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Celebrate commencement

When I tell you that getting into the regalia required for me to participate in our CU Denver Fall Commencement is a real pain, you probably wonder why I look forward to Commencement Day so much. The regalia is heavy. Putting it on is complicated. And, wearing it is hot. But, once I’m dressed and it’s time for the procession, I forget all about the discomfort and can barely stand the excitement the ceremony brings. 

The big day 
Yes, Commencement is just around the corner and I can’t wait. As most of you know, I start anticipating the big day weeks in advance, impatiently looking forward to the moment our students will cross that big graduation goal off their list, walk across the stage and accept their diplomas. 

The day’s also a big achievement for all of the university’s staff and faculty. Together, we’ve gotten our graduates to the finish line. And, as proud as I am of each of the students, I feel that same pride for the efforts of all of our staff memebers in student affairs.

Friends graduating
Personally, this group of graduates is special to me. I’ve been here at CU Denver for five years now and these are students I’ve been privileged to work with closely. I watched them dream up our Milo the Lynx mascot and the CU Denver Student Wellness Center, then they put in the hard work required to make those initiatives a reality. 

I’ll see many familiar faces and friends make their way across the stage. I was lucky to share this journey with them from beginning to end and as I watch them on this special day, I’ll remember all the fun we had together along the way. 

Project Graduation Flywheel
For our CU Denver Division of Student Affairs staff members, Commencement Day is the end-product of the shared “Project Graduation Flywheel” mission I challenged us with at the beginning of the school year. When we all step up and push together, we’re better able to support our students’ success and ultimate graduation goal. And, there’s nothing like witnessing that end result in person. 

Commencement double-header
The big day is Saturday, Dec. 17 and I invite you to attend with me. Even better, plan to volunteer and continue to show our students how much their achievement means to you. I guarantee you’ll come out refocused and reenergized about the work you do as a student affairs professional. 

And, our events staff can really use your help this year. For the first time, they’re coordinating two Fall Commencement ceremonies and they’ll both be held on the 17th. Kind of a Commencement double-header, if you will.

The CU Denver ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Colorado Convention Center and will include several of our colleagues, including the Career Center’s Jessie Czerwonka Roller and Graduate Peer Advisor Negin Moallem. You can read about them and CU College of Nursing graduate Scout Dellamia​ in the “What’s New” section of this newsletter. 

The CU Anschutz Commencement is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Denver Airport Convention Center. It will include graduates from the College of Nursing, Physical Therapy Program, Graduate School and the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program.

Even if you’re unable to attend the ceremonies, I encourage you to make it a point to congratulate our fall graduates. Then take a minute to congratulate yourself and your colleagues. This is a team effort and every Commencement Day is a reason to celebrate.

Now, let’s start pushing toward Spring ’17 Commencement. Enjoy the season and Happy New Year! 


Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz Division of Student Affairs


Please contact Bonnie Hixson​ to schedule a time to meet​

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