• Review your degree requirements with your advisor. Verify graduation deadlines for your college and your deans’ office.

  • Apply for graduation online through the student portal.  More information available on Registrar’s Graduation webpage.

  • Update your permanent address in the BuffPortal to ensure you receive your diploma. Diplomas are mailed about eight weeks after the commencement ceremony. If the address shown will be incorrect at that time, select "Change Address" to create a new diploma address. The post office will not forward your diploma if you submit a change of address with them.

  • Clear your records. Incompletes (I) and Incomplete Fails (IF) can stop graduation. Your professor must clear them before the deadline set by your dean’s office. This also holds true for Continuing Education courses. Grades must be in before the deadlines, and your dean’s office must be notified.

  • Drop further courses. If you have already registered for future courses in your current degree program for an upcoming term but are graduating, it is your responsibility to drop all your courses. Students who graduate and plan to enroll at CU Boulder for further study must reapply to the university for a graduate degree or a second bachelor’s degree. Those who simply wish to take coursework without pursuing a degree should consider applying through Continuing Education as nondegree students, which does not require an application fee or transcripts. Please call the Office of Admissions at 303-492-6301 for further information on degree programs or Continuing Education at 303-492-5148 for nondegree student information.


  • Pay outstanding bills.  Any financial obligations you have (fines, tickets, fees, etc.) must be cleared at the Bursar’s Office in Regent 150. You can view and pay your bill on BuffPortal. (See detailed instructions on the Bursar’s Office website.)

  • Sign up for direct deposit.  Confirmation deposit refunds, less outstanding debt, will be released by the Bursar’s Office and will be directly deposited into your bank account.  You are required to sign up for direct deposit on BuffPortal to receive your refund. See the Bursar's Office Refund page for more information.

  • Senior Class Gift:  The Seniors Creating Future Buffs Scholarship provides the opportunity to give back to the heart of the university: its students. Come together with thousands of other seniors to make this scholarship a reality. Make a donation of any amount.


  • Purchase your academic regalia (cap, tassel, gown, hood) so you are ready to celebrate in commencement style.

  • Visit the CU Book Store for your graduation announcements, diploma frame and college ring information.

  • Contact Career Services for help writing your résumé and other career-related help.

  • Learn more about the spirit of Forever Buffs and how connecting with the Alumni Association now can help you with your career, meeting new Buff friends and relocation advice. Membership in Forever Buffs is free.

  • As a CU Boulder alum, you’ll have access to a variety of free resources–including career coaching sessions, access to hundreds of events each year, and more–to help you thrive in the next chapter of your life. Update your information to learn more about the perks of being a Forever Buff.

  • Take care of health insurance. Your policy eligibility might change based on age, dependency or student status. Alumni of the University of Colorado Boulder can receive access to group health insurance rates through Liberty Mutual. Contact the Alumni Association at 303-492-8484 or go to the Alumni Association website for more information. For graduating students enrolled in a university health plan, coverage will continue through the end of the policy (check with the insurance company for specific dates).

Should your plans to graduate change, notify your dean’s office immediately.

Be connected. Be celebrated. Be involved.