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. 

Commencement Speaker: Keith Meyer

Keith Meyer

Keith is a Colorado native and has lived in the Fort Collins area for over 29 years.  He is a proud graduate of the civil engineering program at Colorado State University, and has over 25 years of engineering and management experience working in both the public and private sectors.  For the past 13 years, he has owned Ditesco, a Fort Collins based engineering, program, project, and construction management services firm.  

Keith has managed well over $400 million in capital improvements throughout Colorado.  His work includes water and wastewater treatment, complex utility infrastructure, transportation, commercial buildings, and dams.  Notable projects on Keith’s resume include the MAX Bus Rapid Transit System, the new Larimer Humane Society Campus, the Shields/Elizabeth Underpass and CSU’s International Campus in Todos Santos, Mexico.

Keith is a life member of the CSU Alumni Association, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Water Environment Federation, Construction Management Association of America, and American Water Works Association.  In 2017, he was awarded the “Civil Engineering Entrepreneur of the Year” award by ASCE.

Keith, his wife Colleen, also a CSU graduate, and their teenage daughter enjoy attending Ram athletic events, traveling, and supporting a variety of northern Colorado non-profit organizations.

Time & Date:

Saturday,
December 15, 2018, 4 p.m.

Lory Student Center,
Grand Ballroom

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 socialmedia@colostate.edu!

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.

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 the Grand Ballroom.
  • Check-in & Line-up:  North Ballroom
  • You must be checked in and lined up under your department sign no later than 30 minutes 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
between September 4, 2018 and October 29, 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. 

DISTRIBUTION

Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center

December 13–14
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Photo ID is required for pick up.

Regalia Returns

  • Returns in the Smith Alumni Center are available during all commencement days.
  • Returns at the Lory Student Center Information Desk or Moby C-Wing (Intramural Gym) occur immediately following the commencement ceremonies.

Please note that there may be a charge for late returns.

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

Guests

The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour.  Tickets are not needed for families and guests, nor are the number of invitees limited.

Accessibility

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.

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.

Photography

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

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.

Questions

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