It's likely to take more than a turn in the weather to chill the enthusiasm of the 1,899 University of Colorado students being awarded degrees Friday morning during the school's winter commencement ceremony.
The ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Coors Event Center, 950 Regent Drive.
In addition to conferring 1,399 bachelor's degrees, CU will recognize 310 students receiving their master's degrees, nine receiving law degrees and 181 being awarded their doctoral degrees, according to the school.
Parking lots and gray parking meters near the center will be free for those attending commencement, according to CU, though early arrival is strongly advised in light of construction on U.S. 36 and likely traffic delays.
The Coors Event Center doors will open at 7:30 a.m. to accommodate early arrivers, and attendees are asked to be in their seats by 9, according to CU.
Many graduating students who will be recognized Friday already got a taste of the celebration Thursday, when individual schools held smaller, separate ceremonies.
Rhiana Henry and Bryan Barnhart attended the graduation ceremony for the physics department Thursday afternoon, held in CU's Duane Physics building. Henry, 24, on Friday will be awarded her double degrees in physics and geology.
Barnhart won't technically earn his degrees in physics and mathematics (and minor in computer sciences) until the spring, but he received magna cum laude honors in physics at the Thursday ceremony.
"It was a very nice and very intimate sort of thing," Barnhart said of the department graduation ceremony.
Henry said she enjoyed the physics ceremony but will be at the bigger ceremony Friday, as well as the geology graduation to follow.
"It took me 5 1/2 years," Henry said. "I'm going to all of them."
The couple, joined by Barnhart's parents, Henry's dad and her former roommate, visiting from Massachusetts, enjoyed dinner and some well deserved adult beverages at West Flanders Brewing Co., 1125 Pearl St., on Thursday night. Henry did not take off her graduation cap at the dinner table.
Henry plans to take what she learned in Boulder and continue on the path of becoming a certified gemologist.
"I like shiny things -- hence physics to know why they sparkle, and geology to know where to find them," she said.
The commencement address Friday morning will be delivered by distinguished professor Kristi Anseth, according to CU. The chemical and biological engineering professor was the recipient this year of the Hazel Barnes Prize, CU's highest honor for teaching, and is internationally known for her innovative biomaterials and regenerative medicine research.
For more information, visit commencement.colorado.edu.