Registrar's Office - Ceremony Information

graduates with diplomas jumping in air
Spring Commencement 2019

Live Stream & Viewing on Demand After the Ceremony

The commencement ceremony will stream live on the Fort Lewis College Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fortlewis). It will also be available for viewing on demand afterward the ceremony. Join the conversation on social media by using #FLCclassof2019.

Commencement Ceremonies:

All three ceremonies will be held in Whalen Gymnasium on the Fort Lewis College campus (1000 Rim Drive | Durango, CO 81301). Please refer to the chart below for information regarding graduates' ceremony assignments.

You do not need tickets for the ceremonies. Doors will open one hour before the ceremony start times. 

1st Ceremony (Friday, April 26, 2019): Doors open at 2:00 p.m. & Commencement is at 3:00 p.m.

2nd Ceremony (Saturday, April 27, 2019): Doors open at 9:00 a.m. & Commencement is at 10:00 a.m.

3rd Ceremony (Saturday, April 27, 2019): Doors open at 12:00 p.m. & Commencement is at 1:00 p.m.

1st Ceremony

Friday, April 26, 2019
3:00 p.m. Ceremony

(2:00 p.m. Robing)

Accounting

Art

Business Administration

Communication Design

Economics

English

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Gender & Women's Studies

Journalism & Multimedia Studies

Liberal Studies

Marketing

Philosophy

Political Science

Sociology

Sociology & Human Services

Spanish

Studio Art

Theatre

Writing

2nd Ceremony

Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. Ceremony

(9:00 a.m. Robing)

Adventure Education

Anthropology

Early Childhood Education

Education Studies

Elementary Education

Environmental Studies

History

Music

Music Education

Music Performance

Native American & Indigenous Studies

Public Health

Psychology

Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure

Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leadership

3rd Ceremony

Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:00 p.m. Ceremony
(12:00 p.m. Robing)

Biology

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Engineering

Environmental Science

Exercise & Health Promotion

Exercise Physiology

Exercise Science

Exercise Specialist

Geology

Mathematics

Physics

Sports Administration

Any students with concerns pertaining to ceremonies should contact the Registrar, Theresa Rodriguez, by email (rodriguez_t@fortlewis.edu).  

Approved for Graduation?

Students: Please ensure you have been officially approved for graduation before your family and friends make plans to attend. You are only eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony if you have officially been approved for graduation.

  • You can check the status of your application by going to the "Advising Information" page under “Student Records” in WebOPUS. A status of Application Approved means that your application has been reviewed and approved, and you are eligible to participate in Spring Commencement! Your ceremony assignment will be indicated there as well. If you have already participated in a prior ceremony, you are not eligible to do so again.

Friends and Family: Our official Approved Graduation List will be available for you reference on February 28, 2019.

Accessibility Parking, Seating & Interpretive Services

Parking
The Art Department lot is reserved for ADA parking (map) during the commencement ceremonies. Staff will be monitoring the parking lots near Whalen Gym in golf carts to assist those with mobility issues. There will also be shuttle points at the south end of Skyhawk Ave., W. Campus (near the Student Life Center), and E. Campus Court. 

Staff will be available to transport those needing assistance back to their vehicles after each of the ceremonies.

Seating
There will be a seating section in Whalen Gym reserved for those with mobility issues and their guests. Please see ushers for assistance.

Interpretive Services
An American Sign Language interpreter will be located on the left side of the stage. 

Countdown to Graduation

Date: Thursday, April 4th
Time: Come by any time between 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
Location: Ballroom (upstairs) in the Student Union Building

Why should you go? Pick-up your cap and gown, confirm your name for the graduation program and your mailing address for your diploma, and ask questions! Representatives from the following offices will be available to assist you and answer your questions: Career Services, Skystore (bookstore), Reed Library, Financial Aid, Student Billing, Alumni Engagement, Information Technology, and the Registrar's Office.

 

Robing and Line-up

Line-Up will be held at the Student Life Center (see times below)

  • Step 1: Please pick up reader cards and Latin Honors medallions (if eligible)
  • Step 2: Line up! (You will be assisted by Commencement staff.)

Please be prompt; the ceremonies will begin on time!

1st Ceremony (Friday, April 26, 2019)

  • Robing and Line-Up: 2:00 p.m.
  • Commencement: 3:00 p.m.

2nd Ceremony (Saturday, April 27, 2019)

  • Robing and Line-Up: 9:00 a.m.
  • Commencement: 10:00 a.m.

3rd Ceremony (Saturday, April 27, 2019)

  • Robing and Line-Up: 12:00 p.m.
  • Commencement: 1:00 p.m.

