Mortar boards and tassels symbolize the successful culmination of thousands of hours of studying, working and hoping by the approximately 2,100 students completing degree programs this spring at the University of Colorado Denver.
Graduates, their families and friends gathered with faculty and other university leaders and guests on the Auraria Field Saturday, May 14 to celebrate commencement.
Among our graduates this year were 847 students earning bachelor’s degrees, 444 master’s degrees, and six who completing doctorate degrees as well as 18 specialists in education. Notably, another 22 graduating students from the International College of Beijing (ICB) program participated.
Interim Denver Mayor Guillermo “Bill” Vidal, bachelor of science civil engineering ('72), received the 2011 University of Colorado Denver Alumni Appreciation Award. Vidal has said that as a child living in the Pueblo, Colo. Sacred Heart Orphanage, the idea of being mayor would have seemed like “an impossible miracle.” Today Vidal is not only Denver’s mayor (he assumed the office after John Hickenlooper became Colorado’s governor) but he also has amassed an impressive record of accomplishments as a career civil servant advocating for sustainable regional growth and improved quality of life.
During a special College of Arts & Media (CAM) ceremony, David Shepard, a long-time film preservationist and one of the few great film archivists in the world, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his tireless pursuit of preserving film from turning to dust, to be lost forever to history.
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CU Denver's Office of Student Life hosted a Senior Send Off at the Cimarron Café in the Tivoli Student Center on Friday, May 13, between 4-8 p.m.
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The celebratory mood continued into Friday evening as CU Denver Live! presented DeVotchKa in a sold-out concert for all students in the Kenneth King Center. DeVotchKa is a Denver Indie four-piece rock/folk/punk group: Nick Urata, Tom Hagerman, Shawn King and CU Denver College of Arts & Media alumna Jeanie Schroder. The band composed and performed music for the Academy Award® winning film, Little Miss Sunshine, and they have just released their latest album, 100 Lovers. Students were offered $5 tickets.
Commencement for students at the Anschutz Medical Campus is Friday, May 27.