Published: April 29, 2014

The University of Colorado Boulder will hold its spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 9, 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 5,891 degrees, including 4,489 bachelor’s degrees, 911 master’s degrees, 159 law degrees and 332 doctoral degrees.

Eric Stough, the producer/animation director of the popular animated television series “South Park,” is the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Stough graduated from CU-Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film studies in 1995.

Also during the ceremony, one honorary degree and a University Medal will be awarded.

Lanis Pinchuk, the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s first director of engineering development and a former assistant dean and director of alumni and corporate relations, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his decades of service to CU-Boulder. Michael Wirth will receive the University Medal recognizing his advocacy of CU-Boulder and his personal dedication to furthering the goals of the university’s students and programs.

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. Schedule of individual ceremonies.

The ceremony will be broadcast on the Web and can be accessed by visiting the commencement website and clicking on the webcast link anytime during the ceremony.

To join the conversation and celebrate the accomplishments of CU-Boulder’s newest alumni in social media, people can use #ForeverBuffs on commencement photos and stories, and follow @CUBoulder and @CUBoulderAlumni on Twitter and Instagram, and check out the highlights of commencement.