Published: Dec. 12, 2013

The University of Colorado Boulder will hold its winter commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 20, 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 ongoing construction on U.S. 36 leading into Boulder, early arrival is strongly advised.

The ceremony will honor candidates for 1,899 degrees, including 1,399 bachelor’s degrees, 310 master’s degrees, nine law degrees and 181 doctoral degrees.

Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth of CU-Boulder’s chemical and biological engineering department will give the commencement address.

Anseth, the winner of this year’s Hazel Barnes Prize – the highest recognition for teaching and research awarded by the university – is known internationally for her innovative biomaterials and regenerative medicine research. She leads a team of faculty and students who are developing biodegradable “scaffolds” to stimulate the growth of new human tissues to replace those lost by injury or disease.

Also during the ceremony, Dr. David C. Fajgenbaum will receive the Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional contributions to the nation. Fajgenbaum’s research and advocacy efforts have brought national attention to the issue of college students dealing with grief. He also is a tireless advocate for brain cancer research, rare disease research and college students’ bereavement.

Parking lots and gray meters near the Coors Events Center are free for commencement parking. Traffic officers and parking attendants will be available to assist campus visitors.

For more information visit

Sarah Hallock Adderholt, 303-735-0533
Greg Swenson, CU media relations, 303-492-3113