Leeds Academic Advising is now operating remotely.

Although our physical office is closed, we are still here for you for advising and registration help. You can continue to schedule appointments with your academic advisor here

All advising appointments will be held via online Zoom meetings or phone. When you schedule an appointment online, your Zoom meeting link will be in the confirmation email you receive.

Congratulations Seniors! Please be sure to read the important information below regarding your final semester at Leeds and how to prepare for graduation and the commencement ceremonies.

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

Download the Leeds School of Business Graduation Checklist here and contact your advisor if you have any questions.

Check Your Degree Audit

After registering for your last semester, or if you modify your last semester courses, wait 10 minutes to run a new degree audit. Your entire degree audit should be green or blue, indicating that your last semester of courses will complete your degree requirements. If you see any red, immediately reach out to your academic advisor or a peer advisor.  

Confirm your academic plan--major(s) and minor(s)--is correct on your audit before applying for graduation. If you are pursuing a major or minor outside of Leeds, please make sure it is reflected in your degree audit and contact the appropriate department to confirm you are on track with the requirements.

If you are no longer pursuing another major, emphasis area, or minor that you have previously declared, please contact the appropriate department to have the program removed from your academic record. Otherwise, your graduation can be delayed.

Even though certificate completion will not impact your graduation, please confirm you have completed all the requirements of your certificate with the certificate manager.

Applying for Graduation

Applying for graduation on Buff Portal by the published deadline will add your name to the Leeds and university commencement programs and notify your academic advisor that you wish to be considered for degree certification once the final grades are posted. Please refer to the Registrar’s website for details on applying for graduation. The deadline to apply for Fall graduation is November 1 of the same year, and the deadline to apply for Spring and Summer graduation is April 1 of the same year.

If you are currently enrolled in a Continuing Education online flex course or will be transferring credits to fulfill missing degree requirements, the deadline to finish work and/or submit official transcripts to the University of Colorado Boulder Office of Admissions or transcripts@colorado.edu is:

·         May 15 for Spring Graduation

·         August 15 for Summer Graduation

·         December 15 for Fall Graduation

Please Note: The deadlines for Accounting BAM students to apply to graduate with the bachelor’s degree are much earlier. Please refer to the BAM website.

Graduation Ceremonies Explained

Remember that 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. Please refer to the CU Boulder Commencement website for details. Leeds also holds a Recognition Ceremony in the spring, where each student is called by name and individually walks on the stage.

Summer graduates’ names are automatically included in the preceding spring commencement programs.

Download a copy of the Leeds School of Business Graduation Ceremonies Explained.


A: Please apply for the term in which you complete your final credits.

A: This notifies the Leeds School of Business that you wish to be considered for degree certification once grades are official.

A: No. If you have completed two business emphasis areas, such as Finance & Accounting, or Operation Management & Business Analytics, you only need to apply for graduation once for your business degree.

A: Yes. If you have completed another major in addition to your business major, such as Economics, Computer Science or Psychology, you will need to apply for graduation for each major. You must complete all the requirements for both majors to have your degree certified.

A: As soon as the official grade is posted, please immediately submit your official transcript to CU Boulder Admissions (transcripts@colorado.edu) and email TCHELP@colorado.edu with your nine-digit student ID # to respectfully confirm that your transcript has been received.

A: You must complete all your courses to graduate.

A: Please follow the instructions on the Registrar’s website.

A: CU Boulder does not hold a campus-wide commencement ceremony for December 2020 graduates. The names of the December 2020 graduating students will be included in a combined campus-wide list in the spring 2021 program.  Leeds will host a virtual Recognition Ceremony for December 2020 graduates this year at 1:30 MST on December 14, 2020. If you would like to walk in the Leeds Spring 2021 Recognition Ceremony, please let your academic advisor know.

A: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

A: The diplomas are mailed approximately two months after degree certification. Please see details on the Registrar’s website.

A:  To graduate with Distinction: 3.75 to 3.899 cumulative GPA; to graduate with High Distinction: 3.90 to 4.00

A: No, but you must have your minor declared and reflected in your degree audit.

A: No. Students must complete all the requirements for the declared second major or minor to graduate.