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. 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.

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

Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m.

Tivoli Quad, Auraria Campus

For students who pre-ordered their cap and gown, but missed the pick-up days, your gown will be available the morning of the ceremony at check-in outside the PE Center starting at 7:00am. This is the only pick up time available. 

For graduates that requested their gowns be shipped to their homes, we are aware of the shipping delays from Herff Jones. If your gown does not arrive before Saturday, extra's will be available on site, free of charge.

Future Commencement Celebration Dates

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

Saturday, May 13, 2023 - Spring 2023 Graduates