Run of show

  • 5:00-7:00 a.m.—Live interviews with CU Boulder spokespeople available
  • 6:45 a.m.—Folsom Field opens
  • 7:00 a.m.—Walk with CU media relations to Norlin Quad for student interviews
  • 7:15-7:45 a.m.—Interview opportunities with students and Chancellor Phil DiStefano 
  • 7:50 a.m.—Stage for video of procession
  • 8:00 a.m.—Procession begins
  • 8:20 a.m.—Media must be inside Folsom Field
  • 8:30 a.m.—Commencement ceremony begins
  • 11 a.m. (roughly)—Commencement ceremony ends
  • 12 p.m. (roughly)—Folsom Parking Garage reopens

A media workroom is available throughout and after the ceremony. Media must be accompanied by a member of CU Boulder media relations to access the workroom.

Commencement by the numbers 

The following are combined Fall ’23 and Spring and Summer ’24 numbers as of May 3, 2024:

  • 9,310 individual graduates 
  • 9,470 total degrees being awarded  
  • 464 Doctoral degrees
  • 1,789 Masters degrees
  • 141 MBA degrees 
  • 194 Law degrees
  • 6,882 Undergraduate degrees 

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  • $4.3B annual economic impact in Colorado
  • 154,000+ alumni reside in Colorado 
  • 12 research institutes
  • 87 research centers
  • #1 public university for NASA research funding

About this year’s ceremony

  • Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and a technology entrepreneur, will deliver the 2024 Commencement address. 
  • Chancellor Philip DiStefano will give his last commencement speech as chancellor. 

Social media

As media assets become available, they will be shared through the official CU Boulder Strategic Relations and Communications Twitter account, @CUBoulderNews. Follow along at @CUBoulder for general commencement information. Use #ForeverBuffs for all commencement-related content.