Information for Undergraduates

Congratulations on your achievement!

This checklist serves as a reference to assist you through the commencement registration process. For questions concerning degree requirements, graduation applications and your eligibility to graduate, please contact the Registrar’s Office directly.

Graduation Preparation

  • Apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office
  • Review content and complete assignments on the Commencement Canvas site
  • Verify your diploma mailing address in Trailhead 
  • RSVP for the ceremony by November 1 and confirm name pronunciation by November 16: Register with Marching Order, our commencement event software. This software ensures that your name is pronounced correctly during the ceremony. They also produce a slide with optional content (photo and quote) for the virtual ceremony.
    1. Go to the Marching Order website
    2. Register as a NEW USER: click the “Please click here to register” link
    3. Enter your Mines email address, then click “Request Password”
    4. An email will be sent to you with step to create a password and access the site
  • Settle accounts with the Bursar’s Office
  • Update your email contact information in Trailhead in order to ensure you receive pertinent information.
  • Enjoy the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 16  at 9 a.m. in Lockridge Arena. You have earned it!

Additional Recommendations for Graduates

Awards and Honors

Each semester, outstanding graduating student awards are presented to select graduates by their degree-granting department. Additionally, graduates are eligible to apply for the Colorado Engineering Council Award and the Waltman Award. For more information on the Waltman and CEC Awards, please review FAQ “Awards” section on the Canvas site for more information.

Honor Cords

A baccalaureate student’s cumulative GPA at the time of graduation determines the honors he or she will receive. Final honors designations are determined once final grades have been awarded for the term of graduation. The final honors designation appears on the official transcript and is inscribed on the metal diploma. Honors designations will also appear on the parchment diploma.
Colorado School of Mines awards the designations of Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude upon graduation. The designations are based on the student’s cumulative GPA as follows:

  • 2.000-3.499 = No honors printed on diploma
  • 3.500-3.699 = Cum Laude (with honors)
  • 3.700-3.899 = Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
  • 3.900-4.000 = Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

Honor cords are available through the Mines Bookstore at no additional cost. Commencement ceremony awards (honor cord colors and honors listed in the program) are determined by the student’s cumulative academic record at the end of the preceding semester.

Honor cords are being shipped directly to graduates.

Please note that attendance at a commencement ceremony does not guarantee that your degree has been granted. All degree requirements must be met and verified before diplomas are printed.

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, December 16 at 9 a.m. – Lockridge Arena

Students line up in the Rec Gym at 8 a.m.
Doors open at 8 a.m.
Ceremony begins at 9 a.m.
Ceremony ends ~11 a.m.

Key dates

  • November 1
    Last day to RSVP for the ceremony through Marching Order
  • November 1 (or when RSVP submitted)
    Ceremony tickets available through Marching Order. RSVP must be submitted before you can access your tickets. Ticket allocation will be announced in October. Additional requests will be considered based on supply and demand.
  • November 11
    Last day to order cap and gown online through the Bookstore (expedited shipping only from Nov. 1-11, order before Nov. 1 for regular shipping or in-person pick up options)
  • November 16
    Last day to enter name pronunciation through Marching Order
  • November 18
    Last day to claim allocated ceremony tickets before they will be distributed to those on the waitlist.
  • November 29
    Last day to submit content for your ceremony slide through Marching Order and wait list ticket requests will be evaluated by this date.
  • December 16
    Commencement Day (line up at 8 a.m., in the SRC Rec Gym, 2nd floor)