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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.  


9:00AM, SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

Registration and cap and gown rental for the Spring 2019 CU Denver Commencement Ceremony is now closed. Pre-ordered gowns will be available for pick-up the morning of the ceremony in the PE Center.


If you are a student graduating in the summer semester (still taking classes Maymester-July), the approval period for petitions to participate in the spring ceremony has ended.  

At this time, summer graduates are invited to participate in the fall ceremony and will not be approved to participate this spring. Day of requests will not be approved and participation will be denied.

Please Note: 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.

Commencement Fees:

Early Bird Registration Fees (February 21 - March 25 at 9:59pm MDT​):
Bachelor's Degree - $45
Master's/Ed Specialist Degree - $55
Doctoral Degree - $72

Standard Registration Fees (March 26 - April 8; Registration closes on April 8 at 9:59pm MDT):

Bachelor's Degree - $70
Master's/Ed Specialist Degree - $80
Doctoral Degree - $97

On-Site Registration Fees (May 9 & 10)- Cash Payment Required
Bachelor's Degree - $95
Master's/Ed Specialist Degree - $105
Doctoral Degree - $122

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 14, 2019

Saturday, May 16, 2020

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