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Metropolitan State University of Denver 3rd Annual Veterans Graduation Ceremony

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

Posted: May 13, 2013

WHAT: Metropolitan State University of Denver is hosting its third annual veterans graduation ceremony featuring disabled veteran, volunteer and medical student Jeremy “Jie Bird” Casey, a 2011 MSU Denver graduate, as the keynote speaker. Veteran graduates will be presented with the official MSU Denver challenge coin commencement medallion, which they are encouraged to wear as part of their graduation regalia at the University’s 2013 Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 19. Of the 1,000 veteran students enrolled at MSU Denver, 94 are expected to ‌graduate.


WHY:   MSU Denver recognizes the dedicated service and unique accomplishments of graduating student veterans.



WHERE: Friday, May 17, 2013 – 8:30-10 a.m. (Program begins at 9:15 a.m.)

St. Cajetan’s Center‌

(890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204)

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WHO: Dr. Paul Schadler will welcome veterans and their guests as master of ceremonies with congratulatory remarks to be extended by President Stephen Jordan. Alumnus Jeremy Casey was the University’s 2011 President’s Award recipient but was unable to present his inspirational remarks at that year’s spring commencement due to inclement weather.


Emcee: Dr. Paul Schadler, Auraria Health Center senior medical director

Pledge of Allegiance: Ruthie Jordan‌

Invocation: Charles Keogh, Denver VA Medical Center chaplain

Congratulatory Remarks: Stephen Jordan, president

Keynote: Jeremy Casey (’11)

Acknowledgements: Emilia Paul, associate vice president of student engagement and wellness  

Closing: Vicki Golich, provost and vice president of academic and student affairs.


Military Times ranked MSU Denver’s School of Business 34 out of 100 business schools for veterans in the country in its annual Best for Vets: Business Schools College 2013 listing, highlighting the most important school support services for vets based on academic policies, financial aid, academics and average GMAT scores of students.




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 73,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.