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.
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 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.