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University of Colorado Denver

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.  


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Online registration is now closed. Graduates who still wish to participate may rent regalia and pay the commencement fee at cap and gown pick-up on Friday, December 16 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Lobby A of the Colorado Convention Center. Please note that all on-site payments must be made in cash and will include a $50 late rental fee.

Faculty still needing to register should contact the commencement office at

Future Ceremonies

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday, May 12, 2018


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