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



Registration for the Fall 2019 CU Denver Commencement Ceremony is now closed.  If you would still like to participate in the ceremony, you must register in person at cap and gown pick-up on Thursday, December 5th from 10am-7pm or Friday, December 6th from 10am-5pm in St. Cajetan's on the Auraria Campus.  

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.
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:

Early Bird Registration Fees (September 19 - October 21 at 9:59pm MDT​):
Bachelor's Degree - $45
Master's/Ed Specialist Degree - $55
Doctoral Degree - $72

Standard Registration Fees (October 22 - November 4; Registration closes on November 4 at 9:59pm MST):

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

On-Site Registration Fees (December 5 & 6)- Cash Payment Required at Cap & Gown Distribution
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, May 16, 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020

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