Caps & Gowns

Congratulations on completing your degree! 

On this page, you will find several resources available to you as alumni of the University of Colorado.  

Forever Buffs

You are a Forever BuffYou are part of a family with 300,000 CU Boulder alumni who engage, contribute and celebrate CU.  The CU Boulder Alumni Association serves all Forever Buffs by providing meaningful experiences and valuable resources.  Be sure to stay connected to fellow Forever Buffs and CU Boulder.  

The Alumni Association Buffalo Legacy program honors current students and their family member who attended CU Boulder.  Graduating legacy students receive a free black and gold cord to wear with your cap and gown as a way to recognize your tie to a CU legacy family.  More information on the Buffalo Legacy program and how to request your cord is available on the Alumni Associations' website.  

Postgraduate Career Services

Career Services is available to assist you with your career plans after graduation.  Their goal is to support CU Boulder alumni with quality career management resources throughout every stage of their careers.  Check out their website for a full list of resources available to you, including:

  • Career Advising
  • Job Search Tools
  • Workshops and Events
  • Career Help by Life Stage

Diplomas & Diploma Covers

A standard-size paper diploma or certificate (11 inches x 8.5 inches) is mailed to every new graduate approximately eight weeks after the end of the semester in which you complete your degree requirements.  If you didn't establish a separate diploma address when you applied to graduate, your diploma will be mailed to your home address.  The post office will not forward your diploma if your address changes.  

Diploma covers may be mailed to you by your school, college or department as part of a recent grad mailing.  If they are not sent by your school, college or department, a diploma cover will be mailed along with your diploma.  Please see above regarding the diploma mailing timelines and how to update your diploma address.  

Learn More About Diplomas & Certificates

Transcripts & Deposit Refunds

Transcript Requests

Official transcripts are comprehensive records of your academic coursework and progress at the University of Colorado that reflect earned degrees as well as credits accepted in transfer or by exam.  Official transcripts may be ordered online through the Transcript Office

Confirmation Deposit Refund

Confirmation deposit refunds, less any outstanding debt, will be released approximately eight weeks after graduation.  Refunds will be directly deposited into your bank account so long as you have signed up for direct deposit via the BuffPortal.  See the Bursar's Office How To's page to find out how to sign up for direct deposit.

Other Resources

Graduate Study at CU Boulder

Continuing Education

Office of the Registrar