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. 

Tina M. LarsonSpeaker

Tina M. Larson
Senior Vice President of Technical Operations

Tina M. Larson is senior vice president of technical operations at Achaogen, a biopharmaceutical company committed to the treatment of multi-drug resistant infections. Prior to Achaogen, Tina spent 20 years at Genentech and Roche in development and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals for unmet medical needs. 

She has held local and global leadership roles, spanning technical development, manufacturing, engineering, supply chain, quality assurance and business operations. The medicines she has contributed to target a spectrum of serious illness including cancer, heart attack, stroke, cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and drug-resistant bacterial infections. Tina was recognized nationally in 2012 by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) as a Rising Star.

Tina has been a proud alumna of Colorado State University since she graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in chemical engineering, and she currently serves on the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board.

Tina enjoys spending time with her husband Tobias, another CSU alum, and their daughter Kendra. She is also slowly writing a book and is known to contribute an occasional blog to HuffPost.

Time & Date:

Friday, May 11, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Moby Arena

Live Webcast available during event

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!

Water Bottle and clear bag policies

Water bottle and clear bag policies will be in effect for Moby Arena ceremonies this spring. Only sealed plastic bottles will be permitted, metal or other types of water bottles will not be allowed.

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. 

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 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.

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

  • 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 Moby Arena.
  • Check-in & Line-up:  Intramural Gym – Moby Complex
  • 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.


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

The deadline for ordering student regalia is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

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. 


Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center

May 9–11 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Photo ID is required for pick up.

Regalia Returns

All returns will take place immediately after the ceremony at the locations listed below. Please note that there may be a charge for late returns.

  • Moby Arena C-wing
  • Lory Student Center information desk
  • Smith Alumni Center


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


The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.  Tickets are not needed for families and guests, nor are the number of invitees limited.


Special seating will be available for guests in wheelchairs. Those with limited mobility should arrive early to obtain reserved seating. Wheelchairs are not available on site. This seating is limited, so please do not plan for large groups to sit in this area.

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.

FREE PARKING in the Moby Arena Lot all day

Additional information regarding parking can be found on the Commencement and Commissionings Parking page, or obtained from Parking and Transportation Services at (970) 491-7041.


Photography will be provided by Grad Images. Graduates and their families can purchase photos directly from the photographer at their website

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.


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