Commencement Ceremony

Arapahoe Community College’s 2018-2019
Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Magness Arena, Ritchie Center at

University of Denver, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Denver, CO 80210

Commencement Day Details

Please arrive at Magness Arena by 6:00 p.m. and meet in the Hamilton Gymnasium for check-in and instructions. We do not have a rehearsal so this is the time when graduates will be prepped for the ceremony.

We suggest wearing professional dress or business casual clothing under your gown and comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of standing and walking before, during, and after the ceremony.

Guests of Graduates, Faculty and Staff

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for guests to begin finding their seats within the Magness Arena, inside the Ritchie Center. Family members and guests of graduates do not need tickets or reservations for the ceremony.
Parking information: A parking map will be posted closer to the date of the ceremony.


ACC has arranged for free parking in the assigned lots. Please allow plenty of time to find parking and enter the Ritchie Center. Parking map / info.

Graduates: Park in Lot 108 (off of Buchtel and University) and walk down Buchtel Blvd (north of University) to the Ritchie Center, Magness Arena entrance.

Guests: May park in Lot 103, Lot 108, Lot C, Lot L, or Lot T and enter through any entrance to the Ritchie Center, Magness Arena. Elevators are available in the lower lobby for your convenience. Lots open 2 hours prior to the ceremony and doors open 1 hour prior.

Handicap Accessible: Lot 311 and Lot 314 is reserved for Handicap parking only.


GradImages will be taking photographs of graduates at Commencement as you walk to the stage, receive your diploma and as you exit the stage. Family and friends can take photographs from their seats, but will not be allowed in the aisles or near the stage. GradImages will contact graduates approximately 3-4 weeks after the commencement ceremony with photo proofs and pricing. You can order photos directly from GradImages though their client portal or by contacting them at 1-800-261-2576.


DU will be recording the ceremony. DVDs of the ceremony will be available approximately 4 weeks after the ceremony. To order a DVD directly through DU, please print the Commencement DVD Order Form, complete and mail directly to DU to the address listed on the form or use the online order form. The cost is $30 per DVD. DU does not allow third parties to bring in tripods or other formal filming equipment. No personal tripods will be allowed inside the Arena.

Accessibility/Disability Services

Designated seating areas are available for graduating students and their guests with mobility impairments in Magness Arena on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests, please see an ACC volunteer for directions to these accessible sections within the arena. The ceremony location will include a ramp for the stage, a sign language interpreter, and designated parking for individuals with disabilities. Graduating students will indicate if they or their guests will need these or additional accommodations when they confirm their attendance at the Commencement Ceremony. 

Ceremony Conduct

We ask that all participants remain in their seats throughout the entire ceremony. Graduates will exit as a class to the recessional music. Guests can exit after the recessional ends and meet up with your graduate in the hallway outside of the arena. Please remember that guests are not permitted on the floor of the arena near the graduates before, during or after the ceremony.

  • For guests with small children, please be courteous to others and keep your children with you at all times and quiet during the ceremony. There is a small space available on the upper level behind guest seating for parents to walk around with their children if needed. Parents please keep your children quiet and with you in this area as well.
  • No balloons allowed. Any balloons brought in will be removed.
  • No outside food or drink is allowed.
  • No glass (including glass vases of flowers, personal water bottles, etc.)
  • No pocketknives
  • No alcohol (including unopened bottles intended as gifts)
  • No plastic water bottles / beverages of any kind (even if they are unopened)

Graduation Applications

Spring 2019 Graduation Applications are due by March 15, 2019 in order to be eligible to walk in ACC Commencement Ceremony.

Spring Graduate Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed to spring graduates by the end of June.


Need to order your cap and gown? Submit your request.

Are you interested in ordering a class ring? See what's available from Jostens. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please call 800.854.7464.


  • Cap/Gown/Tassel Set - $35.00
  • Stole of Gratitude - $27.00
  • Souvenir (Keychain) Tassel - $6.00
  • Cap - $6.00
  • Regular Tassel - $4.50
  • Custom ACC Graduation T-Shirt - $25.00

Hotel Discount

ACC corporate partner Hampton Inn & Suites is offering a special rate to the ACC community during commencement week. Enjoy nightly rates starting at $109 plus tax (includes breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi) at the Hampton Inn & Suites located at West County Line Road and C-470. Call 303-794-1800 or go online at for accommodations. Please reference hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Denver/Highlands Ranch and company name: Arapahoe Community College when making reservations.


For additional questions regarding the Commencement Ceremony not addressed here, please contact the Dean of Students Office at

Congratulations, ACC Graduates!