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Preparing for Commencement

Are you ready to walk?

Fall Candidates

1. Visit the Planning for Graduation page to ensure that all of the stated requirements are met and resolve any financial obligations to the university.

Once your application is approved by your advisor, you will be signed up to receive communications from the Commencement Office and your name will be included in the commencement program.
2. Register for the ceremony to confirm your intent to participate and to order your cap and gown.

Summer Graduates

Summer graduates are invited to participate in the fall ceremony.​  Please register for the ceremony in order to confirm your attendance.  Registration opens the first week of October.

Graduation Fair

Herff Jones is the official regalia provider for CU Denver.  All CU Denver graduates wear custom regalia featuring CU colors.  In addition to regalia, Herff Jones also provides graudation announcements and class rings.

A Graduation Fair will be held on the dates listed below and provides students with an opportunity to register for the ceremony, try regalia, and take professional photographs in advance of the ceremony.  The Career Center and Registrar's Office will also be on hand to answer any questions about your degree and future upon graduation.  The event is free to attend and participation is highly encouraged.

Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
10am - 5pm

Cap and Gown Pick-Up

Pre-ordered ceremony regalia will be available for pick up on Thursday, December 5th from 10:00am to 7:00pm and Friday, December 6th from 10:00am and 5:00pm St. Cajetan's on the Auraria Campus. Bring your registration confirmation or photo ID with you when picking up your cap and gown order.  If someone else will be picking up your order for you, please make sure they bring your confirmation.

​Regalia must be rented through CU Denver's official regalia provider, Herff Jones.  All CU Denver graduates wear custom regalia featuring CU's colors.  

Grad Bash

Friday, December 13th | 11am-2pm | Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center
Students, parents, families, and guests are invited to kick off commencement weekend and celebrate their graduate with a free event  the day before the ceremony.  Celebrate your achievement with activities, live music, and lunch with those that you connected with during your time at CU Denver.  
RSVP's requested at

Commemorative Merchandise

If you are participating in the commencement ceremony, you will have the opportunity to pre-purchase commemorative merchandise during the online registration process. Graduates who are not walking in the ceremony can also use the registration site to purchase items such as souvenir tassels, stoles of gratitude and University of Colorado license plates. 

Professional Photography

As a service to our graduates, professional photographers will be taking pictures of each graduate during the ceremony. Proofs of these photographs will be emailed within 5 business days of the ceremony and will include a coupon for a free 5x7 print (no purchase necessary). If you would like to pre-register for photographs and receive a discount on photo purchases, please click on the banner below or visit  
A banner that says: Click here to register your email and get $5 off orders of $25 or more.

Following commencement, GradImages photographers will be circulating outside the Exhibit Hall to capture additional candid photographs of our graduates with their loved ones.  The GradImages staff will be wearing red vests, so they'll be highly visible and easy to locate.  Grab a red vest and snap some candid shots! 

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