Published: May 3, 2013

The University of Colorado Boulder will hold its spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Folsom Field.

Due to traffic delays, and ongoing construction on U.S. 36 leading into Boulder, early arrival is strongly advised. Gates open at 7 a.m. and guests should plan to be seated by 8:15 a.m. The ceremony will be held outdoors in the stadium regardless of the weather. In the event of heavy rain or snow an abbreviated ceremony will be held.

For the safety of all guests, only soft-sided bags or containers no larger than 12x12x12 (the size of a purse or small backpack) are welcome at Folsom Field. Clear, plastic grocery-type bags are strongly recommended to facilitate security screening at the gates. All persons and packages are subject to screening prior to entry into the stadium. Please report unattended or suspicious bags to police immediately. 

The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will honor candidates for 6,084 degrees, including 4,687 bachelor’s degrees, 903 master’s degrees, 171 law degrees and 494 doctoral degrees.

Dame Julie Andrews will give the commencement address. Andrews is the winner of numerous prestigious awards throughout her career, including Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Grammys for her iconic performances. She was invested as a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001. Her career spans over 60 years and includes her enormous success as a best-selling children’s author of more than 27 books. Andrews is well known for her advocacy of the arts and education, and also has spent a great deal of time devoted to philanthropic endeavors.

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.

Many departments within CU-Boulder’s schools and colleges will hold events to personally recognize their graduates. Students should check with their individual departments for more information. For a schedule of individual ceremonies visit

For more information about the commencement ceremony visit The ceremony will be broadcast on the Web and can be accessed by visiting the commencement website at and clicking on the webcast link anytime during the ceremony.

Sarah Adderholt, 303-735-0533
Greg Swenson, 303-492-3113