Graduation

The Registrar's Office is honored to help ensure each DU student receives the necessary preparation for graduation, from applying for graduation to navigating deadlines

Students must start the graduation process online by completing the graduation application. Candidates should be aware of application deadlines listed on the application page as well as graduation requirements.

University graduates are recognized at several commencement ceremonies each year. Under some circumstances, students who have not met graduation requirements are allowed, by petition, to participate in commencement exercises.

Graduation Requirements

A student must complete the degree requirements for their chosen degree listed in the bulletin that were in effect at the time they were admitted to the University. Any non-final grade (i.e., incomplete or non-reported grade) must be changed to a final grade.

Information for graduate students on thesis and dissertation requirements is available through the Office Of Graduate Education.

Graduation Application

All students intending to graduate must apply for graduation for their chosen term. The graduation application can be found on PioneerWeb, and step-by-step instructions can be found below.

When to Apply

  • Undergraduate Students

    Undergraduate students should apply at least three quarters before the intended quarter of graduation, after they have earned a minimum of 122 credits.

    If you apply to graduate after the fifth week of the quarter in which you intend to graduate, you will not be able to access the online application for that quarter. Please contact your graduation evaluator if you are attempting to apply after the fifth week.

  • Graduate Students

    Graduate students must apply at least two quarters prior to the intended quarter of graduation.

  • Law School Students

    Law students planning on graduating spring or summer semester may apply as of November 1st of that academic year. For those planning on graduating fall semester, the application will be available the first day of that semester.

Check Your Curriculum Before Applying

Before applying to graduate, make sure your curriculum record is accurate and up to date. Changes to your curriculum made during the quarter you submit your application may not be reflected on the graduation application. You may check your current curriculum through PioneerWeb under the Student tab.

If you are an undergraduate and need to make changes to your curriculum, you will need to submit the Application to Declare or Change Undergraduate Degree/Major/Minor. Graduate students should contact their academic unit to make any necessary curriculum changes.

If during the application process you determine that a recent curriculum change is not reflected on your application, please email the appropriate graduation contact below to notify him or her of the correct curriculum.

If You Need to Withdraw Your Application:

If you need to withdraw your application to graduate or move your graduation to a different term, please fill out Withdrawal of Undergraduate Application to Graduate form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar.

Graduation Contacts

Graduation with Honors

Honor designations for baccalaureate degrees are cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

Cum laude is awarded to a degree candidate who has completed at least 90 quarter hours at the University with a minimum GPA of 3.75 in all coursework taken at DU.

Magna cum laude is awarded to a degree candidate who has completed at least 90 quarter hours at the University with a minimum GPA of 3.85 in all coursework taken at DU. A candidate for this honor must present a thesis or project, or receive distinction in his or her major.

Summa cum laude is awarded to a degree candidate who has earned a minimum of 90 quarter hours at the University with a minimum GPA of 3.95. A candidate for this honor must present a thesis or project, or receive distinction in his or her major.

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Commencement Ceremonies

DU holds four formal commencement ceremonies each year.

  • At the end of the spring semester, a Commencement ceremony is held for the Sturm College of Law.
  • At the conclusion of the spring quarter, separate ceremonies are held for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • 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.

Important Graduation Resources