• Graduate and Family

    Commencement 2017

    Planning Your Weekend: Important Information for Families and Guests

    CCU is expecting up to 4,000 guests at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. This will require attendees to arrive well in advance of the event due to traffic considerations and the walk to the facilities. Colorado weather can be unpredictable, and we have experienced all kinds of weather. Because we anticipate many guests and heavy traffic, please allow ample time for parking and walking to the facilities.


    1STBANK Center is a multi-purpose arena located only 15 minutes from Denver, Colorado, in the city of Broomfield. It is located at 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, Colorado (80021). NOTE: Balloons cannot be brought into the 1STBANK Center because of the building's fire sensors. Please review the Commencement venue map for the best seating to observe your graduate and the Commencement ceremony.


    Though no tickets are issued for the ceremony, please invite a reasonable number of guests. Doors to the 1STBANK Center will open at 8:00 a.m., and guests may begin taking their seats at 9:00 a.m. In order to better enjoy the morning, plan ahead and be early. Seats that are being saved for late arriving guests must be released by 9:45 a.m. to accommodate other guests who are present and waiting for a seat. Be sure to communicate this to all family and friends who will be attending the Commencement ceremony.


    1STBANK Center has 3,000 parking spaces located on its grounds. Please allow plenty of time for parking prior to the ceremony, and especially for exiting the parking lot(s) afterwards. Download a map of 1STBANK Center Parking (PDF).

    • NORTH Lot (VIP & ADA) parking lot is located on the north side of 1STBANK Center in front of the North entrance to the venue. The North lot provides parking to permit holders and ADA patrons.
    • WEST Lot (VIP & ADA) parking lot is located on the west side of 1STBANK Center adjacent to the West entrance of the venue. The West lot provides parking to permit holders and ADA patrons.
    • A Lot off of Uptown and Transit provides parking to the general public.
    • Parking Garage on Transit provides parking to the general public as well as additional spaces for ADA patrons.
    • B Lot off Uptown provides parking to the general public.

    Accessibility for Guests

    In order to assure that you and your guests have a more enjoyable day, please be sure to take into account the busyness of the day's activities. Seats will be reserved for hearing impaired guests who wish to sit in close proximity to the interpreter. Guests with any physical, auditory, or visual disabilities should arrive early in order to ensure they have time to find seats with their family members in an area that will best meet their needs. For guests unable to attend the ceremony in person, the ceremony will be available to watch live online. Visit the Commencement Live Stream the day of the ceremony to watch the streaming video.