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Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Live Stream

Friday, May 13, 2022

2022 Spring Commencement will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 in the new Aims Welcome Center on the Greeley Campus.

Check below before you go!

Important information for graduates and guests.

Aims Community College is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, employees, and guests. In order to expedite entry into the auditorium and ballroom, Aims has implemented a policy limiting the type of and dimensions of bags brought into the venue. Exceptions to this policy will be made for medically necessary items after a thorough inspection.

The following bags will be permitted in the Welcome Center:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” W x 12” H x 6” D
  • One-gallon clear plastic bags (Ziploc or similar) are permitted
  • One (1) personal item such as a small clutch or wallet not exceeding 4.5” x 6.5” in size may be brought into the arena
  • Guests are allowed one (1) large clear bag – either the 12” W x 12” H x 6” D clear bag or one-gallon Ziploc style bag – plus one (1) small personal item

Prohibited items include but are not limited to: purses larger than a small clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, computer bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

To ensure a safe environment and experience for all attendees, only clear water bottles are allowed in the Welcome Center for the College Commencement Ceremonies.  Guests will be asked to return water bottles that don’t comply to their vehicle or otherwise dispose of the item upon entry.

Graduates MUST pick up your cap and gown at the Bookstore in the Student Commons on the Greeley Campus

  • May 5 - 12
    • Bookstore Hours for pick up: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Email for special arrangements


  • Check-in for graduates will begin at 10:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive no later than 11:30 a.m.
  • Please wear your cap and gown to check-in.
  • Be prepared to open your gowns for visual inspection. No backpacks allowed. Please do not bring bags, purses, etc., as there is no secure location to store them.
  • All graduates will line up in the staging area as directed by the check-in staff. No family or friends will be allowed in the graduate check-in area.


  • Check-in for graduates will begin at 3:30 p.m. Please plan to arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.
  • Please wear your cap and gown to check-in.
  • Be prepared to open your gowns for visual inspection. No backpacks allowed. Please do not bring bags, purses, etc., as there is no secure location to store them.
  • All graduates will line up in the staging area as directed by the check-in staff. No family or friends will be allowed in the graduate check-in area.

Doors open for guests at the same time as check in for graduates begins.

  • 12 p.m. Ceremony:
    Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
  • 5 p.m. Ceremony:
    Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

All guests must check in and receive a wristband for the area in which they will be seated.

Don't forget your paper tickets for the reserved seating area! We will not be able to replace them and guests who do not have a paper ticket will be seated in the Ballrooms.

This year we will be conducting 2 ceremonies, one at 12 p.m. and one at 5 p.m. Check below for the list of program areas for each ceremony.

AH01 AAS Allied Health Professional
AG03 CERT Medical Clinical Assistant
AG04 CERT Medical Front Office
NA03 CERT Healthcare Readiness & Professionalism
AH00 CERT Introduction to Allied Health
MP02 CERT Medical Prep
NA01 CERT Nurse Aide
NU01 AAS Associate Degree Nursing A.D.N.
NU00 AAS Nursing
LPNRN AAS Nursing (LPN to RN)
PN01 CERT Practical Nursing
PT01 CERT Phlebotomy
RT00 AAS Radiological Technology
MT00 CERT Mammography Technologist
ST02 AAS Surgical Technology
ST03 CERT Sterile Instrument Processing

LAAA AA Liberal Arts
LAAS AS Liberal Arts
LAGS AGS Liberal Arts
ARTH & LA58 AA DWD-AA-Art History
PHI & LA65 AA DWD-AA-Philosophy
STAR & LA66 AA DWD-AA-Studio Art
PSY & LA48 AA DWD-AA-Psychology
PHEAL AA DWD-AA-Public Health
PSY & LA51 AS DWD-AS-Psychology
MATH & LA70 AS DWD-AS-Mathmatics
BIOL & LA59 AS DWD-AS-Biology
CHEM & LA60 AS DWD-AS-Chemistry
GEOL & LA57 AS DWD-AS-Geology
PHYS & LA61 AS DWD-AS-Physics
ANTH & LA43 AA DWD-AA-Anthropology
ECON & LA44 AA DWD-AA-Economics
GEOG & LA63 AA DWD-AA-Geography
HIST & LA46 AA DWD-AA-History
PS & LA47 AA DWD-AA-Political Science
SOC & LA49 AA DWD-AA-Sociology
FREN & LA45 AA DWD-AA-French
SPAN & LA50 AA DWD-AA-Spanish

