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Convocation

Welcome to the Roadrunner Family!

Convocation is the beginning of a Roadrunner’s journey. This kick-off event serves as a “bookend” to each student’s academic journey, with Convocation: Roadrunner Rally as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal. The ceremony remarks will include a welcome from MSU Denver President Dr. Janine Davidson and from an alumni keynote speaker. This is an opportunity for incoming students to come together for their first official university event.

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Convocation 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Tivoli Quad at Auraria Campus

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A fun evening with food, games, music and an inspirational alumni speaker. Meet faculty, staff, and other students!

2021 Alumni Keynote Speaker: Victor Vela

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Vic was born and raised in Colorado and was the first member of his immediate family to attend college. He’s been an award-winning professional journalist for more than 20 years since graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2000.

 

Vic started his career as a sports anchor/reporter for an NBC affiliate in Texas. He also worked for newspapers, including as an investigative crime reporter for the Albuquerque Journal. He has covered government and politics in Colorado, and was a five-year member of the Colorado Capitol Press Corps.

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Nowadays, Vic is a news and podcast host and sports reporter for Colorado Public Radio. He’s also an affiliate journalism professor at his alma mater (MSU Denver).

Vic is a four-time Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist and has won dozens of other journalism awards in the Rocky Mountain region.

 

Vic is proudly open about the comebacks he’s made in his life. For 15 years, Vic suffered from a crippling addiction to powder and crack cocaine. He’s been in recovery since 2015. After testing positive for HIV in 2006, the virus has long-been undetectable thanks to his rigorous adherence to antiretroviral therapy.

 

Vic is the host of “Back from Broken,” a podcast about recovery and comeback stories from Colorado Public Radio.

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Welcome to the Roadrunner family at MSU Denver!

Tradition starts here! The university community looks forward to welcoming students to campus each year at Convocation.

Questions? Contact the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI)

Email:

[email protected]

Phone:

303-615-0606