graduates walking at commencement

Graduation and Commencement

COVID-19 Update:

The University has postponed the scheduled ceremonies on May 2-3 due to local and state restrictions on large gatherings. In response to a survey of this year’s Class of 2020, Regis University plans to conduct Commencement ceremonies this summer if permissible under public health guidelines.

A large majority of respondents to the survey preferred a summer ceremony instead of holding events in the fall. The option of a virtual ceremony was singularly unpopular as was private, small events for doctoral hooding ceremonies.

Regis will continue to monitor the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the governor and mayor and will announce event plans as soon as feasible. It is likely a decision will not be possible until June. If a summer event is not possible, the university will consider an event in the fall to honor and recognize the Class of 2020.

Graduates must still file a graduation application by the published deadline to be eligible for degree conferment.


Graduation Application Deadlines

To be considered a candidate for graduation, all students must file a graduation application with the Office of Academic Records and Registration no later than the published deadline.

Graduating Term Application Deadline
(Accelerated, Online and Evening Students)
Application Deadline
(Daytime, On-Campus Students)
Spring 2020 January 20, 2020 September 13, 2019
Summer 2020 May 21, 2020 January 24, 2020
Fall 2020 September 14, 2020 May 21, 2020
Spring 2021 January 18, 2021 September 14, 2020


Graduation Process

Step 1: Ensure with your academic advisor you are on track to graduate. Please note: Your academic advisor is the only one who can verify if you are on track with your courses to graduate.
Step 2: Submit a graduation application. This must be done for every student who wishes to graduate.
Step 3: Once your graduation application is submitted please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
Step 4: Your diploma will be mailed to you within 12 weeks of your graduation date.
Step 5: If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, purchase your cap and gown (regalia) through the Ranger Station Bookstore.
Step 6: A $50 graduation fee will be invoiced once your graduation application is processed. 


Diplomas are mailed within 12 weeks of your graduate date. To check the status of your diploma, contact Academic Records at 303.458.4126.

Note: Your legal name will be printed on your diploma. If your legal name has changed, you must submit a notarized Change of Name Affidavit to the Office of Academic Records and Registration.

Cap, Gown and Tassel Information

Each student must purchase a cap and gown in order to commence. Students wishing to order their regalia may do so using one of the following options: 

  1. Call or email the Regis University Bookstore at 800.798.4153 ext 4150 or email Accepted payment options: Major credit cards, cash, check or book voucher
  2. Order online at 

Details on pricing and colors to order are listed below. When ordering, please specify your degree for tassel and hood color. Example: Bachelor of Arts or Master of Science (NOT Bachelor of Arts in Communication or Master of Science in Criminology). Hood and tassel color are determined by degree type rather than area of study.

Class rings can be purchased through Balfour at the Grad Fair or by visiting

Regis University does not provide Honor Cords, only Honor Societies provide cords. If you would like an Honor Society Cord, please contact the honor society to which you below for order information. 

Cost for undergraduate regalia (cap, gown and tassel): $32

Degree Type Tassel Color Hood
Bachelor of Arts (Including Classical Bachelor of Arts) White None
Bachelor of Science (Including Bachelor of Applied Science) Gold None
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences White and Gold None
Bachelor of Fine Arts Brown None
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Apricot None

Cost for master's regalia (cap, gown, hood and tassel): $60

Degree Type Tassel Color Hood
Master of Arts Navy/Gold White
Master of Arts in Education Navy/Gold Light Blue
Master of Business Administration Navy/Gold Drab (Tan)
Master of Development Practice Navy/GOld Peacock
Master of Education Navy/Gold Light Blue
Master of Fine Arts Navy/Gold Brown
Master of Nonprofit Management Navy/Gold Drab (Tan)
Master of Science (Health Service Administration, Computer Science, Criminology, Accounting or Management) Navy/Gold Gold
Master of Science in Nursing
*Those who attend the Nurses Pinning & Recognition Ceremony do not have to purchase hoods 
Navy/Gold Gold


Cost for doctorate regalia (cap, tassel, custom gown and fine quality hood): $194

Degree Type Tassel Color Hood
Doctor of Physical Therapy Old Gold Teal
Doctor of Pharmacy Old Gold Olive Green
Doctor of Nursing Practice Old Gold Apricot

Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement refers to the ceremony that celebrates graduation; graduation refers to the completion of all degree requirements. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee graduation, and students who graduate from their program are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony.

All graduates who have submitted a graduation application by the application deadline will be included in the program.

Regalia or cap and gown is what graduates are required to wear at commencement. Baccalaureate students' regalia consists of a black cap and gown, and a tassel that corresponds to the degree they are receiving. Master students' regalia includes a cap with a master's tassel, a gown (with oblong sleeves) and a hood that corresponds to their degree. 

All students who walk in commencement are required to wear regalia. Regalia can be purchased through the Regis Bookstore by the student and is theirs to keep after the ceremony. Regalia cannot be rented.

Regalia should be ordered approximately one month prior to commencement. The Regis Bookstore will be at the commencement ceremony for any last-minute changes, but it is strongly recommended that orders are placed ahead of time to ensure correct gown size and tassel/hood color.

Personalized graduation announcements are provided by CB Graduation Announcements. They can be ordered by visiting or calling 800.283.1779.

Three professional photos are taken of each student by GradTrak. GradTrak will automatically send proofs and an order form to the graduate's email address. If proofs are not received within two weeks after commencement, please call GradTrak at 800.283.1779.

Regis hosts one commencement ceremony per year in the spring (May). Check with your advising counselor for approval to participate in a commencement ceremony before completing your summer courses.

Seating is unlimited, no tickets are needed. All are welcome to attend.

Location and Contact Information

Academic Records and Registration

Main Hall 4th Floor

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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