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NATIONAL PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR ANN WILLIAMS TO ADDRESS RECORD NUMBER OF FALL GRADUATES

Ceremony Showcases 1,386 Bachelor’s and 34 Master’s Graduates


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

Posted: December 10, 2013



DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver’s “U.S. Professor of the Year,” Ann Williams is the keynote speaker for the fall commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 15. Recognized recently by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for her innovative influence in teaching and commitment to undergraduate students, Williams is a professor of French who joined the faculty at MSU Denver in 1990.  

Approximately 1,386 bachelor’s and 34 master’s students are expected to graduate at the ceremony to be held at the Colorado Convention Center at 2 p.m.

Of the 34 master’s degrees to be awarded, 23 are in teaching, 10 in accounting and one is in social work.

Transfer students make up 66 percent, veterans 5 percent and first-generation college students 23 percent of the undergraduate class. Five graduates were able to take advantage of Colorado’s newly approved ASSET tuition rate, providing in-state tuition for undocumented students.

MSU Denver remains the leader in student diversity among Colorado’s four-year colleges. Students of color comprise 27 percent of the graduating class. They range in age from 20-year-old English major Emma Rapp to 68-year-old psychology major Jackie Stalter. Consistent with national higher education trends, women continue to outpace men, representing 56 percent of the graduates.

Katherine Miller, the President’s Award recipient for Fall 2013, will give the student address. Miller earned three degrees: women’s studies, psychology and history. She graduates magna cum laude with a 3.94 GPA.  Miller plans to pursue a master’s degree in counseling and a doctorate related to women and gender studies.

President Stephen Jordan will provide the welcoming remarks.

The graduates’ top five majors, in order of popularity: criminal justice and criminology, biology, psychology, management and behavioral science. Thirteen percent of the graduates, or 174 students, are seeking teacher licensure.

For more information on the commencement ceremony, go to www.msudenver.edu/commencement

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About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors, plus 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.