You are eligible to graduate at the end of the term in which you officially and successfully complete all requirements for the degree(s) and major(s) you're pursuing. You must apply to graduate in MyCUInfo for the term in which you will complete your degree requirements (see Apply for Graduation for step-by-step instructions). Degrees are conferred at the end of the fall, spring or summer semesters. 


Grad Bash

On the last day of spring classes, the Herd and the Alumni Association host a party to celebrate the university's new graduates. Usually held at the Koenig Alumni Center from 4 to 8 p.m., the event includes free food and drinks, a graduation gift, DJ and representatives from groups across campus. For details or to RSVP, see Spring Ceremony Grad Info.


The campuswide commencement ceremony is held at the end of spring semester (May). CU Boulder does not confer degrees until official grades are posted and each college, school and program has verified that their students have satisfactorily completed their degree requirements. Track your degree progress by viewing your degree audit in MyCUInfo.

If you expect to complete your degree requirements in the summer or fall, you may still participate in the May ceremony. Visit the Commencement website for details.


The commencement program lists the names of students who either graduated (fall semester) or applied to graduate (spring or summer semester) in that academic year. For example, students listed in the 2017–18 commencement program did one of the following:

  • graduated in Fall 2017,
  • submitted their Spring 2018 graduation application by April 1, 2018, or
  • submitted their Summer 2018 graduation application by April 1, 2018.

Students who submit a Fall 2019 graduation application will be listed in the following year's commencement program.

If you’re expecting to complete your degree requirements in spring or summer, submit your graduation application by the publication deadline (April 1) to have your name included in the commencement program. Contact your dean's office or the Office of the Registrar (303-492-6970) for more information.


A diploma is mailed to every new graduate approximately eight weeks after the end of the semester. If you did not enter a diploma address in MyCUInfo (see step 5 in Apply for Graduation), your diploma will be mailed to your home address.

Please note that diplomas will only be mailed if you have satisfied all of your financial obligations within one year after graduation. Students who resolve their financial hold after the allotted time must order a replacement diploma.

To order a replacement or display diploma after graduation, see Order a Diploma.


See Graduation & Diploma FAQs.