Commencement. Just saying those two words gets me pumped up and even a little
emotional. Here at CU Denver we talk a lot about how we start our students out
with the end in mind, and more than 1500 students will proudly walk across their
finish line, our Commencement stage, this month. Getting them there is a
testament to the support you provide as student affairs professionals.
Biggest Commencement Ceremony ever
will be the largest Spring Commencement Ceremony in the history of CU Denver
and the Events & Partnerships team can use your help to pull it off. Please plan to carve out
some time either Friday, May 12 or Saturday, May 13 to be a commencement
volunteer. Just email
Zack Strober for your assignment and details.
Make a difference for disabled students
course, the thrill of Commencement Saturday is preceded by the mad rush of
final exams week. It’s always a busy time, especially for our Disability
Resources and Services team (DRS). The disability team provides
disability-related accommodations year-round for more than 900 students. During
finals, that means helping to administer and proctor exams, and that’s where
you come in. Please check your calendar for the week of Monday, May 8 through
Friday, May 12 and schedule time to be a DRS volunteer. Email Danielle Becerra or
call 303-315-3510 for details and to volunteer. I thank you for your efforts
and so do our students.
Final chance to read scholarships
on the subject of volunteers, wow! Thanks to all of you who’ve volunteered to
read scholarship applications. Your hours spent reviewing the submissions has
made a world of difference for the Scholarship Services and Programming team
and for our students who will be awarded the scholarships. But, our work’s not
finished. There’s still one more reading session scheduled for Friday, May 5
and it’s not too late to participate. I encourage as many of you as possible to
up online for your best time. I know from my own experience how
rewarding it is to help our hard-working students receive the scholarship funds
they’ve earned. Please contact
Melanie McLaren with any questions.
Proud of our graduates
brings me back to Commencement and the emotions that come along with it. It
seems like a piece of our hearts leaves with each student as they graduate. But,
any sadness I feel is overwhelmed by the sense of pride I take in their
accomplishment and the role each or you played in their success.
Spotlight on students
need a reminder of how our support helps, we’ve got two great examples right
here in “The Connection” newsletter. Look for CU
Denver’s David Heisler and the crazy cycling adventure he’s scheduled
for himself this summer, and Anowara
Begum, a CU Anschutz student from Bangladesh who served as
president of the campus’ International Student Group in the "What's New" section.
See you at our conference!
efforts, your support programs and your guidance have a huge impact on our
students’ positive experiences. And, when we all get together for our Division
of Student Affairs Conference: Creating a Culture of Collaboration on
Wednesday, May 31, we’ll learn about new ways we can team up for student success.
and I’ll see you there.
celebrate our students and enjoy the month!