AC01 AAS Accounting
AC29 CERT Accounting
AC34 CERT Enrolled Agent
AGED & LA 72 AS Agricultural Education
AGBS & LA67 AS Agricultural Business
ANIM & LA68 AS Animal Science
ANHO & LA73 AS Environmental Horticulture-Landscape Business
HOBU & LA 69 AS Horticulture Business Management
SOCR & LA71 AS Soil & Crop Sciences
AG01 AAS AgriBusiness
AG16 AAS Animal Science
AG11 AAS Production Agriculture
AG15 CERT AgriBusiness Management
AG17 CERT Animal Science
AG22 CERT Horticulture
AG21 CERT Introduction to Agriculture Business Management
AG18 CERT Introduction to Animal Science
AG20 CERT Introduction to Horticulture
AG19 CERT Introdcution to Precision Agricutlure
AG14 CERT Precision Agriculture
AG13 CERT Production Agriculture and Crops
AG12 CERT Production Agriculture Mechanics
AT18 AAS Applied Technology
BUS & LA03 AA DWD-AA-Business
BT01 AAS Business Technology - Administrative Assistant
BT13 CERT Business Technology - Advanced office Specialist
BT12 CERT Business Technology - Multimedia Presentation Skill Enhancement
BT10 CERT Business Technology - Word Processing Skill Enhancement
BT04 CERT Business Technology
JOUR AA DWD-AA-Journalism
CM30 AAS Audio Production
CM31 AAS Journalism
CM35 AAS Media Writing
CM34 AAS Radio Production
CM33 AAS Television & Video Production
CM32 AAS Video Editing & Effects Production
CM43 CERT Audio Production Level I
CM44 CERT Audio Production Level II
CM45 CERT Audio Production Level III
CM42 CERT Electronic Audio Production
CM47 CERT Journalism Writing
CM40 CERT Radio Production Level I
CM41 CERT Radio Production Level II
CM36 CERT Video Writing
CM38 CERT Video/Television Production, Level I
CM39 CERT Video/Television Production, Level II
COMP AS DWD-AS-Computer Science
CI18 AAS Computer Information Systems
CI24 CERT CIS Information Technology
CI26 CERT Computer : C# Programming
CI27 CERT Cyber Security Specialist
CI23 CERT Database Administration
CI29 CERT Full Stack Web Developer
CI19 CERT Network Analyst
CI25 CERT Object Oriented Programming: Mobile Applications
  CERT Web Development
CM13 AAS Building/Consturction Site Management
CM11 CERT Basic Stuctural Properties
CT16 CERT Basic of Carpentry
CM10 CERT Basics of Construction Management
CM19 CERT Basics of Construction Methods
CT15 CERT Carpentry
CT11 CERT Carpentry: Carpentry Applications
CT12 CERT Carpentry: Carpentry Materials & Safety
CT3 CERT Carpentry: Introduction to Carpentry
CT14 CERT Carpentry: Renovation & Finishing
CM46 CERT Construction Fundamentals
CM22 CERT Green/Sustainable Building
CM12 CERT Project Estimating
ET22 AAS Engineering Technology: Computer Aided Drafting
ET38 CERT Additive Manufacturing
ET27 CERT Advanced CAD
ET32 CERT Engineering Technology: CAD/GIS
ET37 CERT Introduction to CAD
ET30 CERT Mechanical CAD
ET26 CERT Residential/Commercial Architecture CAD
GD12 AAS Animation
GD00 AAS Graphic Design & Rich Media: Graphic Design
GD13 AAS Web Design & Development
GD15 CERT Animation
GD20 CERT Basic Animation
GD22 CERT Basic Web Design
GD04 CERT Graphic Application
GD10 CERT Graphic Software and Applications
GD19 CERT Graphics, Web and Motion
GD06 CERT Web Design
GD17 CERT Web Design Specialist
IT10 AAS Industrial Technology
IT18 CERT Design for Manufacturing
IT17 CERT Energy Analysis
IT20 CERT Planner/Logistics
AC36 CERT Advanced Automation 
AC37 CERT Advanced Maintenance
AC35 CERT Basic Automation and maintenance
IT15 CERT Industrial Technology Level I
IT16 CERT Industrial Technology Level II
IT13 CERT Industrial Technology Level III - Process Efficiency Controls
IT14 CERT Industrial Technology Level IV - Energy Systems Technology
IT19 CERT Manufacturing Technician
MM15 AAS Business Management
MM00 AAS Marketing/Management
MM30 CERT Customer Service and Leadership
MM29 CERT Introduction to Customer Service & Leadership
MM18 CERT Marketing/Management - Advanced Management
MM20 CERT Marketing/Management - Management Basics
MM21 CERT Marketing/Management - marketing Basics
MM19 CERT Marketing/Management - Supervisory Management
MM28 CERT Marketing/Management
RE02 CERT Real Estate
MM24 CERT Retail Management
MM14 CERT Small Business Management
OG01 AAS Oil and Gas Technologies
OG02 CERT Introduction to Oil & Gas Technologies
OG03 CERT Oil and Gas Production Technologies
WT02 AAS Welding Technology
WT17 CERT Arch Welding Processes
WT16 CERT Metal Cutting & Gouging
WT19 CERT Metal Fabrication
WT18 CERT Pipe Welding
WT15 CERT Welding for Ag Educators
WT01 CERT Welding Technician

