Published: Dec. 8, 2011

The University of Colorado Boulder will hold its winter commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16, in the Coors Events Center on campus.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Due to traffic delays and the possibility of adverse winter weather, early arrival is strongly advised. Guests should plan to be seated by 9 a.m. People entering the events center are asked not to bring large purses or bags to the ceremony.

During the ceremony, 2,171 degrees will be conferred. Degrees to be awarded include 1,593 bachelor's degrees, 414 master's degrees, 150 doctoral degrees and 14 law degrees.

The commencement address will be given by Harvey Segur, a CU-Boulder professor of applied mathematics and this year's recipient of the Hazel Barnes Prize, the highest faculty recognition for teaching and research awarded by the university.

Segur has been a CU-Boulder faculty member since 1989. Recognized for his highly cited and influential research on nonlinear waves along with his exceptional teaching record, Segur is helping to transform undergraduate education at CU-Boulder, focusing on improved student performance in lower-division calculus. He has received the Boulder Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, is a President's Teaching Scholar and gave the 2005 Distinguished Research Lecture.

City and campus roads may be congested for approximately one and a half hours before the ceremony and about an hour afterward. Parking lots and gray meters near the Coors Events Center are free for commencement parking. Traffic officers and parking supervisors and attendants will be available to assist campus visitors.

Additional information about commencement, including a campus parking map and information for people with disabilities, is available at The website also will feature a live webcast of the ceremony on Dec. 16.