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August 2011 Graduation Information

Congratulations on accomplishing this major milestone in your life! You will surely reap many benefits and rewards from your accomplishments.
Save the date for the following events:

  • Golden Key International Honour Society Induction Ceremony – Friday, August 19, 2011, at 5 pm at Cheyenne Mountain Resort: 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
  • Graduation/Alumni Dinner – Friday, August 19, 2011, at 6:30 pm at Cheyenne Mountain Resort: 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

Note: RSVP required for attendees and one guest by emailing Janet Brugger at janet.brugger@rockies.edu.

  • Commencement Ceremony – Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 2:00 pm at Pikes Peak Center: 190 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Graduates must be approved to attend the ceremony through the Petition to Graduate process. Graduates will be required to arrive early for picture-taking and to line up for the ceremony. Guest seating will not be limited for the 2011 commencement ceremony. More information will be forthcoming as the date nears.

Note: There will be no student rehearsal for commencement. The day’s timeline and instructions will be provided to attending students in advance of the ceremony.

  • Reception – Saturday, August 20, 2011, following the Commencement Ceremony at Pikes Peak Center.

Additional information is available on our FAQ page. Check back often, as the page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Document Center

Petition to Graduate
Transcript Request
Request for Recommendation
Request for Replacement/Duplicate Diploma

Frequently Asked Questions
Please check back often, as the page will be updated as new information becomes available. Information is subject to change.

When should I petition to graduate?
If I am not attending a graduation ceremony, do I have to pay the graduation fee?
When will I receive my diploma?
When will my official transcript reflect my degree awarded?
How do I request my official transcripts?
How do I request faculty to provide a recommendation for me?
How do I order my cap and gown?
What size is the diploma?
Does University of the Rockies have a travel guide and a list of hotels in the area available for graduation weekend?

When should I petition to graduate?

Deadlines for graduation ceremonies and diploma dates are indicated on the Petition to Graduate form.
Petitions received after the deadlines will be forwarded to the next commencement ceremony date.

If I am not attending a graduation ceremony, do I have to pay the graduation fee?

Yes, all students must submit a Petition to Graduate form and applicable fees in order to graduate, even if you choose not to participate in the commencement ceremony.

When will I receive my diploma?

The date of degree conferral recorded on your diploma will reflect the date you complete all degree requirements. Degree completion is generally recorded on a student's official transcript within 30 days of completion of all program requirements. Diplomas are generally ordered within 30 days of completion of all program requirements and payment of all related tuition and fees. Ordered diplomas may take six to eight weeks to arrive. Diplomas, certificates, and transcripts will be withheld until all accounts at the University are paid in full. Diplomas will not be issued at the graduation ceremony.

When will my official transcript reflect my degree awarded?

Degree completion is recorded on your official transcript within 30 days after completion of all program requirements. The Request for Transcripts form includes an option to send the transcript after the degree is posted. Transcripts will not be released until your account balance is paid in full, including the graduation fee.

How do I request my official transcripts?

Once your degree is awarded, one official transcript will be mailed to your current address. You can order additional official University of the Rockies transcripts at $5 per copy. Please complete a Transcript Request form.

How do I request faculty to provide a recommendation for me?

Complete a Student Request for Recommendation form and send it directly to the University of the Rockies individual from whom you are requesting a recommendation. Please be sure to explain exactly what you need in your request, in addition to sending the form.
Please also be aware that requests for recommendations are fulfilled at the professor’s or staff member’s discretion. Professors may choose to fulfill a request right away, may require a longer timeline to write letters, or may decline to fulfill requests.
You may direct questions concerning this process to the Office of the Registrar.

How do I order my cap and gown?

Students must have completed a Petition to Graduate form, be eligible to attend, and have indicated that they will participate in the ceremony to have a cap and gown ordered. The cap and gown will be mailed prior to the graduation ceremony.

What size is the diploma?

University of the Rockies diplomas are 8½ inches by 11 inches.

Does University of the Rockies have a travel guide and a list of hotels in the area available for graduation weekend? By Air: Colorado Springs Airport (COS)

7770 E. Milton Proby Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80916 
Located about 7 miles from the commencement location 
Free shuttle service to Cheyenne Mountain Resort is available to those who fly into Colorado Springs Airport.

Denver International Airport

8500 Pena Blvd 
Denver, CO 80249 
Located about 74 miles from the commencement location

By Car:

Maps and directions can be found online. Commencement activities will be at:
Cheyenne Mountain Resort: 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

 

Hotel Information:

For your convenience, University of the Rockies has entered into a corporate membership with the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Students and visitors who stay at the resort will enjoy a reduced room rate, free transportation to and from the airport, free daily transportation to and from the University of the Rockies campus, and a 20% discount on all food and beverages. For golfers, there is also a deep discount on green fees. Please note: room rates are subject to room availability. There is a limited number of rooms available, so we ask that you call to reserve your room as soon as possible.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

3225 Broadmoor Valley Road 
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 
719.538.4000
www.cheyennemountain.com

Other local hotels include:

Courtyard Colorado Springs South – 2570 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, 719.226.5006
The Broadmoor – 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, 866.837.9520
Doubletree Colorado Springs – 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, 719.576.8900
Crowne Plaza Hotel – 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, 719.576.5900

    Car Rental Information:
    Colorado Springs Airport has six on-site rental car agencies. Check-in counters are in the baggage claim area.

    Advantage
    Alamo / National
    Avis
    Budget
    Enterprise Rent A Car
    Hertz

    Contact Information
    If you have questions about the graduation ceremony, campus students please call Janet Burgger at 719.442.0505, ext. 1672, or send an email to Janet.Brugger@Rockies.edu; online students please call 866.621.0124, ext. 1950, or email graduation.information@rockies.edu.

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