AC05 AAS Automotive Collision Repair Technology
AC25 CERT Damage Appraisal & Estimating
AC21 CERT Non-Structural Repair Technician
AC28 CERT Plastics Repair Technician
AC20 CERT Refinish Technician Certificate
AC31 CERT Structural Repair Technician
AC27 CERT Upholstery Certificate
AS29 AAS Master Automobile Diesel Degree
AS16 AAS Master Automobile Service Technology
AS20 CERT Advanced Bakes
AS22 CERT Advanced Electrical
AS27 CERT Automatic Transmission
AS17 CERT Automotive Service Technician
AS19 CERT Brakes
AS31 CERT Diesel Automotive
AS21 CERT Electrical
AS26 CERT Engine Mechanical
AS24 CERT Engine Performance
AS28 CERT Heating & Air Conditioning
AS30 CERT Maintencance & Light Repair 
AS25 CERT Manual Transmissions & Drive Trains
AS23 CERT Steering & Suspension
AT48 AAS Air Traffic Controller
AT14 AAS Aviation Technology - Professional Pilot
AT15 AAS General Aviation Pilot
AT41 CERT Commercial Pilot Airplane
AT31 CERT Flight Instructor Airplane
AT42 CERT Flight Instructor Rating Airplane
AT38 CERT Instrument Rating Airplane
AT47 CERT Instrument Rating Airplane II
AT33 CERT Multi-Engine Airplane
AT43 CERT Multi-Engine Rating Airplane
AT36 CERT Private Pilot Airplane
AT32 CERT Single-Engine Airplane
AT51 CERT UAS Basic Operator
CRJ AA DWD-AA-Criminal Justice
CJ00 AAS Criminal Justice
CJ09 AAS Police Studies
BP01 CERT Peace Officer Academy (1 semester)
BP00 CERT Peace Officer Academy (2 semesters)
CJ07 CERT Criminal Justice Pathways Basic, Level I
CJ08 CERT Criminal Justice Pathways Basic, Level II
CJ10 CERT Ciminal Justice - Forensic Criminology
ECE & LA42 AA DWD-AA-Early Childhood Teacher Education
EC03 AAS Early Childhood Education
EC25 CERT Early Childhood Director
EC16 CERT Early Childhood Education
EC23 CERT Early Childhood Education Entry
EC24 CERT Early Childhood Teacher
EC19 CERT Early Childhood Teacher, Beginning 
EC10 CERT Great Beginnings
EC21 CERT Infant/Toddler Teacher
ELEM AA DWD-AA-Elementary Teacher Education
EMS1 AAS Emergency Medical Services
EM15 AAS Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P)
EM11 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced Emergency Medical Technicial (AEMT)
EM12 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
EM05 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P)
EM14 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Preparation
EM17 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Pre-Paramedic
EM10 CERT Emergency Medical Technician
FS27 AAS Fire Science Technology
FS25 CERT Basic Firefighter
FS17 CERT Driver-Operator
FS28 CERT Fire Science Basic Wildland
FS11 CERT Fire Officer I
FS29 CERT Firefighter I
FS30 CERT Firefighter II
FS16 CERT Vehicle Extrication

Commencement Ceremony Frequently Asked Questions

Commencement is the ceremony for students, family, and friends to celebrate the student’s accomplishments. Participation in the ceremony does not mean the student has officially graduated. Verification of graduation is done after grades are submitted each semester. Because of this, students do not receive their diploma on the day of commencement.

Keep an eye on your Aims email and watch for an invitation coming from Marching Order. If you have applied for graduation and are eligible you will be invited to register to participate. Fill out all of the fields in the registration form and submit.

The ceremonies are based on the areas of study and you will be invited to participate in the ceremony that reflects your degree and/or certificate. If you have multiple degrees and/or certificates across academic areas of study a representative of Aims will contact you to assign your ceremony.

You will not be able to participate in both ceremonies. Due to space limitations graduates earning multiple degrees and/or certificates will be invited to participate in only one ceremony.

Seating for the live ceremony will be limited. Each graduate will receive a limited number of tickets for the live ceremony. Aims will also be offering seating in a live feed venue within the Welcome and Event Center. Seating for all areas will be limited based on COVID restrictions and protocols at the time of the ceremony. Total number of tickets each graduate will receive will be determined after the registration period closes.

Only the following are allowed:

  • Gown, cap and black & red tassel: The gown, cap and black & red tassel are yours to keep. Only the black & red tassel OR the PTK gold tassel are allowed. You may wear one or the other but not both at the same time. Souvenir tassels are not permitted to be worn on the cap for the ceremony.
  • The Honor Medal; Gold Honor cord; PTK - gold stole and gold tassel; English Honor Society - green/gold cord; SALUTE - red/white/blue cords; NSLS - light gray sotles; and Veterans - intertwined red/white/blue cord are allowed to be worn. 

Aims welcomes the tasteful decorating of your mortar board. Please be respectful of other graduates that may be sitting behind you. All decorations must be flat to the top of the mortar board. Any decorations that raise the height will not be allowed and will be asked to be removed.


Photos will be taken at the ceremony by a professional photographer. You will receive sample photos and information for ordering photos by mail or e-mail, depending on the information you provide on your card. You are not obligated to purchase any photo packages. Selfies will not be allowed to be taken on the stage area during the ceremony.  

If you have questions about the Commencement Ceremony only please email


For more information about graduation or if you have graduation-specific questions, please refer to the Graduation page or the Graduation FAQ section on the Registration and Records FAQ page.