Registrar's Office - Ceremony Information

graduates with diplomas jumping in air

Winter (December) Commencement 2018

Live Stream and Viewing on Demand After the Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony will be live streamed on the Fort Lewis College Facebook page (, where it will be available for viewing on demand afterwards. Join the conversation on social media by using #FLCclassof2018.

Commencement Ceremony - Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Please be prompt, the Ceremony will begin on time!

Whalen Gymnasium, Fort Lewis College Campus
1000 Rim Drive  Durango, CO  81301

You do not need tickets for the ceremony. Doors will open 9:00 A.M.

Note: Commencement is ceremonial only. Graduation is the actual completion of all Degree Requirements.

Approved for Graduation

Students, before your family and friends make plans to attend, please ensure you have been officially approved for graduation and therefore, eligible to participate in our commencement ceremony.

  • For Friends and Family:
    Check our official Approved Graduation List.
  • For Students: 
    Check your status by going to the Advising Information page under “Student Records” in WebOPUS. Your status should be Application ApprovedThis status means your Application has been reviewed and approved. You are eligible to participate in the ceremony for the date displayed if you have not already participated in a prior ceremony!

Accessibilty Parking, Seating and Interpretive Services

There will be people monitoring parking lots near Whalen Gym in golf carts to assist the elderly and those with mobility disabilities to the gym. For your convenience, there will be shuttle points at the south end of Skyhawk Ave., W. Campus (near the Student Life Center), and E. Campus Court. After the ceremony, these parties may look for a golf cart to get a ride back to those areas or to their vehicles.

The Art Department lot is reserved for ADA parking.

Here is a map for your convenience.

There will be a special section in the Whalen Gym designated for persons with mobility disabilities and their guests. Please see ushers for assistance.

Interpretive Services
A sign language interpreter will be provided for Deaf and Hard-of Hearing students and

Countdown to Graduation

Day: Thursday, November 29
Time: Drop-in 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ballroom, top floor, Student Union Building
Why should I go: pick-up cap and gown, confirm your name for the graduation program & mailing address for diploma, ask questions to these offices: Career Services, Bookstore, Student Billing, Skystore, Alumni Engagement, Information Technology, Registrar's Office
PICK-UP YOUR ALUMNI MUG! Enter to win a diploma frame!
Click here for more information!

Robing and Line-Up

ROBING & LINE-UP – 9:00 A.M. – TBD

  • Please pick up Reader Cards and Institutional Latin Honors Medallions (if eligible)
  • Get lined-up by Commencement Staff
  • You will be taken outside about 20 minutes prior to the ceremony to form a gauntlet for the faculty to walk through

Please dress warmly and wear appropriate shoes for inclement weather       

Caps and Gowns


You may pick up your cap and gown at the following places and times:

  • FLC Bookstore located on the ground floor of the Student Union, room 060. (Bookstore hours are 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday.) Pick-up December 12-14.
  • Countdown to Graduation – Thursday, November 29 stop by anytime between 11:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. in the Ballroom.
  • The day of Commencement at the Whalen Gym kiosk. The Bookstore will be closed on Saturday for Commencement.

Note: You do not need to order your cap and gown.

The FLC Bookstore will take care of ordering and sizing. You also do not need to be measured; the sizing is generic according to height.  The gown color for all FLC graduations is black. 

Child Care

Campbell Child & Family Center is offering free child-care (up to 8 yrs in age) during the commencement ceremony. Caregivers are available from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Families can sign up by emailing Director Peggy Ferguson. Send a message.
Or, call 970-247-7679 for additional information.

We do not provide food due to any unknown allergies, so depending on the length of time you wish to have your children in care, you will need to provide snacks/lunch for them. We ask that you not bring your child if they are ill and be willing to pick them up immediately if they become ill. Please, bring diapers (if needed) and comfort toy for rest/relaxation.  

Post-Graduation Reception

Post-Graduation Reception

A post-graduation reception will be held immediately following the ceremony.  Cake and punch will be served.  All are welcome, free of charge.  This reception is sponsored by the President’s Office.



The Registrar’s Office will determine whether Degree requirements have been met after final grades are submitted and processed for the Fall 2018 semester. If you have completed degree requirements, your final transcript and diploma will be mailed 7-8 weeks AFTER Commencement (unless you have holds on your record).

If you have not completed all of your requirements, you will be notified by letter and/or email.


Note: Commencement is ceremonial only. Graduation is completion of all Degree Requirements.


Latin Honors:
Latin Honors Medallions for Summa, Magna or Cum Laude will be given to students during the Robing time. You must have earned 60 Institutional credits at Fort Lewis College to be eligible for Latin Honors. Latin Honors are not awarded upon receipt of a second bachelor’s degree.
Grade point averages required for Latin Honors:

  • Cum Laude: Grade Point Average of 3.60 to 3.74
  • Magna Cum Laude: Grade Point Average of 3.75 to 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude: Grade Point Average of 3.90 to 4.00

Honors Cords:
Departmental Honor Cords (i.e. English, Business, Education, etc.) should be acquired at the respective departments the week prior to Commencement.

Study Abroad Students

International sash - There is no obligation for you to wear a sash if you are not interested. Sashes cost $40 for one country and add $10 for each extra country. Order at the Skystore (Bookstore) by November 23, 2018. Contact the International Programs Office with any questions.

Announcements and Class Rings

Graduation Announcements can be ordered through:

Information on class rings is available at the Skystore (Bookstore).


GradImages™ will be located at the stage area photographing each student as they walk across the stage.

  • Students - please make sure you hand the colored reader card to the usher for accurate records of your proofs.
  • Parents -there will be a photo opportunity area in the lobby of the Student Life Center during the post-graduation reception where you may take photographs of your graduates.
  • GradImages™ can be reached at 1-800-261-2576 or


Privacy Restrictions

If you currently have a confidentiality or privacy restriction on your record, your name will NOT appear in the final graduation program, nor will FLC staff be able to acknowledge your attendance at FLC – this means we will not confirm your attendance with anyone for any reason, including FUTURE EMPLOYERS!  If you wish to allow us to release your information, you must visit the Registrar’s Office with a photo ID to lift your privacy restriction. The deadline to do this is Friday, November 16, 2018!

General Parking

Here is a map for your convenience.

All lots will be open for parking except the Art lot is reserved for ADA parking.

What is the difference between "graduating" and "walking" (or participating")?

A student graduates from Fort Lewis College when he or she completes his or her graduation requirements and is awarded a degree. “Walking” or “participating” in commencement is ceremonial only and does NOT guarantee a degree has been earned.