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Graduation Ceremonies

Commencement: An ending celebrating a new beginning

In a message to campus, Chancellor Horrell provided an update on commencement:  As with many institutions across the country, it is with great regret that we are announcing the cancellation of our in-person commencement on May 16, 2020, due to COVID-19. Watch the Chancellor's full message​.

We are working, in consultation with our student leaders and others, to develop alternative plans to celebrate the Class of 2020.  We will share that information as soon as it is available.

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. Participation in commencement is permitted only after a student has completed all of their degree requirements and has applied to graduate.

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.  


9:00AM, SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020

Applying to graduate is a separate process from registering for the ceremony*.  Registration is required for participation in the commencement ceremony and includes your regalia rental for the ceremony. Registration is conducted through the Herff Jones regalia rental website.

Students are permitted to participate in commencement only after completing all degree requirements and applying to graduate. Questions about this policy should be directed to student advisors.

Commencement Fees:

Registration Fees February 19 - May 1 (Registration Closes on May 1 at 9:59pm MDT)
Please note, registration is currently suspended while plans for an alternative commencement ceremony are made.
Bachelor's Degree - $45
Master's/Ed Specialist Degree - $55
Doctoral Degree - $72

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/tams and tassels. Please click here for information about academic regaliaRegalia must be rented through CU Denver's official regalia provider, Herff Jones.  All CU Denver graduates wear custom rental regalia showcasing CU colors.

*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.​

Future Ceremonies

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Saturday, May 15, 2021

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