"Together we will get through these current events, and you all have bright careers ahead of you. You are now engineers and scientists, our newest CSU alumni, and your degree gives you the skills to be resilient and innovative. We are very proud of your accomplishments."
Dean David McLean at Fall 2019 Commencement, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
David McLean
Dean, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

For the latest updates on 2020 Commencement events:

Please visit the University Commencement page at

Commencement 2018 diploma cover close-up

Fall 2020 information

Ceremonial walk across the Oval

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 starting at 2:00 p.m.

We are looking forward to many of you joining us on the Oval as we host a Ceremonial Walk to commemorate your successes.

This Ceremonial Walk is an occasion for all graduates of the 2020 class to come together and celebrate their accomplishments with fellow graduates prior to heading home for Fall Break. Please remember that this event is contingent upon current CSU and Larimer County public health conditions and guidelines.

CSU ID required

Please bring your student ID to the ceremonial walk or know your student ID number as it will be required to check in.

Guests will not be permitted

We ask that you reiterate to your loved ones that guests will not be permitted to join graduates in person. It could jeopardize the event from taking place should guests attempt to attend in person.

Livestreamed and recorded

The event will be both live streamed and recorded so family and friends can virtually participate in this experience.

Health guidelines

Based on current CSU and Larimer County public health conditions and guidelines, we will be vigilant with mask wearing and social distancing..


Photographers will be on site to take pictures as you receive your diploma cover. A formal graduation photo opportunity will also be offered.


Regalia is encouraged, but not required. While the deadline to order from Jostens has passed in order to ensure your regalia arrives in time for the walk, Jostens ordering is still open if you are looking to purchase regalia for your personal celebrations.

Proper attire

As part of the CSU ceremonial dress code, students are asked to wear proper attire including shoes, shirts and bottoms at all times. Appropriate dress for the CSU ceremonial walk can be found on the commencement website.


This event will run rain or shine.


Contact Carol Bernard via e-mail at if you have any questions.

Video and slideshow

Graduates will receive an email invitation from CSU’s photography partner GradImages in the coming weeks to complete a personalized graduation slide.

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  • Graduates will have until November 27 to upload an appropriate graduation photo to their slide.
  • If graduates elect not to upload a picture, they will still be celebrated with a slide within the college video.
  • These slides will accompany our full video celebration packages, scheduled to be released on December 18. 
Graduates in Biomedical Engineering before the Engineering 2017 Fall Commencement at Colorado State University, December 16, 2017

All 2020 graduates are welcomed to return to participate in any future formal commencement ceremony with their college once those resume.