interpreter, please notify the commencement coordinator by April 6, 2020.

For questions regarding additional accommodations, please email or visit

Personalized commencement announcements may be ordered from Herff-Jones, but should be ordered in advance to ensure timely receipt. Orders will also be accepted at the JWU Bookstore.

Students do NOT need to order caps and gowns through this site. Your free cap and gown may be picked up during the Exit Counseling and Cap and Gown Pick Up Fair on April 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Atrium, or from the Denver Campus Bookstore beginning April 23.

How long does the commencement ceremony usually last?

The ceremony will last approximately one and one half hours to two hours. If you are making lunch reservations, please allow some extra time to be on the safe side.

Is there a way to know where I will be sitting?

There is no assigned seating. Students march in with others by degree candidacy and sit with their friends.

Do the students sit in alphabetical order?

No. Students are given an index card when they check-in that they will print their name and phonetic pronunciation on. This is handed to the person on stage announcing the graduates as they cross the stage.

What is a Student Loan Exit Counseling Session?

Student Loan Exit Counseling is the final step of being a recipient of Federal Direct Student Loans. It reviews and reminds the student borrower of their rights and responsibilities; including repayment options and loan servicer contact information. Students with Federal Direct Student Loans are required to complete an exit counseling session first online with follow-up conducted by Student Financial Services prior to leaving school (if a student is walking in the commencement ceremony, but will be engaging in additional classes in subsequent terms they will receive an email notification of when they should complete their exit counseling). For students graduating in the spring term, after completing the exit counseling/follow-up session, students will be cleared to pick up their cap and gown. If the student does not complete exit counseling, he/she will not receive a cap and gown.

Are photos taken of students receiving their diplomas?

Yes. Grad Images will be taking photos of each student and will contact the student directly with the opportunity to purchase photos.

Students are under no obligation to buy the photos.

For more information about photos, go to

Do students receive their diplomas at commencement?

No. Graduates and expected graduates receive a diploma cover containing a letter from the president of the Denver Campus.

Upon degree completion, official diplomas are mailed to the address specified on the student's graduation application (submitted applications are viewable in jwuLink, which also serves to ensure the student's name is spelled correctly).

Is parking available for commencement ceremonies?

Venue Rules and Regulations

Yes. There is a parking garage connected to the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

If you have any further questions, call 303-256-9462 or email

In order to create a safe an enjoyable experience for all of our guests, the Bellco Theatre has implemented the following security policies:

All guests are subject to search

Please arrive early. Anyone entering the Convention Center for an event at the Bellco Theatre is subject to a reasonable search including but not limited to metal detection and a bag search. The Bellco Theatre reserves the right to inspect personal belongings of suspicious nature. This includes bags, purses, coats, and hats. Your experience will be much like an airport so it is highly recommended that you arrive early.

In the event that prohibited items are revealed during a search, the guest will be permitted to return to their vehicle with the item or the item will be confiscated. Venue management reserves final decision on items allowed into the Bellco Theatre.

Prohibited Items:

Your security check experience will be much like an airport's security process. Please ensure that you do not bring any of the following items: 

  • All outside food or beverages including alcoholic beverages

  • Illegal drugs

  • Laser pointers (devices will be confiscated and patron is subject to ejection)

  • All recording devices (audio, video & cameras as stipulated by the event. Recording media is subject to confiscation)

  • Weapons or any items construed as weapons (firearms, knives, sticks, chemical spray devices etc.)

  • Air horns, bullhorns or other distracting noisemakers

  • Animals (service animals are the only exception)

  • Personal property that is potentially hazardous to other patrons (wallet chains, jewelry with spikes, etc)