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.
Check out Grad Appreciation Days for some on-campus opportunities to celebrate and mark the occasion!
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.
The 2020 Engineering Graduation Ceremony will premiere on December 15th. 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.
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.