When does the Denver Campus commencement take place?


Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street, Denver, Colorado. 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 Performing Arts Complex is very large and graduates and guests should plan on a 5-7 minute walk to Boettcher Concert Hall.

What are the criteria for having my name included in the 2019 commencement program?

For participation in the May 2019 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 2018 or winter 2018-2019 terms.

  2. Enrolled in the spring term and have an expected graduation date of spring 2019, summer 2019 or fall 2019.

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 Denver Performing Arts Complex. 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, 2019.

For questions regarding additional accommodations, please email graduation.den@jwu.edu.

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 on February 6 and 7 from 10 a.m - 3 p.m.

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 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Atrium, or from the Denver Campus Bookstore beginning April 25.

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 www.gradimages.com.

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 graduation.den@jwu.edu.

All students and guests are required to abide by the following venue policies:

Permitted/Prohibited Items

To ensure the safety of guests, Arts & Venues is providing enhanced security, including metal detectors, at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. All guests are strongly encouraged to arrive early for security and bag screening; exterior doors open 45 minutes prior to your ticketed performance.



·         Empty  or factory-sealed water bottles (plastic and aluminum)

·         Limelight beverages in plastic cups with lids

·         Bags smaller than 12” x 12” x 12” (must fit under designated seat)




·         Marijuana and drugs without a prescription

·         Laser pointers (will be confiscated and patron subject to ejection)

·         Coolers

·         Weapons or items construed as weapons (including, but not limited to: firearms, knives, sharp-edged objects, mace and pepper spray, tasers, props/toys)

·         Bullhorns or noisemakers

·         Balloons

·         Selfie Sticks

·         Confetti, glitter and other items that can be thrown

·         Commercial signage

·         Animals (except service animals)

·         Bicycles and scooters

·         Patrons bringing skateboards, inline skates, hoverboards, or strollers will be asked to check them at the theatre

·         Remote control flying devices or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)

·         Bags larger than 12” x 12” x 12”


NOTE: The safety and security of all Arts Complex guests is our top priority. All bags and persons entering an Arts Complex venue are subject to search. Theatergoers may be asked to open bulky outerwear, such as jackets, prior to entering. All belongings brought into the theater must be kept under the direct control of the owner at all times. Bags and valuables should not be left unattended. Arts Complex management reserves the right to refuse any item deemed a potential safety or security risk or with the potential to be a distraction to the event being held. Arts Complex rules are subject to change.