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Metro State Honors Veterans with Flag Raising 11/11

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

Posted: November 10, 2011

(Denver, Colo.) — Remaining true to its mission as an urban land-grant institution, Metropolitan State College of Denver will recognize the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform with its annual Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony on the Auraria Campus. The public event will take place at the Tivoli Commons at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 11

Veterans Day Flag-Raising Event Agenda Includes:

Flag Raising – Army ROTC and the Scottish American Military Society

Tribute to the Flag – Martha Eaton, Command Master Chief, Assistant Director, Health Center at Auraria

National Anthem – Amanda Burton, Community College of Denver student

Acknowledgement of Veterans – Stephen Jordan, President of Metropolitan State College of Denver

                                                   – Roderick Nairn, Provost of University of Colorado – Denver

Keynote – Col. Daniel Dant, Buckley Air Force Base Commander

 “Amazing Grace” – Timm Herrod, Bagpiper

“Since Metro State’s inception, the College has remained committed to supporting veterans, and we continually look for ways to better support them,” Jordan says. “Our veterans are a key component that helps shape the identity and diversity of Metro State. Their perspectives enrich the classroom experience for other students and our professors.”

This week the Military Times “Best for Vets: College 2011” issue ranked Metro State 52nd for the level of service it provides to veterans. More than 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide were surveyed about their programs, policies and resources for veterans. Metro State is one of only two institutions from Colorado that were ranked.

Currently Metro State has nearly 1,000 veteran students receiving federal education benefits for their service in the armed forces, and many others are funding their own college education. Beyond students, approximately 10 percent of Metro State’s faculty and staff are also veterans.

Metro State also maintains one of the founding chapters of the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program, which was established at the College in 1973. VUB was instituted by the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and the Department of Health and Welfare. Its primary mission is to provide veteran participants with a unique pre-collegiate experience that is designed to remove any apprehensions many veterans, as nontraditional students, may have about entering postsecondary education.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With nearly 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts nearly 72,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.