The Department's recognition ceremony is where each student is recognized by name and crosses the stage to receive a diploma cover. This is separate from the university commencement ceremony, which is where students from all departments are invited to participate. The chancellor of the Boulder campus officially confers degrees and tassels are switched at the campus-wide ceremony. For more information, please see the CU Boulder commencement page.

The Department's recognition ceremony now takes place only once each year, in May.  If you are graduating in summer or fall, you can request to participate in the May ceremony -- either the May before or after you officially graduate -- by emailing IPHYInfo@colorado.eduThe names of students graduating in summer or fall will be included in a combined list in the spring program. 

Note: Participating in a ceremony does NOT mean you have officially graduated from the university. See Academic Advising for information on what you need to do to ensure you have met all requirements. Contact your academic advisor with questions.

Important Information for IPHY Graduates

With the cancellation of the in-person IPHY commencement ceremony, the IPHY department is putting together a departmental commencement video that will be posted on the IPHY website by Saturday, May 16. The video will recognize each student individually to celebrate your accomplishments. Please provide your IPHY graduation slide information via this google form by Friday, April 24. Unfortunately we must firmly enforce this deadline in order to complete the video in time. In addition, all spring 2020 graduates will be welcomed back to attend any future IPHY in-person commencement ceremony. All questions should be directed to

CU Boulder Spring 2020 Livestream Commencement Ceremony—Saturday, May 16 at 12:00pm

The main university livestream commencement ceremony will go live at noon MDT on, May 16 and will feature all of the core traditional elements of the in-person commencement,including:

  • National anthem, Norlin Charge, and alma mater
  • Remarks by Chancellor DiStefano, Senior Class Council President Chad Brokaw
  • Congratulatory messages from CU President Kennedy, the Board of Regents
  • Remote delivery of the commencement address by Dan Carlin
  • Chancellor’s Recognition Awards and Outstanding Graduates by school/college
  • Traditional senior class video
  • Conferral of degrees
  • Social media engagement opportunities