CU Denver Commencement

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

COVID-19 Update (As Of July 2020)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the university is monitoring updates to national, state, and city event guidelines. We will announce a decision about December 2020 celebrations during the Fall semester. 

Future Commencement Celebration Dates

Friday, December 11, 2020 (Tentative Rescheduled Celebration of Spring 2020 Graduates)

Saturday, December 12, 2020 - Summer & Fall 2020 Graduates

Saturday, May 15, 2021