Fall (December) Commencement 2019

Approved for Graduation?


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

You can check the status of your application on WebOPUS:

  • Log in to WebOPUS
  • Click "Student Services"
  • Click "Student Records"
  • Click "Advising Information"
    • Select the term during which you are intending to graduate
    • Your status will be listed under "Status of Application to Graduate"

Friends and Family

Check the official Approved for December 2019 Graduation List. If your student is on the list (last updated November 12), they have been approved to participate in the December commencement ceremony. 

What's the difference between graduation and Commencement?


At FLC, you have not officially "graduated" until the Registrar confirms that you have completed all of your degree requirements and the College awards your degree. This process is not generally complete until about 6 weeks after the semester has ended.


Commencement is the ceremony where we celebrate students who are graduating. Graduating students invite their friends and families, wear their caps and gowns, walk across the stage, shake hands with the College president, and celebrate. Participating in Commencement is sometimes called "walking", which refers to tradition of walking across the stage to be recognized for your achievement.  

“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. 

Countdown to Graduation

Countdown to Graduation is a one-stop-shop event where all students who have been approved for graduation can take care of many pre-graduation tasks, like picking up their caps and gowns, clearing any remaining holds that they have on their accounts, and much more. It's also a chance to celebrate your achievement and see friends.


Thursday, November 21, 2019


Come by any time between 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Ballroom, top floor, 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.


Commencement Ceremony - Friday, December 20, 2019


Commencement will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin on time, so please be prompt! Please no balloons or confetti inside Whalen Gymnasium. 


Whalen Gymnasium on the Fort Lewis College campus (1000 Rim Drive | Durango, CO 81301)


You do not need tickets for the ceremony. 

Important Note

Commencement is ceremonial only. Graduation is the actual completion of all degree requirements.

Live Stream and Viewing on Demand After the Ceremony

The commencement ceremony will stream live on the Fort Lewis College Facebook page. It will also be available for viewing on demand after the ceremony. Join the conversation on social media by using #FLCclassof2019.

Accessibility Parking, Seating, and Interpretive Services


The Art Department lot is reserved for ADA parking (map) during Commencement. 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., West Campus (near the Student Life Center), and East Campus Court. 

Staff will be available to transport those needing assistance back to their vehicles after the ceremony. 


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

Interpretive Services

An American Sign Language interpreter will be located in the left side of the stage. 

General Parking for Commencement Ceremony

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.

Robing and Line-Up

Robing and line-up is where you will pick up your reader cards (the card with your name on it that you will give to the person reading names as you walk across the stage) and Latin Honors medallions (if eligible). It is also where all you will line up with all the other graduates for the processional into Whalen. 

Who needs to be there?

All graduates must attend Robing and Line-Up. 


Friday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. (one hour before the ceremony begins). Please be prompt; the ceremony will begin on time. 


In the Student Life Center (follow the signs). 

Important Notes

The processional is outside where there could be rain, snow, ice, and/or very low temperatures, so keep that in mind when choosing your clothes and shoes. Leave your valuables in your car or with friends or family; there will not be a secure place for you to leave things in the Student Life Center. 

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.

Child Care

Campbell Child & Family Center is offering free child care for children up to 8 years of age during the Friday, December 20 commencement ceremony. Caregivers are available from 1:30 - 5:30.

  • Families must sign up in advance by emailing Director Peggy Ferguson. (Send an email using this link.)
  • For additional information, please call 970-247-7679.


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.


The Registrar’s Office will determine whether each student has fulfilled their degree requirements once final grades have been submitted and processed for the Fall 2019 semester. 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 account). If you have not completed all of your degree requirements, you will be notified by email.


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

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.

Caps and Gowns

Pick-Up Options

  • FLC Bookstore (the Skystore) located on the ground floor of the Student Union, Room 060. (Hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.)
  • Countdown to Graduation – Tuesday, November 21stop by anytime between 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
  • The day of Commencement at the Whalen Gym kiosk. 


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. 


Latin Honors

Latin Honors medallions for Summa, Magna, and Cum Laude will be available for pick-up at Robing (prior to the ceremony). Only undergraduate students are eligible for Latin Honors. 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

Who is eligible to wear the International Sash at Commencement? 

All international students and all students who studied abroad during their time at Fort Lewis College are eligible to wear an International Sash. No one is obligated to wear a sash.

Where can students get their International sash?

Sashes can be ordered at the Skystore. The cost is $40 for one country and $10 for each additional country. Orders must be placed by TBD. 


Contact the International Programs Office with any questions.


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.


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.


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.

Contact GradImages

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 Skyhawk Station 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 November 22, 2019.

Spring (May) Commencement 2020

General Information

There will be three Spring (May) Commencement ceremonies. Each graduate is placed in one of the three ceremonies based on their first major. Students with two majors can attend the ceremony that corresponds with either their first or second major (not both). Double-major students who would like to participate in the ceremony that corresponds with their second major instead of their first major must notify the Registrar (rodriguez_t@fortlewis.edu) by the last business day in March. Please see below for a list of majors participating in each ceremony and details about when and where the ceremonies will be held. 

Guests don't need tickets to attend any of the three ceremonies. 

1st Ceremony (Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m.)


Friday, May 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:00 p.m.)


Whalen Gymnasium on the Fort Lewis College Campus (1000 Rim Dr. | Durango, CO 81301)

Majors Participating in the 1st Ceremony

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Business Administration
  • Communication Design 
  • Criminology & Justice Studies
  • 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, May 2 at 10:00 a.m.)


Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)


Whalen Gymnasium on the Fort Lewis College Campus (1000 Rim Dr. | Durango, CO 81301)

Majors Participating in the 2nd Ceremony

  • Adventure Education 
  • Anthropology 
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education Studies
  • Elementary Education 
  • Environmental Studies 
  • History
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance 
  • Native American & Indigenous Studies 
  • Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure 
  • Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leadership

3rd Ceremony (Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m.)


Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (doors open at noon.)


Whalen Gymnasium on the Fort Lewis College Campus (1000 Rim Dr. | Durango, CO 81301)

Majors Participating in the 3rd Ceremony

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise & Health Promotion
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Science 
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Geology 
  • Mathematics
  • Physics 
  • Public Health
  • Sport Administration