This information is supplied by the Graduate School at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The links below provide the necessary forms and information to complete the requirements for graduation. Please review deadlines carefully for the semester in which you plan to earn your degree. If at any time you have any questions or problems, please contact the Graduate School at 303-492-8220 or

Graduation Deadlines

This includes all the deadlines for upcoming semesters. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate School by the deadlines for the indicated graduation. These deadlines apply regardless of attendance at the commencement ceremony. (Note: if you do not meet the graduation deadline for your final exam, but can complete the exam before the first day of class for the upcoming semester, you will not be required to register for another semester, but your paperwork will be processed for the next scheduled commencement date. Plan ahead carefully, as this means the exam must be done on or before the Friday before classes begin.) International students in F-1 or J-1 status must consult with International Student and Scholar Services (located in the Center for the Community, room S355) in these cases. F-1 and J-1 regulations require enrollment in order to maintain valid F-1 or J-1 status.  You must be advised by an ISSS advisor if you will not have future enrollment.

Online Graduation Application 

Students must must apply online to graduate through buff portal on the “apply for graduation” card in order to have the degree awarded. This notifies the Graduate School and your department that you intend to graduate, and it provides necessary information to the Registrar's Office for ordering and shipping diplomas. If you do not complete requirements for the graduation you indicate on the online application, you must apply online to graduate for the new graduation date. You must apply to graduate online whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony.  Detailed instructions for applying to graduate

Candidacy Application for an Advanced Degree

The courses you and your department agree will be used to fulfill the requirements for your degree program are listed on this form.  Applications follow a workflow process and must be approved by the academic department before they are directed to the Graduate School.

Master Examination Report

All students completing a thesis must present a final defense of the thesis to the thesis committee. Notice of the examination must be provided to the Graduate School using the master's final examination form two weeks before the exam with the date and committee members names, for committee approval.Through a workflow process, the Graduate School and your graduate program must approve your committee, and the form will be sent to your committee members. The completed form with committee member signatures will be returned to the Graduate School and your graduate program.

Thesis Specifications & Submission Information  

The specifications document includes all the necessary information for formatting your thesis. The Graduate School strongly encourages you to email your document for a pre-check of the format, prior to the deadline date, before submitting electronically. Please email a pdf of your document to gradinfo@colorado.eduThe dissertation must be submitted electronically, by the deadline, to ProQuest/UMI. The Thesis Approval Form (TAF) must be uploaded as a one page supplememental file with the thesis in order for the submission to be complete. 

Thesis Final Grade Report 

All students completing a thesis plan master's degree will be assigned a grade for thesis hours. Please contact your graduate program assistant to ensure that the final grade report process has been initiated by your department.

Commencement, Transcript, and Diploma Information

Be sure to see the CU Boulder commencement website for information about upcoming conferral, recognition and commencement activities.. Ensure that you have updated your diploma name and address by the posted deadline; learn more about diplomas and transcripts on the Office of the Registrar's website