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. Students will only be permitted to participate in commencement after they've completed all of their degree requirements and applied to graduate.

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

Fall 2021 Commencement: A Celebration of Our Graduates

Tentative Ceremony Date: December 18, 2021

COVID-19 Update (As of July 15, 2021)

We are working on plans to recognize our summer and fall graduates this December. The university will continue to remain agile in its approach as public health guidance evolves and will continue to be in close coordination with city and state health officials.  Our goal is to communicate plans by early October so graduates and loved ones can make necessary arrangements. All eligible graduates will be emailed with next steps, in addition to the details being posted on this website.


Applying to graduate and registering for commencement are two separate processes.  The deadline to apply to graduate to ensure you've met your requirements with your academic advisor is September 8.

Registration for participating in the commencement ceremony will launch in early October.

Future Commencement Celebration Dates

Saturday, May 14, 2022 - Spring 2022 Graduates

Saturday, December 17, 2022 - Summer & Fall 2022 Graduates