The University of Colorado’s “spring” commencement was cut short because of a winter storm Thursday.

The university announced that the commencement or “Snow-mencement,” as it was dubbed, would follow a shortened format as one to three inches of wet snow coated the Boulder area.

The atmosphere at the graduation ceremony was festive, despite the cold, snowy conditions. As students took their seats at snow-covered Folsom Field, the university’s football stadium, they hurled snowballs into the air.

More than 8,600 degrees were conferred at the commencement, according to Boulder’s Daily Camera, as temperatures hovered in the 30s. The normal high in Boulder on May 9? Seventy degrees.

Thursday’s gray, wintry conditions seemed unlucky considering Boulder boasts about 245 sunny days per year.

That said, May snowfall isn’t all that unusual in the area. The city averages one day of measurable snow during the month each year. In fact, on May 9, 1943, half a foot of snow blanketed the city. Its biggest May snowfall on record occurred on May 5, 1917, when 14.5 inches fell.

The same storm that coated Boulder was predicted to dump double-digit snowfall totals in the higher terrain to its west and southwest. Winter storm warnings for up to 10 to 20 inches of snow were in effect through Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Colorado is among 11 states that witnessed a late dose of snow Thursday. Notably, Duluth, Minn., was plastered by 11 inches, its largest May snowfall on record.

Below, find photos and scenes from a snowy Boulder . ..