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Auraria Campus Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11


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

Posted: November 11, 2015



DENVER – As part of their collective goal to support higher-education access and success for veterans, the Auraria Campus college and universities will hold a Veterans Day ceremony to recognize the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. This marks the sixth year Metropolitan State University of Denver has organized the public event that will take place in the Tivoli Turnhalle at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

The Veterans Day event includes:

  • Opening Remarks– Chris Garcia, president of the MSU Denver Student Veterans Organization
  • Color Guard – MSU Denver Army ROTC, Scottish American Military Society, Sister Nations Women Veteran Guard
  • National Anthem –
  • Welcome – James Bakalik, president of the University of Colorado Denver Veteran Student Club
  • Tribute to the Flag – Tabitha Bennett, MSU Denver student and U.S. Army Veteran
  • Acknowledgement of Veterans:
    • Stephen Jordan, President, MSU Denver
    • Jerry Wartgow, Interim Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
    • Christopher Budden, Dean of Center for Career and Technical Education, Community College of Denver
    • Closing – Community College of Denver Student Veterans Organization
    • Retiring of the Colors and Victory song – Denver Singers 

“MSU Denver actively supports veterans through their pursuit of education to help them find new and meaningful career paths.” We honor  our current and former service men and women for their continued service to our country and the unique value they bring to our University community,” said MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. 

Military Times “Best for Vets: College 2016” issue ranked MSU Denver 49th nationally for the level of service it provides to veterans. In their sixth year, the rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services. More than 600 colleges and universities nationwide responded to the survey about their programs, policies and resources for veterans. MSU Denver is one of only four institutions from Colorado that were ranked. 

Currently MSU Denver has nearly 1,000 veteran students and nearly 60 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 80 of MSU Denver’s faculty and staff are veterans. 

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About Metropolitan State University of Denver

For 50 years, Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of students, served as a courageous leader in higher education and boldly advanced the well-being of metro Denver communities. Throughout its history, the University has been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy. The yearlong MSU Denver anniversary celebration commemorates the creation in 1965 by the Colorado General Assembly of the state’s first urban higher education institution.

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