Winter Grad Info     Winter Recognition Ceremonies     

Degree Conferral - Monday, December 14, 2020

Fall semester graduates are invited to participate in the Spring ceremony immediately following graduation from CU Boulder as there is no winter campus-wide commencement ceremony. The names of the December 2020 graduating students will be included in a combined list in the spring 2021 program. 

Applying for Graduation

December 2020 graduates should inform their dean’s office of their plans and check on the specific deadlines for applying for graduation.  The last day for winter 2020 students to apply to graduate to get their name in the commencement program is Thursday, April 1, 2021.  Master's and Doctoral students will need to file according to the Graduate School deadlines. 

Recognition of Graduates

While degrees are awarded three times during the year (May, August, and December), there is only one formal commencement ceremony in May. All graduates are invited to participate in the May Commencement ceremony. The commencement program includes those students who had graduated during the previous December, plus those students expected to graduate in May or the upcoming August before the beginning of the new academic year.

The names of the Fall 2020 graduating students will be included in a combined list in the program, and all graduating students will be recognized as a combined group during the conferral of degrees for each school and college. Winter graduates will be included in all college/school recognition ceremonies and receptions. The colleges/schools determine the program content of these events.

Important Dates for Winter Degree Conferral

  • October 1:  Last day for Undergraduate BAM Students to submit a Master's Continuation Form. Undergraduate BAM Students are also encouraged to apply to graduate by this date.
  • November 1:  Last day for MBA, Law, Master's, and Doctoral Students to submit a Fall 2020 graduation application in Buff Portal
  • November 1:  Last day for MBA, Law, Master's, and Doctoral Students to cancel a Fall 2020 graduation application in Buff Portal
  • December 7:  Last day for Undergraduate Students to submit, update or cancel a Fall 2020 graduation application in Buff Portal

For more information on applying for graduation, how to update your diploma name or address or other graduation process related questions, please visit the Office of the Registrar's Graduation & Commencement page.