Step 1: Apply for Graduation

  • Graduation deadline for undergraduates: The most important thing leading up to graduation is remembering to apply for graduation. April 30 is the deadline for undergraduates to apply to graduate.
  • Graduation deadlines for doctoral and master’s students: Exam and thesis deadlines have been extended for doctoral and master's students who applied to graduate by the deadline and are planning to have their degrees awarded in May 2020.
  • Update your permanent address: Update your permanent address at BuffPortal to ensure you receive your diploma. Diplomas and diploma covers will be mailed about eight weeks after the commencement ceremony. The post office will not forward your diploma.

Step 2: Order Cap and Gown

Order your regalia

Undergraduate students: If you wish to purchase a cap and gown, you can still do so online through the CU Book Store. Order by May 3 to ensure delivery before the May 16, 2020, ceremony. Please note that you are not required to purchase a cap and gown for the virtual ceremony.

Master’s and doctoral students: If you wish to purchase or rent full regalia and/or a master's or doctoral hood, you can still do so online through the Jostens website. We recommend ordering as soon as possible, as it can take 3–4 weeks to process orders. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost.

  • Plan ahead for your opportunity to decorate your mortarboard and share your celebratory photos during the livestreamed event.
  • If you have purchased or rented a cap and gown and no longer wish to keep it, refunds are available. Learn more about cap and gown orders and returns.

Step 3: Review the Pre-graduation Checklist

Review the pre-graduation checklist to make sure you have completed all of the requirements to be elibible to graduate.


Step 4: Order Your Legacy Cord

Did your parent or grandparent attend CU Boulder, too? Then you’re a Buffalo Legacy and the Alumni Association is honored to celebrate your family’s connection to CU with a special commencement cord. Register today to have your free legacy cord mailed directly to you.