Join the CU Boulder campus in honoring our newest graduates at the spring commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 9, where 8,619 degrees will be awarded. The event will feature CU Boulder alumna and correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC Savannah Sellers as the speaker.
The ceremony will honor fall 2018 and 2019 spring and summer degree candidates, including 6,595 bachelor’s degrees, 1,421 master’s degrees, 176 law degrees and 427 doctoral degrees.*
Stadium gates open at 7 a.m. Guests should be in their seats by 8:15 a.m. to watch the student processional. Attendees should leave ample time for traffic, parking and security screening. City and campus roads may be congested for approximately one and a half hours before the ceremony and about an hour afterward.
The only bags allowed are bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" or one-gallon (or smaller) clear plastic food-storage-type bags. No other bags are permitted—including backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags.
The ceremony is held outdoors regardless of weather, and attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for Colorado’s ever-changing conditions. In the event of heavy rain or snow, an abbreviated ceremony will be held. Follow local media and alerts.colorado.edu for any weather-related delays.
Early arrival is recommended. Guests attending departmental recognition ceremonies directly following the main ceremony are encouraged to park in areas near their department ceremony. (Please review the “Department Recognition Ceremonies” webpage for specific locations.)
Check out the campus map for a visual of the affected areas during commencement.
CU Boulder alumna Savannah Sellers—correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and co-host of Stay Tuned, NBC’s Generation Z news brand—will give the commencement address.
Sellers, who also hosts NBC News for Universal Kids, the only daily TV news program created specifically for kids, was invited by CU Boulder’s Senior Class Council. She has covered an array of politics and pop culture topics, ranging from the issue of gun violence in America—with exclusive interviews with several of the students from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—to focusing on the trends and social issues most vital to the millennial and Gen Z generations.
At age 27, she is among the university’s youngest commencement speakers—if not the youngest.
College, department ceremonies
Many departments within CU Boulder’s schools and colleges will hold events to personally recognize their graduates. Students should check with their individual departments for more information.
Cap and gown info
All students are required to wear regalia to participate in the spring 2019 commencement ceremony. Learn more here.
Honorary degrees, University Medal
Stanley Ruttenberg (1926–2017) will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Science in recognition of his significant contributions to science, the arts and public service.
Herman A. Shelanski will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Science in recognition of his leadership and achievements in introducing behavioral science into military decision-making.
Peter Zoller will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Science in recognition of his pioneering work in physics and his enduring association with CU Boulder.
Kazunori Takato, a founding member of the Global Ambassadors, will be awarded the University Medal in recognition of his decades of generous service to the University of Colorado and its alumni.
More than 250,000 CU Boulder alumni are part of the Forever Buffs community with access to all of the programs, events, benefits and services offered by the Alumni Association dues-free for life.
- No. 5 all-time for alumni serving in the Peace Corps, with 2,512
- 14 astronauts
- Byron White, Supreme Court justice
- Matt Stone; co-creator and executive producer, South Park
- Cynthia Lawrence, opera singer
- Roy Romer, Colorado governor
- Kate Brown, Oregon governor
- Mary Decker Slaney, world-class runner
- Rick Reilly, sports writer
- Savannah Sellers, correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
- Billy Kidd, Olympic skier
- Roberta Ramo, first female president of the American Bar Association
- Jim Gray, television sportscaster for ESPN, CBS and NBC
- Hank Brown, U.S. senator
- David Grusin, composer
- Jeanne Jackson; CEO, Banana Republic, Walmart.com
- More notable alumni
*Note: These figures were updated April 25, 2019.