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Dec. 19 Commencement Showcases More Than 1,100 Success Stories

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

Posted: December 15, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) — As graduates prepare to open the next chapter in their lives and careers, the Metropolitan State College of Denver community celebrates a record 16 percent increase in graduates over fall 2009. The fall commencement ceremony will kick off at the Colorado Convention Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19 celebrating a number of significant milestones.

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Metro State continues to break records with its largest ever fall graduating class: 1,144 candidates, exceeding last year’s previous record of 990. Lt. Gov.-elect Joe Garcia will deliver the commencement address as a key leader in higher education in Colorado. When Garcia assumes the new position of lieutenant governor in January 2011, he will be the first Latino to hold the position. 

Metro State continues to be a leader in the diversity of its students. Students of color represent 25 percent of fall 2010 graduation candidates, a 40 percent increase over last year’s class. The age range is bracketed by health care management major Raaffea Zaheer and aviation technology major Issra’a Sheikh, both 20, and 63-year-old art major William Howard Johnson. 

Transfer students make up 70 percent of the candidates, 21 percent more than fall 2009. Women continue to represent 60 percent of the candidates versus 40 percent of men, which is consistent with national higher education gender trends. The top five majors are management, behavioral science, accounting, biology and psychology. Fifteen percent of the graduates, or 168 students, are seeking teacher licensure.

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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.