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MSU Denver Continues to Produce Record Number of Graduates

First Degrees Conferred with New University Name

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

Posted: December 10, 2012

DENVER –The Metropolitan State University of Denver community celebrates a record increase in graduates over fall 2011, representing the first class conferred with the new university name. The fall commencement ceremony takes place at the Colorado Convention Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.

MSU Denver continues a five-year graduate growth trend with its largest-ever fall graduating class: 1,272 graduates, exceeding last fall’s record of 1,256. Fifteen graduates completed master’s degrees, nine in professional accountancy and six in teaching.

Human services associate professor and clinical psychologist, Shawn Worthy, is the commencement keynote speaker.

Patrick Kuretich, named Outstanding Fall 2012 Graduate, is ranked first overall in the Electrical Engineering Technology Program with a 4.0 GPA and summa cum laude honors. He is graduating with a full-time job at Ulteig Engineering in Englewood, secured through a successful internship this past summer.   

Jessica Ghawi, the MSU Denver student who was killed in the Aurora theater shooting, will be awarded an honorary bachelor of arts degree posthumously. Ghawi was a junior majoring in speech communication with a concentration in broadcast journalism at the time of her death. Her mother, Sandy Phillips, will receive the degree in her honor.

MSU Denver remains a leader in the diversity of its students with the highest number of enrolled students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. Of the fall 2012 graduating class, students of color represent 25 percent, or 318 students. The age range is bracketed by 20-year-old criminal justice major Ashley Apparito and 67-year-old psychology major Jackie Stalter. Women continue to represent 56 percent of the graduates, which is consistent with national higher education gender trends.

Transfer students make up 68 percent of the graduates. The top five majors in order are criminal justice and criminology, biology, psychology, management and behavioral sciences. Twelve percent of the graduates, or 149 students, are seeking teacher licensure. Veterans make up 4 percent of the graduating class.

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About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is the leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has 23,000 students and 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.