Grad Appreciation Days is a weeklong celebration of YOU, our graduates in the Class of 2022. Between April 25 and 28, the CU Boulder community will host a variety of events and in-person opportunities open to all graduating students. Check out the schedule below and prepare to begin the celebration! 


Cap Decorating at the CU Book Store

April 25–27
9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Visit the CU Book Store to purchase your regalia and take some time to decorate your mortarboard cap to wear during commencement. Decorating supplies will be provided.

Graduate taking a photo on campusCampus Photo Opportunities

April 25–28
All Day
Variety of Locations

Are you ready to be in your cap and gown for photos? Graduating students will have the opportunity to take photos at several iconic campus locations on their own, with a group of friends or classmates, or they can even hire a photographer for a personal photo shoot.  

Check out the campus map for a complete list of locations will be provided here in advance, and students will be encouraged to share their photos on social media using #ForeverBuffs.

Campus Photo Ops Locations

Featured locations (available April 25 - 27) with our inflatable Commencement photo frames include:

  • Varsity Lake
  • Folsom Field Plaza Ralphie Statue
  • CU Events Center Plaza Ralphie Statue

Senior Class Grab & Go Breakfast

April 27
9:30–11:30 a.m.
Hellems lawn

Grab a free burrito from Cafe Mexicali. Vegan options are available.

People at Grad BashGrad Bash

April 28
4–7 p.m.
Koenig Alumni Center

Your accomplishments deserve a party! Join your fellow Class of 2022 Forever Buffs at Grad Bash 2022 on Thursday, April 28, to celebrate in style. This is your opportunity to kick back and enjoy music, free food and drinks, and plenty of prizes.

Register for this free event in advance to receive a special graduation gift to celebrate your next step as a Forever Buff. Learn more about all of the great benefits available to you beyond graduation during this culmination of Grad Appreciation Days. Each Class of 2022 grad can bring one guest.

Register for Grad Bash