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MSU Denver moves to two Commencement ceremonies as it graduates its largest, most diverse class ever

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: May 12, 2015

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver will celebrate a record number of graduates and the most diverse undergraduate class in the University’s history—including 619 students of color, led by 384 Latino students—at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 16 at the Denver Coliseum.

To offer graduates and their guests the most enjoyable Commencement experience, MSU Denver will for the first time hold two ceremonies in a new location. The Denver Coliseum will be the site for a 9 a.m. ceremony for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, followed by a 2:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Business and College of Professional Studies. Master’s graduates will participate in the ceremony that corresponds with their college of study.

The need for two ceremonies is prompted by continued growth in MSU Denver’s number of graduates, a trend that has been consistent for the past seven years. MSU Denver has increased the number of degrees awarded from 2,280 in 2004-2005 to an estimated 3,650 in 2014-2015. Saturday’s graduation will bring an estimated 1,995 bachelor’s graduates, which exceeds last spring’s record-breaking total of 1,954. Students completing master’s degrees total 162: 89 in social work, 59 in teaching and 14 in accountancy.

April E. De Crescentis, the Spring 2015 President’s Award recipient, will give the student address during the afternoon ceremony and Abby Wright will address the morning ceremony as the Spring 2015 Provost’s Award recipient. De Crescentis graduates with a degree in business management with a 4.0 GPA and a record of multiple volunteer roles benefitting the community. Wright, a member of multiple honor societies and also active in the community, graduates with a 3.84 GPA with a double major in psychology and English.

The Spring 2015 class includes a record 14 ASSET graduates, up from the previous year’s two graduates.

The age range of the graduates is bracketed by 20-year-old bachelor of science major Shelby Klepper and 72-year-old bachelor of arts major Carol Johnson. Consistent with national higher-education trends, women continue to outpace men, representing 59 percent of the graduates.

Transfer students make up 67 percent and veterans comprise five percent of the graduating class. Thirty two percent of graduates are first-generation students, 37 percent are Pell-Eligible and 31 percent secured STEM-focused degrees.

The graduates’ top five majors in order are biology; criminal justice and criminology; psychology; hospitality, tourism and events; and human development. Nine percent of the graduates, or 183 students, are seeking teacher licensure, including two ASSET students.

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About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 58 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 21,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s nearly 80,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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