When students apply online for graduation, their names go onto the graduation roster for the term they specify. Participation in graduation ceremonies is optional. 

If you are nearing graduation, be sure to work with your advisor to complete all degree requirements and the necessary Apply for Degree paperwork.

Visit the College of Engineering graduation page for more details and links.



Students graduating in December (Fall):

All Computer Science students graduating in December are included in the ceremony for the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 

See the CEAS graduation webpage for more information.


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

Students graduating in spring or summer 2021 are invited to take part in the May 2021 ceremonies. 

Be sure to apply for graduation via your Buff Portal as soon as possible if you plan to complete degree requirements in spring 2021 or summer 2021. For undergrads, the deadline to apply for graduation for spring 2021 is the last day of classes (April 29) but you must submit before April 1 to be included in our graduation materials. For grad students, April 1 is the last day to submit or cancel a graduation application. See your academic advisor for any questions.

May 2021 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 Thursday, May 6, 2021. Students are not recognized individually at the commencement event but celebrate as one large student body. This event includes conferral of degrees, a prominent guest speaker, 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 virtual departmental ceremony.
    • Link to Computer Science Ceremony: https://virtualgrad.marchingorder.com/colorado/278/iii/ 
    • The Computer Science video will open for viewing at 1pm on May 6th, and can be streamed at any time after it opens. This means you and your loved ones can enjoy the ceremony whenever it best fits your celebration schedule. The link has also been emailed to graduating students.
    • This video will include individual names, as well as remarks from our faculty and a selection of memories. No special software is needed to access or view the video--everything will be hosted on the webpage.
  • Graduates will be invited to return to campus at a future date for special events in recognition of their years of hard work to achieve their degrees.


Regalia (aka Caps & Gowns):

Information is now available on the University Commencement website (https://www.colorado.edu/commencement/spring-ceremony/spring-cap-gown-info) for students on how to get their regalia.  A couple important items of note:

  • Undergraduate students purchase regalia from the CU Book Store either in-store or online, with options for in-store pick-up or shipping.
  • Graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral) wear regalia purchased online from Jostens. 
    • Graduate regalia is now “ship-to-home keeper” regalia and is not rented/does not need to be returned.
  • Students are not required to purchase a cap & gown to participate in the ceremonies.