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Metro State President Stephen Jordan To Address Record Number Of Spring Graduates

May 16 Commencement Showcases More Than 1,600 Success Stories

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: May 12, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) — As graduates prepare to open the next chapter in their careers, the Metro State community celebrates a record 27 percent increase in graduates with its first-ever outdoor commencement. The festivities will kick off at the Auraria Athletic Field at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 16 celebrating a number of significant milestones.

Metro State will celebrate its largest graduating class ever: 1,615 candidates exceeding last year’s previous record of 1,268. President Stephen Jordan will deliver the commencement address reflecting upon the institution’s
nearly 45-year history while foreshadowing what is anticipated from graduates and the College moving forward.

Metro State continues to lead in terms of the diversity of its students. Nearly 20 percent of graduating students are of color, with Latinos representing 10.7 percent of the total. Ten graduates are 20 years old or younger, and seven are 60 or older. This age range is bracketed by music major Anthony Fortunato and hospitality major Juliana Kelman, both 19, and 67-year-old history major Kenneth Dailey. Two thirds of the graduates transferred to Metro State from other institutions.

The top ten majors are biology, behavioral science, psychology, criminal justice and criminology, history, accounting, speech communication, management, art, and human performance and sport. Thirteen percent of the graduates, or 207 students, are seeking teacher licensure.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating in-state undergraduates and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 66,000 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.