1st Ceremony

Friday, April 26, 2019
3:00 p.m. Ceremony

(2:00 p.m. Robing)

Accounting

Art

Business Administration

Communication Design

Economics

English

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Gender & Women's Studies

Journalism & Multimedia Studies

Liberal Studies

Marketing

Philosophy

Political Science

Sociology

Sociology & Human Services

Spanish

Studio Art

Theatre

Writing

2nd Ceremony

Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. Ceremony

(9:00 a.m. Robing)

Adventure Education

Anthropology

Early Childhood Education

Education Studies

Elementary Education

Environmental Studies

History

Music

Music Education

Music Performance

Native American & Indigenous Studies

Public Health

Psychology

Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure

Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leadership

3rd Ceremony

Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:00 p.m. Ceremony
(12:00 p.m. Robing)

Biology

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Engineering

Environmental Science

Exercise & Health Promotion

Exercise Physiology

Exercise Science

Exercise Specialist

Geology

Mathematics

Physics

Sports Administration

Any students with concerns related to ceremonies should contact the Registrar, Theresa Rodriguez by email (rodriguez_t@fortlewis.edu). 

Caps and Gowns

Caps and Gowns will be available for pick-up at the following dates/times and locations:

  • Countdown to Graduation: Thursday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom (top floor)
  • The Skystore (ground floor of the Student Union): From April 22 - 27, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
  • Commencement: Friday, April 26 and Saturday April 27 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, which is generic according to height. The FLC graduation gowns are black.  

Child Care

Friday, April 26, 2019 - The College is not able to provide child care services for the Friday, April 26 ceremony. Students participating in the Friday ceremony who have child care needs should contact the Registrar, Theresa Rodriguez, by email (rodriguez_t@fortlewis.edu). 

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - Campbell Child & Family Center is offering free child care for children up to 8 years of age during the Saturday, April 27 commencement ceremonies. Caregivers are available from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

NOTE: The Campbell Child & Family Center will not provide food due to any unknown allergies. As such, 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 that you 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

The President's Office will be hosting a reception immediately following each of the three ceremonies. All are welcome, free of charge. There will be cake and punch.

Diplomas

The Registrar’s Office will determine whether each student has fulfilled their degree requirements once final grades have been submitted and processed for the Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 semesters. If you have completed your degree requirements, your final transcript and diploma will be mailed to you eight weeks AFTER Commencement (unless you have holds on your record).

If you have not completed all of your degree requirements, you will be notified by email.

Note: Commencement is ceremonial; participation does not imply that you have graduated. Graduation is the final and successful completion of all degree requirements.

Honors

Latin Honors:
Latin Honors medallions for Summa, Magna, and Cum Laude will be available for pick-up at Robing (prior to the ceremony). Students must have earned 60 institutional credits (credits earned at Fort Lewis College) to be eligible for Latin Honors. Those earning their second bachelor's degree are not eligible for Latin Honors.
Grade point averages required for Latin Honors are as follows:

  • 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.) need to be collected from the awarding departments during the week prior to Commencement. 

Study Abroad and International Students - International Sash

International Sash 

Who is eligible to wear the International sash at Commencement? 

  • Any student who studied abroad during their time at Fort Lewis.
  • International students.

Where can students get their International sash?

  • There is no obligation for you to wear a sash. If you do want to wear one, sashes can be ordered through the Skystore. The cost is $40 for one country and $10 for each additional country. Orders must be placed by March 29th. 

Contact the International Programs Office with any questions.

 

 

 

Announcements and Class Rings

Students can order graduation announcements from either Jostens or Signature Announcements (see contact information below). 

Information on class rings is available at the Skystore (Bookstore), located on the ground floor of the Student Union.

Photographs

GradImages will be photographing each student as they walk across the stage at Commencement. The photographs they take will be available for purchase in the weeks after the ceremony. Graduates can expect an email from GradImages with details after graduation.

  • Students - Please make sure you hand the colored reader card, given to you at robing and line-up, to the usher so the photographer has accurate records for their proofs.
  • Parents - You will have the opportunity to take pictures with your graduates at a designated photo area in the lobby of the Student Life Center during the post-graduation reception.

GradImages can be reached at 1-800-261-2576 or www.gradimages.com.

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 permitted to acknowledge your attendance at FLC. This can impact our ability to confirm your attendance or degree for future employers. For more information regarding confidentiality restrictions and how we navigate these restrictions after graduation, please contact the Registrar's Office at 970-247-7350. If you wish to remove your confidentiality restriction, you must visit the Registrar’s Office with a photo ID. If you would like you name to appear in the Commencement program, you will need to remove your confidentiality restriction no later than Friday, March 29, 2019!

General Parking

All parking lots will be open for graduation parking. Please note that the Art lot will be reserved for ADA parking. 

Here is a campus map for your convenience.

 

What is the difference between “graduating” and “walking” (participating in Commencement)?

“Walking”-- participating in Commencement -- is strictly ceremonial, and does NOT guarantee that a degree will be awarded. A student becomes a graduate only once they have successfully completed the requirements of their degree program and their degree is conferred by the Registrar's Office. 

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.