Students graduating in Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 are invited to attend the Department of Computer Science recognition ceremony on Friday, May 11th. This where spring and summer Computer Science graduates (BA, BS, ME, MS, PhD) can cross the stage to receive your diploma cover and have your name announced. Your family and friends are invited to attend. See details below.

Be sure to apply for graduation via myCUinfo as soon as possible if you plan to complete degree requirements in Spring 2018 or Summer 2018. The deadline to apply for graduation for Spring 2018 is the last day of classes, May 3rd. The deadline to apply for graduation and have your name included in printed ceremony materials was April 1.

Note: the CU Boulder campus-wide commencement ceremony will be Thursday, May 10th at Folsom Field. See the commencement website for more information.

May 2018 Department Ceremony Details

Date: Friday, May 11th

Time: Students should arrive at 3 p.m. to check in. Ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.

Location: Macky Auditorium; students check in at Eaton Humanities building.

Graduating students, please RSVP on behalf of your guests. If you plan to attend but have not submitted your RSVP, please do so immediately. Click here to RSVP. There will not be tickets for this event, but we are counting on the numbers you have already submitted. The numbers are very important because it is what we have used to make sure we would have enough seats in Macky (and to make sure we wouldn't have to institute a ticketing policy). IF YOU HAVE ALREADY FILLED OUT THE RSVP FORM, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IT AGAIN. If you have changes to your existing response, please email

NEW: For the first time this year, we are going to be live streaming the department ceremony, available at or on page:

We will also record the event and it will be available post-production. 


  • Cap and gown are encouraged, available through the CU Book Store.

  • Students will cross the stage and receive a diploma cover as their name is called.

  • Prohibited items: the following are not allowed inside Macky Auditorium:

    • Outside food or drink or alcohol. Unopened commercial bottled water is allowed
    • Drugs, including marijuana
    • Glassware
    • Balloons
    • Stickers, confetti or streamers
    • Unapproved signs of banners
    • Large bags or backpacks
    • Animals, with the exception of service animals with appropriate identification
    • Skateboards, skates, bicycles and non-ADA mobility devices
    • Weapons
    • Smoking: The University of Colorado Boulder is a non-smoking campus, including all areas in Macky and surrounding spaces. There is a designated smoking area south of the venue, across Pleasant Street by the steps of Old Main.
  • Grad Images Photography will be present at the ceremony.

  • Light reception on Varsity Lawn immediately follows the ceremony.

  • There is now an interactive campus map showing layers for the main commencement ceremony, departmental recognition ceremonies, parking, and bus routes. You can filter by day, and click the graduation cap icons for additional information.

  • See additional information on the university's commencement website for details about cap & gown, announcements, transcripts, and more.

  • The department recognition ceremony is different than the University Commencement event, which will be held Thursday, May 10th at 8:30 a.m. at Folsom Field. Students are not recognized individually at the commencement event. See the link above for all details related to the main campus commencement ceremony, including what guests are/are not allowed to bring into the stadium.

  • Students with additional majors might also have ceremonies for those departments. All ceremonies are optional: you and your guests may choose to attend both/all, just one, or none of them.

When students apply online for graduation, their names go onto the graduation roster for the term they specify. Participation in graduation ceremonies is optional. Students who choose to participate in recognition ceremonies should walk in the ceremony for the term in which they are graduating:

  • Students graduating in May: walk in May

  • Students graduating in August: walk in May because there are no ceremonies in August, your name will automatically be included for May events

  • Students graduating in December: walk in December (College of Engineering ceremony, there is no campus-wide or CS department ceremony in December)

Walk Only

In some cases, students who previously graduated or will graduate in another term want to participate in the spring graduation events. The Walk Only form is for students whose names are NOT on the May or August 2018 graduation rosters, but who still want to participate in the May 2018 department ceremony. In order to be included in the May event, you must complete the Walk Only form no later than April 1, although earlier is better. To complete this form you must be must be logged into Google with your CU Boulder credentials; see the OIT G Suite page for help. Students completing this form should also contact their academic advisor to confirm their expected graduation date.  

Some reasons students may wish to “walk only” include:

  • Example 1: If a student completed/will complete degree requirements in December but wants to participate in a May ceremony. You MUST complete the form.

  • Example 2: If a student is completing CSCI-BA major requirements as a Post Degree Additional Major in Arts & Sciences, DO NOT submit a graduation application online since you are not actually graduating a second time but you are welcome to walk in our department ceremony. You MUST complete the form.

  • Example 3: BS/MS students may walk two times, one for their BS and one for their MS.  If a student is graduating with a BS/MS in Spring 2019 that will be the official graduation date for both degrees; however, you have the option to walk in Spring 2018 to celebrate the BS degree separate from the MS degree. You MUST complete the form.