To IAFS graduates of spring, summer, or fall 2020:

graduation capAs you may already know, the Office of the Chancellor at CU Boulder has cancelled all in-person spring commencement activities, including the university-wide ceremony and departmental recognition ceremonies, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). This cancellation announcement includes the International Affairs Program graduation ceremony that was scheduled for May 7, 2020. We are understand how difficult this may be for many, and we empathize alongside you. Leaders across the university, including the staff of the International Affairs Program, are exploring alternative/virtual options that will enable us to celebrate the graduates of the spring, summer, and fall 2020 class.

The university and the International Affairs Program does not currently offer fall commencement ceremonies – at this time, we are not planning to have a fall 2020 ceremony. Any updates for commencement will be communicated with you as they are made. Please inform your families, friends, and others who may be impacted by this decision. We are unable to send program emails to parents/guardians/families directly, so we ask you to share this information with them as you see fit. Please stay current on all campus updates at

  • Students will receive their official diploma via mail (the permanent address they have on file according to the Registrar's office) when they have completed their degree.
  • Below, we have included the most recent (3/17/20) message from the Chancellor, and a few key memos from the program.
  • For IAFS graduation ceremony updates, please visit
  • If you have immediate questions regarding the International Affairs Program graduation ceremony that are not answered in the information below, please email since our staff is working remotely and there may be a delay in answering voicemails.
  • If you have an academic question about graduating this year, please contact your IAFS academic advisor.

Thank you,
International Affairs Program
University of Colorado Boulder

From the Chancellor: Canceling in-person spring commencement activities

Published: March 17, 2020

During this extraordinary time, we are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment, resulting in some very difficult decisions.

As with many institutions across the country, it is with great regret that we are announcing the cancellation of our in-person commencement on May 7, as well as all college, school and department-based recognition ceremonies, due to COVID-19.

You are likely aware of the unprecedented federal and state government restrictions on large public gatherings announced this week. With this in mind, and given the early date of our ceremonies this year and the uncertainty of travel restrictions for the families of our large population of out-of-state and international students, we have decided to announce the cancellation today. Most importantly, we want to do everything we can to ensure that all of our students, faculty, staff and their families remain safe and healthy. 

In collaboration with the leadership of our colleges and schools, we are exploring virtual options that will enable our community to celebrate the latest class of CU Boulder graduates remotely, and we will follow up with more information and details as these plans develop. In the meantime, we encourage all students eligible to graduate this semester to apply for graduation via the Office of the Registrar by no later than April 30, 2020.

We deeply regret the cancellation of our in-person celebration of our graduates and their achievements, and we thank you once again for your understanding, patience and citizenship during this challenging time that requires all of us to apply flexibility and creativity in a variety of new ways as a community.

Please stay current on all campus updates at

Philip DiStefano
Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder

International Affairs Program General Graduation Information

  • Our May 7, 2020 in-person ceremony has been cancelled. Alternative, virtual, and/or postponed in-person ceremonies are being looked into and we will communicate updates once available.

  • Students will receive their official diploma via mail (the permanent address they have on file according to the Registrar's office) when they have completed their degree.

  • Fall graduates: There is no ceremony for Fall/December commencement for the department or the university. Due to the nature of COVID-19 cancelling ceremonies for spring 2020, fall 2020 plans university-wide and IAFS program specific are currently being revisited and updates will be communicated once determined.