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Summer Commencement ceremony


Information for Students

For full details about summer Commencement 2016, see the student Commencement instructions.

As you prepare to graduate, use this checklist to make your transition from student to alumnus/alumna as seamless as possible.

Graduation Checklist

  1. Apply to graduate

    If you're a candidate to complete your degree in summer quarter 2016, you'll be eligible to participate in DU's summer 2016 Commencement ceremony.

    Graduate students: Apply no later than 2 quarters before the one in which you intend to graduate.

    Undergraduate students: Apply 3 quarters before the one in which you intend to graduate.

    You can apply for graduation online. Learn more about applying to graduate.

  2. Complete an exit interview with your loan provider.

    If you accepted a Federal Direct or Stafford loan while attending DU, you must complete exit counseling online at

    If you borrowed a federal Perkins Loan at DU, you must schedule an exit interview with the Bursar's Office, at 303-871-4901.

    Stafford Loan exit counseling is separate from Perkins Loan exit counseling. Completing one exit interview doesn't satisfy the requirement of the other.

  3. Attend your final classes, and take final exams.

    Keep attending class, and take final exams to stay on track to graduate.

  4. Rent your cap and gown.

    Learn more about cap and gown rental.

    You can also buy Commencement merchandise at the DU Bookstore.

  5. Tell us where you're going.

    The U.S. Department of Education requires us to gather information about the post-graduation plans of all DU graduates.

    Summer 2016 graduates: Complete our 2016 At-Graduation Survey.

    Individual responses are completely confidential.

  6. Arrive for the Commencement ceremony.

    Please arrive at the Ritchie Circle Lawn (also known as Warren Circle)—the circular lawn just east of the Mary Reed Building, south of University Hall and west of University Blvd.—by 8 a.m. on August 12. Look for the sign bearing the name of your degree and get in the line formed beneath it. 

    For more details, see the student Commencement instructions.

  7. Take photos in your cap and gown, and then return them.

    Regalia may be returned to the bookstore through August 17th.