Colorado’s only public urban research university is turning 50 years old on January 11, 2023. Described as a “teenager” in university years by Chancellor Michelle Marks, our young but mighty institution is proud to honor our past, celebrate our many achievements and milestones, and look toward the next 50 years as we work to become the nation’s first equity-serving institution where education works for all.

We will mark this anniversary from Fall 2022 through Spring 2023 through a series of special events, teaching and learning opportunities, the setting of new traditions, and the celebration of and engagement with our extraordinary faculty, staff, alumni, and broader Lynx family.

Whether you’re a current or past student, faculty or staff member, or university friend, you are a member of the Lynx family, and your memories have helped shape CU Denver's history. We want to hear your story to help tell our story. Share your photos, memories, or shout-outs using this form.

We invite your thoughts and suggestions as planning gets underway, including nominations to an advisory committee. If you have questions, please contact us at or 303-315-3601.