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Newly selected House Speaker-Designee Terrance Carroll to address nearly 1,000 Metro State grads

Posted: December 4, 2008

On the heels of his own historical moment, Terrance Carroll will address 984 graduates on the verge of entering the next phase of their lives.

The newly selected Speaker-Designee of the Colorado House of Representatives will address Metropolitan State College of Denver graduates at Fall Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Colorado Convention Center.

Carroll (D-Denver), who will begin his fourth term in the Colorado House of Representatives in January, was selected Speaker of the House in November by the Democratic caucus. Pending election by the full house in January, he will be the first African American to hold the position in Colorado.

A longtime supporter of education, Carroll has chaired the Metro State caucus of the legislature since it formed in 2006. During his tenure in the state legislature, Carroll has also championed affordable housing, secure pensions, fair wages, and quality and affordable healthcare. He has served as chair of the House Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Legal Services and the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committees. He became assistant house majority leader in February 2008.

In addition to his legislative duties, Carroll is an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

About the class
Metro State expects to graduate 984 students this fall. This represents a 5.6 percent increase over last fall. More than 20 percent are students of color. Latino candidates represent 10.4 percent.

The top 10 majors for the above candidates are as follows: (1) Behavioral Science with 82; (2) Criminal Justice & Criminology with 60; (3) Management with 56; (4) Accounting with 51; (5) Biology with 48; (6) History with 46; (7) Psychology with 43; (8) English with 41; (9) Art and Finance with 39. Note that 180 or 18.3 percent of the candidates are seeking some type of licensure.

There are 126 candidates who will receive a graduation honor of Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude, which represents 12.8 percent.

There will be a live Webcast of the event. For more details, go to


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, with plans to offer a master’s in social work in fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.