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Thomas Detour Evans in CU Denver regalia speaking at a lectern at the Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony.

Alumnus Thomas "Detour" Evans '08, MBA '12 Delivers Powerful Speech on his Career Path to Renowned Muralist

Marking the first in-person, traditional spring ceremony in three years, CU Denver’s May 14 Commencement featured a speaker who embodies the unconventional, resilient, and determined Lynx spirit. CU Denver Business School alum and renowned mural artist Thomas Evans, aka Detour, addressed this year’s graduating class of more than 2,200 students on the iconic Tivoli Quad, accompanied by near-perfect spring weather and a pristine backdrop of the downtown Denver skyline. 

This year’s graduating class of more than 2,200 represented 21 countries, ranged in age from 19 to 78, and included 882 first-generation students and 117 veterans. Graduates overcame a global pandemic and demonstrated success during one of the most challenging times in recent history, Chancellor Michelle Marks said.


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Lisa Roy MA '96, EdD '16 Named Sole Finalist to Lead Colorado’s New Early Childhood Agency

Lisa Roy, who previously served as executive director for early childhood education in Colorado’s largest school district and has held leadership roles in several philanthropic organizations, is the sole finalist to lead the state’s new Department of Early Childhood.

The new department, in existence since March 1, will oversee a host of early childhood programs now housed in the state’s Department of Human Services and the Department of Education. It will also manage Colorado’s new universal preschool program, an ambitious effort to provide tuition-free preschool to 4-year-olds statewide starting in the summer of 2023.

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Save the Date: Histories and Legacies of Displacement and Removal

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Cost/fee: Free
This two-day interactive symposium will confront the University of Colorado Denver’s histories of displacement and removal of Indigenous and Hispanic/Latinx communities, and find ways to move forward in educational, meaningful, transformative, and productive ways. The symposium will support on‐going efforts to construct long‐lasting mechanisms to capture and memorialize the forced relocations of communities of color that allowed for the existence of the Auraria Campus. The hope is that such efforts will ensure the continued sharing of Denver, Auraria, and campus history and promote broader understanding of the impact of displacement and gentrification. Our intention is that the symposium will inform the creation of a more inclusive campus that acknowledges its past and is mindful of its connection with current communities, many of which engage directly with CU Denver.
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32% of Employees

About 32% of CU Denver’s faculty and staff are also Lynx alumni.