Graduation remarks from the International Affairs Director, Tom Zeiler, for the class of 2020. Congratuations graduates!

Welcome to this virtual celebration of your completion of the International Affairs major. We know that you had an unusual end to a great career here at CU, but like your family and friends, we - the International Affairs faculty and staff - congratulate you on this milestone and expect that your academic achievements will open great opportunities for further study or careers, whether in the United States or in the global arena.

A PDF of the graduation program, including class of 2020 graduate names, has been emailed to all graduating students. If any students and families would like the PDF emailed to them, please send a request to

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

graduation cap with globeFirst and foremost, congratulations on graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder! Although the university has cancelled all in-person spring commencement activities, including the university-wide ceremony and departmental recognition ceremonies, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to celebrate you! While we are unable to celebrate your achievements in-person at this time, we hope you will join us next spring (May 2021) so we can celebrate you. If you have any questions, please email We are proud of you and honored to call you an IAFS alumni!

Spring 2021
We know many of you will have travelled or moved beyond Boulder, and we hope you (with your families and friends) will be able to return and participate in the Spring 2021 graduation ceremony for International Affairs. We will have special recognition for the graduates that would have walked in the 2020 ceremony and you will all be able to walk across the stage with personal recognition in our spring 2021 graduation program. In January 2021, we will reach out to you to see if you are planning to return and the details for that ceremony.

Other graduation information:

  • Your mailed graduation items including: diploma, diploma cover, caps and tassels, university programs, awards, medals, certificates, and more will be sent to your permanent address on file
  • Your permanent address on file is according to the Registrar’s office – it is your responsibility to check your permanent address on file (BuffPortal) and update as needed