Congratulations! We’re excited to celebrate this milestone achievement with you and your family and friends. All students who participate in the ceremony will have their name read, walk across the stage, and receive their diploma cover. (Diplomas will be sent to your home later.)

Please note: the CMCI ceremony at the CU Event Center will take place the day after the CU main ceremony at Folsom Field.


Students: Get ready for graduation!

Step 1: Undergraduates: To graduate from CU Boulder: Apply by April 1 on Buff Portal. This is the process by which your degree is conferred and your student record is prepared for graduation. The graduate student deadline was Feb. 1. To be in the printed commencement program, both undergraduate and graduate students must apply by April 1 for their names to be listed. 

Step 2: Undergraduate and graduate students who want to walk in the CMCI Recognition Ceremony must register by April 1 on the CMCI website for your name to be listed in the CMCI printed program. This allows the college time to prepare the proper announcement of your name when you walk across the stage and to have your contact information for the ceremony photographer. May, August or December graduates are eligible to walk in the May 2020 CMCI ceremony. 

Step 3: Reserve your regalia. The university commencement ceremony is an academic ceremony; therefore, all participants must wear traditional CU academic regalia. Students are required to purchase or rent regalia. Visit the CU Commencement's website for more information. CMCI’s tassel is red.

Please arrive at CU Events Center at 8 a.m. on Friday to allow time for check in, a hydration break, and line up. Graduates and all guests are responsible for carrying any personal items they bring and all belongings are subject to metal detectors and the clear bag policy: bags must be plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” or be a one-gallon (or smaller) clear plastic Ziploc/freezer bag.  No other bags are permitted. 

What to wear:

You must wear regalia.

Bachelor's candidates: Wear your cap and gown upon arrival. Start with your tassel on the right side.

Master’s candidates: Wear your cap, gown and hood upon arrival. Start with your tassel on the left.

Doctoral candidates: Wear your cap and gown. You will be hooded on stage.

Where to go:

Upon arrival at 8 a.m., enter through the southwest doors at the CU Events Center. Be advised that you (and all guests) will be required to enter through metal detectors. 

  • Report to the check in table

  • Pick up your registration card and line up by degree program

  • Our staff will direct you to line-up by degree program at 8:30 a.m. Hydrate and take a break if you need to. 

Doors will open at 8 a.m. Enter through the southwest doors at the CU Events Center. Be advised that all guests will be required to enter through metal detectors. Family and friends should be seated by 8:45 a.m. All family and friends are allowed to sit anywhere that is not marked reserved, VIP, ADA/Disability or graduate seating. All seats are first-come, first served: the earlier you arrive, the better seats you can secure!

Guests with disabilities or accommodation needs who require accommodations at a recognition ceremony event (wheelchair seating, interpreters, assisted listening devices, etc.) should contact the ADA Compliance office at (303) 492-9725 or via email at least two weeks in advance of the event so appropriate arrangements can be made.  

Please join us for the reception in your honor directly after the ceremony in the large tents on the Business Field, just across the street from the Events Center!

What to Bring: Folsom Field & CU Events Center Policies

CU Events Center follows the Clear Bag Policy requirements. With the exception of medical bags, all other bags must meet the requirements below.

  • One clear bag no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”

  • A one-gallon sized clear freezer bag

  • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”

A full list of permitted and prohibited bags and other items is available for download.

Parking for Guests Requiring ADA Accessibility

Guests who need ADA Accessible parking may park in lots 440 (closest to the CU Events Center), 204, 346, 354, 359, 360, 380 and 440. A disability parking placard is not required to park in lots 204, 380 and 440.  A disability parking placard is required to park in lots 346, 354, 359 and 360.

  • All guests (and students) are subject to the Clear Bag Policy.

  • CU Events Center Concessions will be open for purchasing snacks and drinks.

  • Programs will be handed out throughout the CU Events Center Concourse as you enter through the doors.

  • Our professional photographer, Grad Images, will take pictures of all graduates as they are presented with a diploma cover. Grad Images will distribute contact cards to each student to fill out with their name, address and email. They will use this information to contact you after the ceremony to view and purchase your pictures.

  • Flowers are available for purchase on the upper level of the concourse behind section 7 & 8 and 23 & 24.

For more information, please visit the CU Commencement website.