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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. Please note that seating is first-come, first-served.
Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 17, 9:00 AM Exhibit Hall A, Colorado Convention Center
For graduates who pre-order their cap and gown but miss the pick-up days, your gown will be available the morning of the ceremony in the Convention Center Lobby at 7:00 a.m. This is the only pickup time available. For graduates that request their gowns be shipped to their homes, please be aware of possible shipping delays and plan accordingly. If your gown does not arrive before Commencement, extras will be available on-site, free of charge.
Prepare for Commencement
CU Denver's commencement is an all-campus ceremony during which we recognize all doctoral, educational specialist, master's and bachelor's degree recipients.
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No, you do not have to attend. Commencement is an optional activity to celebrate the completion of your degree. A fee is charged to those students who do opt to participate to help offset the costs of producing the ceremony.
Graduates do not receive their diplomas at the ceremony. All diplomas are mailed to graduates approximately two months after the end of the semester. Diploma addresses can be updated via the student portal.
To ensure that all students are wearing the proper regalia and that it is consistent with the university's quality standards, all graduates are required to rent caps and gowns through Herff Jones, our official vendor. All CU Denver Graduates wear regalia featuring CU colors.
Cancellations received by the close of cap and gown registration will receive a full refund. After this date the commencement fees cannot be refunded. If you chose to ship your regalia to you, it can be returned for a refund in the return envelope. You will only receive a full refund if the gown was unopened.
Yes, you can still participate and your name will be read, but you will be charged late fees. You will need to go to cap and gown pick-up (Tuesday, May 10, 10am to 7pm or Wednesday, May 11, 10am-5pm in St. Cajetan's on the Auraria Campus) to rent your cap and gown and pay the commencement fees. Please note that all on-site payments must be made in cash and will include a $50 late fee in addition to the standard commencement fees. The on-site fees are listed on the commencement homepage.
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