VIDEO: MSU Denver grads celebrate accomplishments, prepare for new paths
Over 1,300 students, more than half of whom are among the first in their families to attend college, earn their diplomas.
Metropolitan State University of Denver’s fall Commencement ceremony, held Dec. 16 at the Denver Coliseum, awarded diplomas to over 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Among those who earned their degrees this semester, 46% were students of color, 52% were first-generation students, 72 were military veterans, 61 were single parents and graduates ranged in age from 20 to 61.
“I’m proud of who is here today,” said MSU Denver President Janine Davidson, Ph.D. “I’m even more proud of what you’ve done as Roadrunners and what you are going to do as MSU Denver alums.”
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Davidson gave her address, followed by Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins and “SportsCenter” anchor Gary Striewski, who were keynote speakers. Graduating students joined a community of over 105,000 alumni who help power the economy in Colorado and around the globe.
“The world is run by the people who care to show up,” said Striewski. “Show up when given a chance to step outside your comfort zone or show up staring down the barrel of a pay cut and feeling like you just hit the lottery.”