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. 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
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A Hybrid Celebration of Our Graduates
Saturday, May 15, 2021
CU Denver's virtual commencement recognizes all doctoral, educational specialist, master's, and bachelor's degree recipients.
The virtual ceremony will include personalized recognition of each graduate and reading of names. Graduates will submit photos and expressions of gratitude to be displayed during the virtual ceremony. Celebration kits will also be available with some fun items to commemorate your achievement.
Cross the Quad
May 17 and May 18, 2021
All graduates who would like to celebrate in person can join CU Denver's first-ever “Cross the Quad” celebration. Instead of a traditional, seated ceremony, graduates will cross the stage in front of the historic Tivoli building to symbolize the completion of your studies at CU Denver and the beginning of your next phase of life. Graduate names will be announced, diploma covers will be presented, and professional photographers will be there to capture the moment. Cross the Quad will be livestreamed, so loved ones can safely watch their graduates commemorate the achievement.
We know that crossing a stage and having great pictures is important to our graduates. So we’re also inviting anyone who graduated in 2020, when we could only have virtual ceremonies, to join the in-person celebrations as well.
Registration for both the virtual ceremony and Cross the Quad is now open through 10:00 p.m. MT on Tuesday, April 20.
Cap and gown ordering is open through April 1 to ensure arrival by May 1. Ordering will remain available through June 1, but are not guaranteed to arrive before the in-person events.
Do you have everything you need to participate in the virtual ceremony or Cross the Quad? We've got you covered with a list of options so you can be ready to celebrate your achievement.
We know, there's a lot of information here. Don't worry, chances are someone else has the same questions you do. We've got answers to all of the most common questions about the virtual ceremony and Cross the Quad events.
Add some flair to your profiles, posts, lawns, and windows with our special #CUDenverGrad toolkit, which includes social media cover photos, Zoom backgrounds, printable yard signs, and more for grads and loved ones!
Watch a message below from Chancellor Marks to Our Spring 2021 Graduates or read the transcript.
Future Commencement Celebration Dates
Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Summer & Fall 2021 Graduates
Saturday, May 14, 2022 - Spring 2022 Graduates