Please note that due to COVID-19, we will not be holding in-person ceremonies. Virtual events will be held and available online to graduates and loved ones.

This change does not affect degree status, and students still need to apply to graduate. Please see below about applying to graduate.

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 graduating in May (Spring) or August (Summer):

Students graduating in spring or summer 2020 are invited to take part in the May 2020 ceremonies. 

Be sure to apply for graduation via your Buff Portal as soon as possible if you plan to complete degree requirements in spring 2020 or summer 2020. The deadline to apply for graduation for spring 2020 is the last day of classes (April 30) but you must submit before April 1 to be included in our graduation materials.

May 2020 Graduation Recognition Events

CU Boulder hosts multiple options to celebrate graduation. University Commencement, detailed below, recognizes all CU Boulder grads. Many departments, programs and affiliate groups host recognition ceremonies, such as the Department of Computer Science ceremonies listed below. Students with additional majors might also have ceremonies for those departments.

All ceremonies are optional. You and your guests may choose to enjoy multiple, just one or none of them.

  • The University Commencement event will be held virtually on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Students are not recognized individually at the commencement event but celebrate as one large student body. This event includes conferral of degrees, an address from podcaster and author Dan Carlin, the senior class video, and more.
    Visit the commencement website for all details related to the main campus commencement ceremony.
  • Computer science students will be honored in a vitrual departmental ceremony.
  • The Computer Science virtual ceremony is set to premiere on Saturday, May 16th, at 10am. It will be available anytime after. The ceremony page opens at 9am so you can view student slides prior to the video premiere.
  • Graduates are also invited to return to campus in May 2021 for special events in recognition of their years of hard work to achieve their degrees.