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MSU Denver Graduates Its Largest, Most Diverse Class Ever

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

Posted: May 14, 2013

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver will celebrate a record number of graduates and its most diverse undergraduate class ever—511 students of color, led by 292 Latino students— at Spring Commencement, Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m. on the Auraria Athletic Fields.

MSU Denver continues a five-year growth trend with 1,860 bachelor’s candidates, exceeding last year’s record of 1,820 spring graduates. Ninety-nine students completed master’s degrees: 60 in social work, 27 in teaching and 12 in accountancy.

MSU Denver remains the leader in student diversity with the highest number of undergraduate students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. Of the spring 2013 graduating class, students of color comprise 28 percent. The age range of the graduates is bracketed by 20-year-old bachelor of management major Deborah Fritzler and 72-year-old master of social work major Ruth Abeyta. Consistent with national higher education gender trends, women continue to outpace men representing 57 percent of the graduates.

Transfer students make up 64 percent and veterans comprise 5 percent of the graduating class. Four students who were eligible for MSU Denver’s Colorado High School/GED Non-resident Tuition Rate will graduate.

Marc Herschberger, the President’s Award recipient for Spring 2013, will give the student address. Herschberger earned two business degrees in marketing and management. He graduates summa cum laude with a 3.92 GPA. Herschberger is also one of the University’s best soccer players ever and was selected in 2012 as the Capital One First Team All American for excellence in athletics and academics in the NCAA Division II.

President Stephen Jordan will provide the welcoming remarks.

The graduates’ top five majors in order are biology, criminal justice and criminology, psychology, management and art. Eleven percent of the graduates, or 199 students, are seeking teacher licensure.

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About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is Colorado’s best value in high-quality education. With nearly 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 74,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.