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University of Colorado Denver

Graduation Ceremonies

Commencement: An ending celebrating a new beginning

Commencement honors the achievement of one's academic goals and the beginning of the next vocational commitment. CU Denver ceremonies occur twice a year in December and May. Summer graduates are invited to participate in the fall ceremony. Tickets are not required for either commencement ceremony.

Information on this website is intended to answer questions about the commencement ceremony for graduates, attendees and faculty. If you are unable to find the information you are seeking on this site, please contact the Commencement Office at 303-315-2113 or

Prospective graduates should click on the "Apply for Graduation​" link at left to ensure that all requirements have been met prior to registering for commencement.  


SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017


Online registration for the CU Denver commencement ceremony is now closed. Graduates who still wish to participate can rent regalia at cap and gown pick-up on Friday, May 12 between 1p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Tivoli Turnhalle. Please note that all on-site payments must be made in cash and there will be an additional $25 late fee charged.

Faculty who still need to register should contact the Commencement Office at

Commencement Fees:

Early Bird Registration Fees (March 1 - April 17):
Bachelor's Degree - $45
Master's/Ed Specialist Degree - $55
Doctoral Degree - $65

Standard Registration Fees (April 18 - April 27; Registration closes on April 27):

Bachelor's Degree - $70
Master's/Ed Specialist Degree - $80
Doctoral Degree - $90

On-Site Registration Fees (May 12)
Bachelor's Degree - $95
Master's/Ed Specialist Degree - $105
Doctoral Degree - $115

Commencement fees include cap and gown rental, a participation fee and all taxes and fees. Gowns and hoods (if applicable) must be returned after the ceremony. Graduates may keep caps and tassels. Please click here for information about academic regalia.  

Future Ceremonies

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday, May 12, 2018

 *Applying to graduate is a separate process from registering to participate in the ceremony. Click the link on the left side of the page for information about applying to graduate for the spring term.

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