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President Jordan to Address Record Number of Spring Graduates

Ceremony Showcases 1,820 Bachelor’s and 60 Master’s Candidates May 13

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

Posted: May 9, 2012

(Denver) — President Stephen Jordan is the keynote speaker for Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Spring 2012 Commencement. More than 1,800 bachelor’s and 60 master’s students are expected to graduate at the ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 13, at 9 a.m. at the Auraria Athletic Fields.

Metro State continues a four-year graduate growth trend with its largest-ever spring graduating class: 1,820 bachelor’s candidates, exceeding last year’s record of 1,484 spring graduates.

This commencement marks the opening of another Metro State chapter – the first 30 students to complete their master’s degrees in Social Work. Six graduates are receiving their Master’s of Professional Accountancy, and 24 graduates are receiving their Master’s of Arts in Teaching.

Metro State remains a leader in the diversity of its students. Students of color represent 25 percent of spring 2012 graduation candidates, an increase of 3 percent over last year’s class. The age range is bracketed by five 20-year-olds including, human nutrition and dietetics major Lenise Ruff and 72-year-old Africa and African American studies major Van Buren McKellar.

Transfer students make up 68 percent of the candidates. Women continue to represent 60 percent of the candidates, which is consistent with national higher education gender trends. The top five majors in order are psychology, biology, criminology and criminal justice, management and behavioral sciences. Twelve percent of the graduates, or 219 students, are seeking teacher licensure. Veterans make up 3 percent of the graduates.

Attendees are encouraged to check the website for potential event changes due to rain forecasted for Sunday morning. For more information on the commencement ceremony, go to


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.