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Spring graduation on May 17 at Colorado Convention Center

Former Rocky Mountain News business editor to address Metro State grads

Posted: May 6, 2009


(Denver, Colo.) — For the ninth consecutive year, the spring graduating class for Metropolitan State College of Denver is expected to be the largest ever, with more than 1,400 candidates. Commencement will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 at the Colorado Convention Center. 

Rob Reuteman, former Rocky Mountain News business editor and columnist, will deliver the commencement address. Under his editorship, the paper’s business section won the Best in Business award for Overall Excellence for large newspapers from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) four times in 11 years, most recently for 2008. He currently serves as vice president of SABEW.

About the class
Of the 1,400 candidates, 61 percent are female and 39 percent male. The vast majority, more than 70 percent, are in their twenties. The oldest candidate is 73. Seven of the candidates represent the youngest at just 20 years old.

Latinos make up 10 percent of the total, and candidates of color 20 percent. Sixty-eight percent of the candidates started at Metro State as transfer students, and 26 percent entered directly from high school.

The top 10 majors are criminal justice and criminology, biology, management, psychology, English, accounting, behavioral science, history, nursing and social work. Nearly 13 percent are seeking teacher licensure.

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


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

´╗┐Metro State is a fully accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,700 students. It is Colorado’s leader in educating in-state undergraduates and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 63,000 alumni, the bulk of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at´╗┐