It might be Colorado State University’s “little” graduation weekend, but this Friday and Saturday will be a momentous time the for 2,100 Rams set to receive their degrees.
CSU will recognize 1,479 undergraduate students, 697 graduate students and four Army ROTC commissionees this weekend, according to a university release.
Here’s what you need to know if celebrating one of those soon-to-be grads is on your to-do list during this busy holiday season.
Where am I headed?
Ceremonies will be held at Moby Arena on the northwest edge of CSU’s Fort Collins campus and at the Lory Student Center’s Grand and North ballrooms in the heart of campus.
Free parking will be offered in the Moby Arena parking lot both days, with the free Around the Horn shuttle taking passengers to the Lory Student Center every 10 minutes. Parking will be free after 4 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday in the Moby, Lory and Morgan Library lots. Around the Horn will run between Moby and Lory every 20 minutes on Saturday.
Doors to event venues will be open 1 hour ahead of each ceremony.
What can’t I bring?
In general, leave your weapons, pets and noisemakers at home if you’re headed to any ceremony. You can visit CSU’s commencement webpage for a full list of prohibited items.
Attendees headed to Moby need to remember the arena’s clear bag policy. Bags will be limited to 12-by-6-by-12-inch clear, plastic, vinyl or PVC bags. Small clutch bags of 4½-by-6½-inch or smaller and soft, flexible seat cushions without frames or pockets will be allowed.
Moby attendees will also pass through metal detectors before entering, so give yourself a bit of extra time to get seated.
If you’ll need water during the ceremony, bring a crushable, disposable plastic bottle without a cap and fill it inside the arena.
What if I can’t go?
CSU will provide live webcasts of all ceremonies other than the Army ROTC commissioning and honors college at commencement.colostate.edu.
What about graduation dinner?
We’re not going to tell you where to take your grad to dinner — there are a wealth of great dining options to try in the city.
But one tip: Make a reservation now. With holiday shoppers out and about, and other graduates looking to dine, tables at the city’s popular spots will fill up quickly.
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We see you, Powell family
Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Friday with the Army ROTC commissioning. It’s the only ceremony this weekend when one family can boast half of the honorees.
Identical twins Jason and Will Powell will commission as 2nd lieutenants in the Army after both graduate this weekend with biomedical sciences degrees from CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The brothers from Austin, Texas, are among the outstanding graduates featured by CSU in a series of online profiles.
After graduation, Will is headed to medical school and will serve in the Army as a physician, according to CSU. Jason will report in January to the chemical corps in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also aspires to attend medical school in the future.
“We push each other in everything we do,” Will said in the CSU profile. “It makes you work harder in our classes and with ROTC because at the end of the day either you get to brag, or you have to listen to him brag.”
CSU fall 2019 commencement ceremony schedule
10 a.m.: Army ROTC commissioning, Lory Student Center North Ballroom
11:30 a.m.: Graduate School, Moby Arena
1 p.m.: University Honors recognition ceremony, Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
3:30 p.m.: College of Business, Moby Arena
4 p.m.: College of Agricultural Sciences, Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
7 p.m.: College of Health and Human Sciences, Moby Arena
9 a.m.: College of Liberal Arts, Moby Arena
10 a.m.: Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering, Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
1 p.m.: Warner College of Natural Resources, Moby Arena
2 p.m.: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
4:30 p.m.: College of Natural Sciences, Moby Arena
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