The stadium gates will open at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the ceremony. Guests should be in their seats by 8:15 a.m. in order to watch the student processional into the stadium. Early arrival guarantees the best seating (see Seating in Folsom Field for specific details). No tickets are required for the ceremony.

The event will be held in Folsom Field regardless of the weather.  Colorado weather in May can be unpredictable. We therefore encourage guests to watch the weather forecast so that they may plan and dress accordingly. In the event of inclement weather,  the ceremony will be held in abbreviated form.  

Allowed Items at Folsom FieldFolsom Field Clear Bag Policy Enforced

Folsom Field complies with all TSA and Homeland Security prohibited items lists.  The only bags allowed are bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” or a one-gallon (or smaller) clear plastic Ziploc/freezer bag.  No other bags are permitted at all; including backpacks, diaper bags, and other similar bags.  More details on Folsom Field Policies are available on the Athletics website.

For Your Safety

The University of Colorado Boulder works diligently to provide for the safety of our graduates, their families, and their friends during the Spring 2023 Commencement Exercises. You can do your part by noting the following:

  • Prior to entering the stadium gates, all patrons are subject to security screening, which may include walk-through metal detectors, electronic wanding & inspection of bags or other personal items. 

  • Review the Clear Bag Policy for Folsom Field

  • Review the List of Items Prohibited in Folsom Field. Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

    • Non-factory sealed beverages or filled liquid containers including all thermoses
    • Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs (including medical marijuana)
    • Glass or metal bottles or cans
    • Professional-grade video or camera equipment (e.g. telephoto lenses), tripods, or monopods
    • Flyers and signs larger than 11" x 17"
  • Once you are seated in Folsom Field, locate the nearest exit to your seat. If you are seated on the field level, you should exit north (toward Dal Ward Athletic Center).

  • Listen carefully and follow any instructions which may be issued by the Master of Ceremonies or other public safety authority.

  • Parents should keep their children with them at all times.

  • Pay particular attention to the safety of any elderly persons or persons with disabilities.

  • If directed to evacuate Folsom Field, please move away from the stadium and remain outside until you have been given an “all-clear” by a public safety authority.

  • If necessary, seek assistance from a robed Commencement marshal, uniformed police officer, or designated security guard.


A limited variety of concessions will be available for purchase including coffee, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, Danishes, and various snacks.