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MSU Denver returns to Denver Coliseum May 14 for two commencement ceremonies


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

Posted: May 9, 2016



DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver will celebrate the accomplishments of its most recent graduates at the spring commencement on Saturday, May 14, at the Denver Coliseum. This semester’s graduating class includes 593 students of color, led by 326 Latino students and a record 27 ASSET students.

To offer graduates and their guests the most enjoyable commencement experience, MSU Denver will hold two ceremonies. The Denver Coliseum will be the site for both a 9 a.m. ceremony for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, and a 2:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Business and College of Professional Studies. Master’s graduates will participate in the ceremony that corresponds with their college of study.

The need for two ceremonies is prompted by continued growth in MSU Denver’s number of graduates, a trend that started eight years ago. Saturday’s graduation will see an estimated 1,909 bachelor’s graduates, which is just under last spring’s record-breaking total of 1,995. A total of 133 students completed master’s degrees: 82 in social work, 33 in teaching and 18 in accountancy.

Jennifer Nava Bello, the spring 2016 President’s Award recipient, will deliver the student address during the afternoon ceremony and Jennifer Sands, the spring 2016 Provost’s Award recipient, will address the morning ceremony. Having earned a perfect 4.0 GPA, Nava Bello is graduating with a degree in modern language with an emphasis in Spanish, and a minor in elementary education with licensure. She plans to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher. Sands is graduating with a degree in health care management and a minor in accounting, having earned a 3.95 GPA. She plans to attend graduate school and would like to work as a health care fraud investigator.

The spring 2016 class includes a record 27 ASSET graduates, up from last year’s 14 graduates.

The age range of MSU Denver’s spring 2016 graduates includes, 20-year-old psychology major Bianca Gonzalez and 66-year-old human services major Lieutenant Hollis, both of which are first generation college students. Consistent with national higher-education trends, women continue to outpace men, representing 58 percent of the graduates.

Transfer students make up 69 percent and veterans comprise six percent of the graduating class. Thirty-nine percent of graduates are first-generation students, 54 percent are Pell-Eligible and 27 percent secured STEM-focused degrees.

The graduates’ top five majors in order are criminal justice and criminology; biology; psychology; accounting; and management. One hundred and thirty-nine students are seeking teacher licensure.

For more information on MSU Denver’s spring 2016 commencement ceremony, visit www.msudenver.edu/commencement.

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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. June 2016 marks the end of a yearlong 50th  anniversary celebration commemorating MSU Denver’s creation in 1965 by the Colorado General Assembly – the state’s first urban higher education institution.

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