We will come together to recognize the many accomplishments of our graduates and mark their passage into the company of scholars at 8:30 a.m. MDT Thursday, May 11, 2023. The main commencement ceremony will be held at Folsom Field stadium. No tickets or registration required.

Many colleges, schools, departments, programs and groups hold individual recognition ceremonies in the days following the main commencement ceremony in the spring. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Highlights of the Commencement Ceremony

The commencement ceremony lasts about 3 hours and features the following elements:

  • Processional
  • Reading of the CU Boulder Land Acknowledgement
  • Remarks by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano
  • Congratulatory message from CU President Todd Saliman
  • Commencement speaker address 
  • Senior Class Council address
  • Senior class celebratory video
  • Acknowledgment of Chancellor’s Recognition Awards and Outstanding Graduates
  • Conferral of degrees by college and school
  • Welcome to the Forever Buffs family
  • Reading of the Norlin Charge by a University of Colorado Regent
  • Performance of the alma mater


All commencement events will be held in accordance with applicable campus policies and public health guidelines with the goal of providing a safe and meaningful experience for all. Please visit CU Boulder’s COVID-19 Updates page for the latest on public health measures applicable to university events.