commencement

Students who wish to graduate from CU-Boulder and/or participate in the University commencement ceremony must apply to graduate.    

Please remember graduation and commencement are not the same thing!  “Commencement” refers to the ceremony that celebrates graduation.  In the Spring, the University holds a main commencement ceremony to which all prospective graduates are invited and many departments hold smaller, more intimate ceremonies for students in their departments. 

“Graduation” refers to the award of a degree upon confirmation of completion of all degree/major/minor requirements.  “Graduation” is always associated with the completion of a spring, summer or fall term.  Degree requirements are not reviewed and/or confirmed until grades are official for the term.   

Submitting an online application for graduation by the published deadline will add your name to the University Commencement program and notify the College of Arts and Sciences that you wish to be considered for  graduation review once grades are official.     

Applying for Graduation

The first step in the graduation application process is to apply online for graduation via your myCUinfo Portal. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Graduation and Diploma deadlines and submit your application early to ensure your name is included in the Commencement ceremony handbook and your diploma mailing address is on file.

Check your degree audit to verify you are on track to have all major/minor/degree requirements fulfilled by the end of your graduation semester. It is always a good idea to meet with your academic advisor to review your degree audit and remaining requirements.

The Commencement website details everything you need to know about the Campus-wide and Departmental ceremonies, including dates and times of the recognition ceremonies, information on how to order your cap and gown, and parking details to share with family and friends.

Some Special Graduation Considerations

If you are a Concurrent Degree student, you must submit an online application for graduation for EACH degree program/college on your record. (Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Graduation and Diploma deadlines and submit your online application early to ensure your name is included in the Commencement ceremony handbook and your diploma mailing address is on file.)  If one of your degree programs is with another college, please contact that college for their graduation application process.  

Note: All concurrent degrees must be awarded in the same term.  If you choose to change your intended graduation date, please update your graduation date for all programs.   

If all requirements have been completed for your Arts and Sciences degree with at least one major in the term in which you have applied to graduate, you will be graduated with all completed majors, even if you have declared majors that remain incomplete.  If you decide to postpone your graduation date until all declared majors are complete, please submit a new online application for graduation via your myCUinfo Portal.  

If you have a declared minor that is not complete at the time of graduation, you can decide to postpone your graduation date until your declared minor is complete, or you can drop the minor and graduate without it.

Note: Minors cannot be added after graduation.  

 

If you would like to change your graduation date after you have submitted an online graduation application, you must submit a new online application for graduation via your myCUinfo Portal for the updated graduation term.  If you have previously submitted an online application for a different term, submitting a new online application will automatically remove your previously submitted application.    

If you are working toward a teacher certification, please contact the School of Education regarding their current procedures.  If you change your graduation date, please notify the School of Education in addition to submitting a new online application for graduation via your myCUinfo Portal.  

Note: teacher certification is not considered a concurrent degree or double major.

Please check with your Primary Academic Advisor to see if you are eligible to add an additional major to your previously earned degree.  If you are eligible, when you are nearing completion of your additional major, notify your Academic Advisor.  Upon review and verification of completion, Arts and Sciences will notify the Office of the Registrar to add the additional major to your transcript.  

Please contact your Primary Academic Advisor to determine if you have met the special requirements in effect for a second baccalaureate degree.  If all criteria have been met, follow the above instructions to apply online for graduation via your myCUinfo Portal and see your Academic Advisor for a paper graduation application.