Commencement

Commencement

The dean, faculty, and staff of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering congratulate you on your upcoming graduation from Colorado State University! The College commencement ceremony individually recognizes bachelor graduates and their achievements. 

Moby Arena, CSU Photography

Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
Moby Arena

Social Media

Send your grad a congratulatory message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #RamGrad.

Grads, submit a photo in your cap and gown to socialmedia@colostate.edu!

Commencement Speaker: Brittany Stinson

Spring 2019 Commencement speaker Brittany Stinson

A native of Fort Collins, Brittany graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1998 and began pursuing her engineering degree at Colorado State University. She graduated summa cum laude in 2002 with degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Science (Space Concentration) and a minor in mathematics.

At CSU, she was awarded the Colorado Engineering Council Silver Medal, which recognizes an outstanding graduate from the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, as well as Outstanding Civil Engineer.

Brittany interned at ATK Thiokol (now part of Northrop Grumman), where she worked on the Solid Rocket Motors for the Space Shuttle, and Lockheed Martin Space Systems, working on the Atlas launch vehicle. Brittany also worked with Dr. Paul Wilbur and a small team of students on NASA’s Interstellar Precursor Mission, designing an ion propulsion system. At CSU she was active in SWE, AIAA, Chi Epsilon, as well as concrete canoe and coaching tennis.

After graduation, Brittany joined Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, launching Atlas missions for the Air Force and NASA, including New Horizons, the first mission to Pluto and beyond.

In 2006, she became part of United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Lockheed Martin and Boeing joint venture. In 2007, Brittany earned her Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and was the recipient of CSU’s Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award. Brittany is currently a Mission Manager and Program Manager for ULA. In this position, Brittany has technical and programmatic responsibility for National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) missions.

In her spare time, Brittany loves to travel anywhere with Disney in the name, play tennis, and read. She currently lives with her husband, Eric, in Parker, Colorado.

Commencement Information

The following college commencement information will prove helpful as the ceremony approaches. Please read it thoroughly. If you have any additional questions, please contact Carol Bernard via e-mail at carol.bernard@colostate.edu or phone at (970) 491-3358.

Notice of Participation

Graduating seniors, please be sure to meet with your adviser to finalize your degree program requirements.

During the week of commencement, you will be required to confirm the pronunciation of your name if your name is difficult to pronounce. Please stop by the Engineering Success Center in the Scott Bioengineering Building.

Note: The Graduate School, in a separate ceremony, honors master’s and doctoral graduates. For Graduate School information call (970) 491-6817 or see their website for further information.

Student Check-in and Line-up

Please be aware of the Clear Bag Policy and that metal detection will be enforced in Moby Arena.

  • Graduating Student Entrance:
    • The ONLY student entrance will be on the southeast side of the Intramural (IM) Gym.
    • See the student entrance map (PDF) here.
    • Guest entrance location is listed at bottom of this page. 
  • You will pick up your name card from your department coordinator.
  • Staff members and marshals will line up faculty and students for the processional march to the arena.
  • Check-in & Line-up: Intramural Gym
  • You must be checked in and lined up under your department sign no later than one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

Student Conduct

Please remember that this ceremony is a public event. For this reason we request that you honor the occasion by not adorning your regalia with additional decoration.

Your conduct and behavior during the ceremony reflect the dignity and importance of this event for all of us – you as an individual and the University as a whole. You are reminded that it is illegal to bring alcoholic beverages onto campus. Other inappropriate substances or objects will not be allowed anywhere in the facility and such items will be confiscated. Uniformed police officers and faculty marshals will be in attendance as you enter the assembly area and throughout the ceremony. In accordance with commencement policies, you may be requested to open robes, purses, etc. for inspection as you enter.

Prohibited items and University conduct guidelines can be found on the Event Conduct Guidelines page on the University Commencement website.

Regalia

Order your regalia in advance online via the links below. GradPack includes cap, gown, and tassel rental PLUS Alumni Association membership.

Graduates need to place their cap and gown orders
before Monday, April 1, 2019.

Students who are only interested in renting a cap, gown and tassel (no Alumni Association membership or benefits), please visit Jostens to place your order. 

DISTRIBUTION and Grad Fest

Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center

May 15 – 16, 2019
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Photo ID is required for pick up.

Regalia Returns

  • Regalia return will be immediately after the ceremony in the Intramural Gym, Moby C-Wing.
  • If you do not drop off your regalia in Moby C-Wing after the ceremony, it is your responsibility to return it to the Smith Alumni Center. Please note there may be a charge for late returns.
  • The tassel for undergraduates in the engineering discipline is orange and is yours to keep, along with your cap. Extra souvenir tassels are available for purchase.

FACULTY

Faculty orders are coordinated by each college office. Colleges or departments work directly with the supplier, Jostens, to place faculty orders by using the electronic order form.

Diploma Covers

Graduates receive a diploma cover at commencement. The actual diploma will be mailed to you six to eight weeks after commencement. For those unable to attend the ceremonies, diploma covers are available in the Registrar’s Office (at no charge). Diploma covers can be mailed by calling 491-7159; the postage cost is $5.00 per cover for U.S. mailings.

Guests & Event Information

Water Bottle and clear bag policies

Water bottle and clear bag policies will be in effect for Moby Arena ceremonies this spring. Disposable and crushable plastic bottles, empty and without a cap, are permissible.

Colorado State’s clear bag policy is for all events at Moby Arena, to enhance event security procedures, provide a safer environment for the public, and to expedite patron entry into Moby Arena.

Guests

Guests will be seated in Moby Arena beginning at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and will last approximately two hours.  Tickets are not needed for families and guests, nor are the number of invitees limited.

Please note: no concessions or water will be available for sale during the ceremony.
Guest entrance – Moby Arena (PDF)

PARKING

Free parking is available in some campus locations for commencement. Locations and additional information can be found on the Commencement and Commissionings Parking page, or obtained from Parking and Transportation Services at (970) 491-7041.

Hearing Impaired

Special seating will be available for individuals with hearing impairments. This seating is limited, so please do not plan for large groups to sit in this area. Sign language interpreters will be present at the ceremony.

Accessibility

Seating will be available for guests who need special assistance because of difficulty managing stairs or with wheelchairs. Signs will be taped to chairs for these persons and a few of their companions. This seating is available on a first-come, first served basis, and is limited, so please do not plan for large groups to sit in this area.

Guests in wheelchairs can be accommodated on both the north and south ends of the concourse level, with the best view of the ceremony on the west side. The best area to drop off guests in wheelchairs is at the north inclined ramp, which will leads to the concourse level. Please note: there are no elevators in this area.

Accommodations & Restaurants

Wondering where to stay while attending commencement or where you can make restaurant reservations? Please visit the Fort Collins Visitor Center website.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, call
(970) 491-SNOW for university updates pertaining to any closures or cancellations.

Photography

Photography will be provided by Grad Images. Graduates and their families can review and purchase photos directly from the photographer at their website, www.gradimages.com, after the event.

Questions

Contact Carol Bernard via e-mail at carol.bernard@colostate.edu or phone at
(970) 491-3358 if you have any questions.