University of Colorado to eliminate campus-wide winter commencement ceremony

BOULDER, Colo. - University of Colorado officials say they plan to eliminate the campus-wide winter commencement ceremony at the end of 2016.

Bill Kaempfer, vice provost and associate vice chancellor for budget and planning, tells the Daily Camera that because of newly added reading days, the winter ceremony would be too close to Christmas. In 2017, for example, the ceremony would have been Dec. 23 with the reading days in place.

Reading days give students a brief reprieve between the last day of classes and final exams.

University officials say department and college recognition ceremonies will still be held for students graduating in December.

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