Registrar's Office - Ceremony Information

graduates with diplomas jumping in air
Spring Commencement 2018

Live Stream & 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 Ceremonies: Saturday, April 28th, 2018

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

You do not need tickets for the ceremonies. Doors will open one hour before the ceremony start time. Once Whalen Gymnasium is full, guests will be directed to a telecast viewing area in the Student Life Center.

1st Ceremony: Doors open at 7:30 A.M & Commencement is at 8:30 A.M.

2nd Ceremony: Doors open at 10:30 A.M. & Commencement is at 11:30 A.M.

COMMENCEMENT - 8:30 A.M. & 11:30 A.M.

8:30 A.M. Ceremony

11:30 A.M. Ceremony

Accounting  Adventure Education
Art Anthropology
Business Administration Athletic Training
Communication Design Biochemistry
Economics Biology
Liberal Studies Chemistry
Marketing Early Childhood Education
Music Educational Studies
Music Performance Elementary Education
Native American & Indigenous Studies Engineering
Philosophy English
Political Science Environmental Studies
Psychology Exercise Physiology
Sociology Exercise Science
Sociology and Human Services Exercise Specialist
Spanish Gender and Women's Studies
Studio Art Geology
Theatre History
  Journalism and Multimedia Studies
  Public Health 
  Sport Administration
  Student Constructed Major

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!

Accessibility Parking, Seating & Interpretive Services

There will be people monitoring all lots 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 . Someone will be along shortly to pick up your party.  After each 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 during both ceremonies.

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 guests (LEFT SIDE OF STAGE).

Countdown to Graduation

Day: Thursday, April 12th
Time: Drop-in 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 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, Financial Aid, Student Billing, Skystore, Alumni Engagement, Information Technology, Registrar's Office
Click here for more information!

Mandatory Rehearsal

Day: Friday, April 27th
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Where: Whalen Gymnasium
Why should I go: It's mandatory for graduating seniors who plan to walk. You get important information about the ceremony for your and your guests.


Robing and Line-up

7:30 A.M. & 10:30 A.M. – Student Life Center

  • Please pick up Reader Cards and Institutional Latin Honors Medallions (if eligible)
  • Get lined-up by Commencement Staff

8:15 A.M. – 1st Ceremony lines will be lined up & moved toward the Clock Tower in alpha order according to major.
11:15 A.M. – 2nd Ceremony lines will be lined up & moved toward the Clock Tower in alpha order according to major.

You will be forming a gauntlet for the faculty to walk through.

Please be prompt, the Ceremonies will begin on time!

8:30 A.M. Ceremony

(7:30 A.M. Robing)

11:30 A.M. Ceremony

(10:30 A.M. Robing)

Accounting  Adventure Education
Art Anthropology
Business Administration Athletic Training
Communication Design Biochemistry
Economics Biology
Marketing Chemistry
Music Eary Childhood Education
Music Performance Educational Studies
Native American & Indigenous Studies Elementary Education
Philosophy Engineering
Political Science English
Psychology Environmental Studies
Sociology Exercise Science
Sociology and Human Services Exercise Specialist
Spanish Gender and Women's Studies
Studio Art Geology
Theatre History
  Journalism and Multimedia Studies
  Public Health 
  Sports Administration
  Student Constructed Major

Caps and Gowns

PICK-UP IS FROM APRIL 23 - 27, & APRIL 12, 2018
You may pick up your cap and gown at the following places and times:

  • Countdown to Graduation, Thursday, April 12th from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Ballroom (top floor, Student Union)
  • The Skystore (Bookstore) located on the ground floor of the Student Union, room 060. (Bookstore hours are 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday - Friday.)
  • The Skystore (Bookstore) kiosk in the Whalen Gym the day of mandatory rehearsal, Friday, April 27th at 1:30 P.M.
  • The day of Commencement (Sat. April 28th) at the Whalen Gym kiosk.

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

Traditional Dress – Fort Lewis College requires that all students wear an academic robe as a sign of respect to the college as well as to uphold the tradition of Commencement. Traditional attire showing cultural ties, blended with the academic robe can display your respect for both traditions. If you wear your traditional attire, please fold the graduation gown over your arm as you walk to your seat. You will need to put it on over your traditional attire before you have your photo taken by the photographer and cross the stage. If you want to use a traditional blanket with your academic gown, you must carry the blanket over your arm.

Child Care

Campbell Child & Family Center is offering free child-care (up to 8 yrs in age) during the commencement ceremonies. Professional caregivers are avaliable from 7:45 A.M. to 1:30 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.  Please, bring diapers (if needed) and comfort toy for rest/relaxation.

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 Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 Semesters. 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 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 March 31, 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, March 30, 2018!

General Parking

Here is a map for your convenience.

Lots indicated in yellow are open during both ceremonies (West, South Rim, EBH, Stadium, CSWS, Concert Hall and 8th Avenue lots). The Art lot (highlighted in blue) is reserved for ADA parking. Skyhawk lot (highlighted in pink on the map) is only open during the second ceremony.

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.

Summer Graduates: Frequently Asked Questions

When do summer graduates graduate?

If you are completing your graduation requirements during the summer semester, your degree will be conferred in August. 

When do summer graduates “walk” or “participate” in commencement?

Because Fort Lewis College does not host a summer graduation ceremony, all summer graduates are welcome to participate in Spring Commencement which is ceremonial only. 

How do I let the Registrar’s Office know I want to participate in Spring Commencement if I’m graduating in the summer?

Summer graduates are automatically included in the Spring Commencement ceremony. At the beginning of your last semester of attendance, when you apply to graduate, you can verify your graduation date as “summer” with the Registrar’s Office.