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.

For the latest updates on 2020 Commencement:

Please visit the University Commencement page at

At Colorado State University, our priority is the health and well-being of our students and their families, our faculty and staff, and our entire CSU community. CSU is closely monitoring and following COVID-19 guidance as outlined by public health experts.

After much consideration, we have made the very difficult but necessary decision to postpone the Spring 2020 ceremonies. Recognizing the important milestone of being a part of the formal commencement ceremony, the spring and summer graduates will be invited to walk alongside fellow Rams during the Fall 2020 ceremonies.

With the decision to unite both May and December ceremonies, we anticipate releasing an updated Fall 2020 schedule as we are able.

Special note for Spring 2020 graduates:

Your @rams e-mail will remain active after the semester ends. Please continue to check it for information on commencement and other campus announcements.

Moby Arena, CSU Photography

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7:30 p.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!

Commencement Speaker: Kevin Petty

Dr. Kevin Petty, Director of Science and Forecasting and Head of Public-Private Partnerships for The Weather Company
Dr. Kevin Petty, Director of Science and Forecasting and Head of Public-Private Partnerships for The Weather Company

Dr. Kevin Petty is the Director of Science and Forecasting and Head of Public-Private Partnerships for The Weather Company, an IBM Business delivering weather and climate services globally. He oversees research and development for weather solutions and is responsible for forecasting operations, including a global team of meteorologists across IBM’s Watson Media and Weather organization. Petty also manages the company’s relationships with members of the national and global weather enterprise that includes government agencies, academia, and other private-sector providers.

Before joining IBM, he served as the Chief Science Officer for Vaisala. Prior to the CSO role, he also held roles as Head of Technology Research and of U.S. Products and Technology, as well as Offering Manager for surface transportation. Petty has also worked as a Project Scientist and Scientific Program Manager with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and as an accident investigator and Senior Meteorologist for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Petty graduated with a Ph.D. (1997) and M.S. (1994) in Atmospheric Sciences from Ohio State University and a B.S. (1989) in Mathematics from Illinois College.


Please note:
For questions regarding regalia orders and upcoming ceremonies,
please visit

Order your cap, gown, and tassel in advance online via the
commencement homepage and click Get Your Cap & Gown.

The deadline for ordering student regalia is Monday, March 30, 2020.

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. 

Regalia will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center.


Regalia distribution at Grad Fest,  May 13 – 15
Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Photo ID is required for pick up.

Regalia Returns

  • Return locations, immediately following the commencement ceremonies. will be announced in fall 2020.
  • Rental returns are in the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center all days of commencement.
  • If you do not drop off your regalia 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 deadline to order faculty regalia is the same as for students, and will be posted when available.
  • Faculty orders are coordinated by each college office.
  • Colleges or departments work directly with the supplier, Jostens, to place faculty orders.
  • We can accommodate on-site rentals after the deadline.

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.

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.

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

  • Line-up information will be available in fall 2020.
  • You must be checked in and lined up behind your department sign no later than one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • 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, time and location to be determined.

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. Intoxicated candidates will NOT be allowed to participate in commencement.

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.

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.


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.

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.


Guests will be seated beginning at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7:30 p.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.


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

Inclement Weather

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

Accommodations & Restaurants

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


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