What to Know Before You Go

It’s time! We can’t wait to formally recognize your accomplishments at the commencement ceremony. Here’s how to prepare and what to expect on the big day.

Where to Meet for the Commencement Ceremony

Campus parking will be free on the day of the commencement ceremony, but parking lots will fill up quickly. We recommend carpooling or catching a ride with a family member or guest if possible.

Head to Norlin Quad to begin the festivities. The spring commencement ceremony at CU Boulder begins with a time-honored tradition: the procession of graduates and faculty from the Norlin Quad to Folsom Field. Arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. at Norlin Quad to join this special procession through campus.

  • 7–8 a.m.—Complimentary refreshments will be available to all graduating students. Then, follow the signs to find your college or school to prepare for the procession to Folsom Field.
  • 8 a.m.—Procession departs promptly from Norlin Quad.
  • 8–8:45 a.m.—Follow the standard-bearer for your college or school through Folsom Field security. You’ll enter the stadium through Gate 14 or 18 on the north end.

The commencement ceremony will last around 90 minutes. This is your moment—enjoy yourself and soak it all in!

Where to Sit in the Stadium

You will sit in a single-file line with your fellow graduates. Once you enter the stadium, make sure you are lined up with other members of your college or program and follow the directions of the commencement marshals in the yellow stoles.

Commencement Seating Map

What to Bring & Leave Behind

The procession will pass through security screening before entering the stadium. This will include walk-through metal detectors and may include wanding. To expedite the security screening, please keep personal items to a minimum. If you need to bring more items with you, please refer to the Folsom Field clear bag policy

Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

  • Non-factory-sealed beverages or filled liquid containers, such as thermoses
  • Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
  • Glass or metal bottles or cans
  • Professional-grade video or camera equipment, tripods or monopods
  • Flyers and signs larger than 11” x 17”

Items such as cellphones and keys are fine.

How to Stay Informed Throughout the Day

Keep an eye on this commencement site and CU Boulder’s social media channels for information on the commencement ceremony. If you haven’t already, sign up for CU Boulder Alerts in case there are any last-minute updates.

Find Your Specific Recognition Ceremony

In addition to the commencement ceremony, plan to attend the recognition ceremony hosted by your college, school, department or program. At your recognition ceremony, you may have your name called as you cross the stage.

View Recognition Ceremony Schedule