If you go
What: Winter commencement
When: 9:30 a.m. Friday
Where:Coors Events Center
Nearly 2,200 University of Colorado students will don their cap and gown Friday morning during the university's winter commencement.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Coors Event Center recognizing students being awarded bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degrees.

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. to give guests plenty of time to find seating.

Barb Cline, a CU registrar employee in charge of degrees and diplomas, said this semester will graduate a typical number of students compared to previous years.

Last year, about 2,200 students graduated in December.

The majority of graduates - about 1,600 - will receive their bachelor's degrees. More than 400 students are expected to graduate with their master's degree and another 150 with their doctoral degrees.


Only 14 students will receive law degrees this fall, Cline said.

CU senior Colleen Gross said she is looking forward to graduating and moving to LA to begin her career in music.

After taking a year off before college, Gross said it was difficult watching the majority of her peers graduate in May. Now, only a semester later, Gross said she's happy she took the time off and was able to have the experiences that her non-traditional course allowed.

"I'm definitely leaving on a high note from CU," Gross said. "It's a good feeling to be finished and I'm really excited to move on to the next step."

Gross's mom is flying in to watch her graduate both at the Friday morning commencement and Friday afternoon at the business school's departmental ceremony.

Gross said she's excited about graduating with a smaller group this winter but she will miss having a high-profile speaker.

Harvey Segur, CU math professor and 2011 Hazel Barnes Prize winner, will be speaking at Friday's commencement.