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​​Some programs may require students to make an academic advising appointment specific to graduation; however, it is strongly recommended that all students visit their academic advisor at least one semester in advance of the semester they intend to graduate. For example, if you intend to graduate in the spring semester, you should visit your academic advisor during the fall semester to specifically discuss graduation.

Students must follow graduation application directions for each school and college in which they are enrolled. If a student is in two different schools/colleges they must follow graduation application directions for both programs. Typically students can expect to complete both an online and paper graduation application for each program.

The graduation application deadline is the Census Date of each semester. Census date is the 12th day of the spring and fall semesters and the 8th day of the summer term. It is important students regularly check their University of Colorado Denver e-mail account for graduation application information.

Graduation and commencement are different. Graduation is the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma. Commencement is a celebratory ceremony. Commencement is optional.

Students can graduate at the end of spring, summer and fall semesters. Commencement ceremonies are held twice during the year; December and May. If a student graduates after the summer semester they are given the option to participate in the December commencement ceremony.

If a student wishes to participate in commencement before the term they intend to graduate, they must contact their academic advisor for further information. ​

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