Skip to main content Skip to main content

Press Release

Metro State Outdoor Commencement May Move Indoors on Auraria Campus

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

Posted: May 14, 2011

(Denver, Colo.) — As a result of inclement weather forecasted for this weekend, Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Spring 2011 commencement may move indoors from the previously scheduled outdoor venue on the Auraria Campus Athletic Fields.

“There is a significant chance for rain or even snow on Sunday,” said Associate Professor of Integrative Therapeutic Practices Carol Jensen, commencement director.  “If that is the case, we will need to relocate the ceremony from the outdoor location of the Athletic Fields.”

The decision about where to hold the ceremony will be posted on the Metro State home page by 6:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The ceremony will still be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 15. It will either be held on the Athletic Fields, as originally scheduled, or three abbreviated ceremonies will be held in separate locations on campus, by school:
School of Business – St. Cajetan’s
School of Letters, Arts and Sciences – PE Event Center
School of Professional Studies – Tivoli Turnhalle

These alternate locations would be standing room only.

This is the second year Metro State had planned to have its spring commencement outdoors. Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Metro State continues an eight-year graduate growth trend with its largest-ever spring graduating class: 1,625 candidates, exceeding last year’s record of 1,615.

For the latest information on the commencement ceremony and parking, go to


About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 69,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.