Published: April 28, 2023

On the morning of Thursday, May 11, CU Boulder will honor the class of 2023 during the commencement ceremony at Folsom Field. Colleges, schools, departments and programs will also hold individual recognition ceremonies through May 13 at the CU Events Center, Business Field, Macky Auditorium, Recreation Center, University Memorial Center and numerous other locations around campus.

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All campus parking lots will be impacted by commencement guest parking. 

Parking Services will issue permit-holder notifications via email to those in permitted lots that will be closed or restricted for commencement day activities.

Purchase a discounted one-day permit for $5! Parking Services is increasing the capacity of one-day permits during finals—available to students, faculty, and staff. Log in to your parking account to purchase a permit.

It will be several days filled with excitement and celebration. However, CU Boulder and city of Boulder roadways will be heavily impacted. 

To reduce traffic and parking impacts, please consider one of the following options:

Consider transportation options

Do you typically drive to campus? Plan to carpool with other employees who live near you, or consider alternative transportation, such as walking and biking or riding the bus to campus. If there is no bus route near your home, your EcoPass allows you to drive to a Park-n-Ride, where you can ride to/from campus by bus (review RTD’s Trip Planner and Park-n-Ride locations for help).

Work remotely

Employees who are not participating in or volunteering for commencement activities and whose work is conducive to telecommuting should speak with their supervisors to make arrangements.

Use accrued leave

Employees who want to use leave on these days should plan this option with their supervisors.

Arrive prior to 7 a.m.

If you arrive after this time, please know that graduates, families and guests will be parked in campus parking lots, and there may not be parking spaces available for permit holders.

Use the commencement shuttles

Park on East Campus and ride the Buff Bus commencement shuttle to Main Campus. Shuttles will run to and from Main Campus 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Please join your campus colleagues to honor our student graduates, their families, friends, our university and the various colleges and schools during this special time. Thank you for all you do on behalf of CU Boulder.