Published: May 5, 2016

The University of Colorado Boulder’s 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Folsom Field.

Traffic Impacts

Increased traffic is expected on the major arteries that lead to and from Boulder beginning early on Saturday morning and continuing into Saturday afternoon.  Increased traffic is also expected on campus roadways and parking lots surrounding Folsom Stadium. 

On Thursday, Plenary Roads Denver (PRD) announced that tolls on US 36 Express Lanes will be waived for University of Colorado’s graduation. This one-time free toll day will be effective on Saturday from 6-9:30 a.m. in westbound lanes from Federal Boulevard through Foothills Parkway toll points and from 3-6:30 p.m. in eastbound lanes from Foothills Parkway through Federal Boulevard toll points.

A construction zone has been established near Foothills Parkway at the end of the westbound US 36 Express Lanes and just before the beginning of the eastbound US 36 Express Lanes.  This construction zone may cause backups.  Additional travel time is recommended to drivers who are coming to Boulder on Highway 36.

Parking Availability

We recommend guests arrive early before the ceremony to allow adequate time to get to campus as well as from the parking areas to the stadium. The majority of parking will be available off Regent Drive. Parking attendants will direct you to available lots in the area; parking meters, pay stations, and several of the parking lots on campus are free the day of commencement (except Euclid Auto Park). Please consult the parking map to find those free lots and spaces.

Guests who need ADA-accessible parking may park in lots south of the stadium; parking attendants on-site will direct you to the available lots in the area.  A disability parking placard is required to park in this area, please have your placard displayed when arriving on campus. A drop-off area for those who have difficulty walking will be at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Folsom Street, southeast of the stadium. It is best to access the drop-off area well before the student procession reaches the stadium at approximately 8:15 a.m.

Courtesy Shuttle Parking

Complimentary shuttle bus service will be available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (in 15-minute intervals) to provide transportation to and from the public parking areas and the stadium.  These shuttle stops are indicated on the Spring Commencement Parking Map. For more details on Commencement, please see their webpage.