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MSU Denver Honors Veterans with Flag Raising Nov. 8

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

Posted: November 7, 2012

DENVER – Remaining true to its mission as an urban land-grant institution, Metropolitan State University 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. 8.

Veterans Day Flag-Raising Event Agenda Includes:

Musical Prelude – Tribute to the Andres Sisters, Reveille 3

Color Guard and Flag Raising – Army ROTC and the Scottish American Military Society

National Anthem – Tyler Van Dam, MSU Denver student

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

Military Service Branch Medley and “Shout Out” – Reveille 3

Acknowledgement of Veterans

-  Stephen Jordan, president, Metropolitan State University of Denver

-   Cliff Richardson, interim president, Community College of Denver

-   Raul Cardenas, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Closing Remarks and Moment of Silence – Jarod Solano, president of Student Veterans at MSU Denver

 “Amazing Grace” – Timm Herrod, Bagpiper

“Since MSU Denver’s inception, the University 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 help shape the identity and diversity of our institution. Their perspectives enrich the classroom experience for other students and our professors.”

Military Times “Best for Vets: College 2011” issue ranked MSU Denver 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. MSU Denver is one of only three institutions from Colorado that were ranked.

Currently MSU Denver has nearly 1,000 veteran students and more than 100 active student military personnel on campus. The majority of veteran students are receiving federal education benefits for their service in the armed forces, but many others are funding their own college education. Beyond students, approximately 40 of MSU Denver’s faculty and staff are veterans.

MSU Denver also maintains one of the founding chapters of the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program, which was established at the University 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 University of Denver

MSU Denver is Colorado’s best value in high-quality education. With 23,000 students, it is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University offers 55 majors and master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.