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Office of the Registrar

Commencement Ceremony

Four formal Commencement ceremonies are held at the University of Denver each year:


  1. At the end of the spring semester, a Commencement ceremony is held for the Sturm College of Law.
  2. At the conclusion of the spring quarter, separate ceremonies are held for undergraduate and graduate students.
  3. At the conclusion of the summer quarter and summer semester, a Commencement ceremony is held for all summer graduates.

Students who have completed all graduation requirements during fall or winter, or will complete all graduation requirements during spring quarter of the current academic year, are invited to participate in the spring ceremony.

Students who will complete all graduation requirements during the summer quarter are invited to participate in the summer ceremony. See the Commencement website for information about the upcoming Commencement ceremony.

Walking in the ceremony

Under some circumstances, students who have not met graduation requirements are allowed, by petition , to participate (walk) in Commencement exercises. Students may request to walk in the Commencement ceremony.

For additional information about eligibility to walk in the Commencement ceremony, please see Undergraduate Request to Walk in Commencement Ceremony (PDF) or Graduate Request to Participate in Ceremony (PDF).

Diplomas

Diplomas will be released after the graduation date once verification of graduation requirements is finalized and all holds are cleared. Typically, the diploma and an unofficial transcript will be mailed eight to 10 weeks after the quarter ends.