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MSU Denver Events

‌The College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences is proud of the events available to students here on campus, and encourages all students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of what MSU Denver has to offer. Many events on campus are tri-institutional; most all events below are open to all students from CCD, MSU, and CU Denver. Come join us to help develop your education, your career goals, and to celebrate culture!

Below are a few of the signature annual events sponsored by various departments within the College of LAS. This is by no means an exhaustive list of what is offered on campus. To see a comprehensive list of events, please visit the university's event calendar!


GITA Community Awards


The GITA Community Awards is a long-standing tradition created by MSU Denver’s Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA) that celebrates women at the university who have enhanced our campus community with their outstanding contributions. It is also a fundraiser for four scholarships the department hosts: the Pamela McIntyre-Marcum Memorial Scholarship, the Activist Scholarship, the Nueva Esperanza Scholarship, and the Meredith Wetzel Scholarship. These scholarships aim to support students affected by interpersonal violence, social activists, students with a migrant farmworker background, and those that have dealt with a life-threatening illness or injury.


Richard T. Castro Distinguished Professorship


The Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The professorship brings renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders of distinction to MSU Denver to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.

To visit the official Castro website, click here.


Women in STEM Conference


The goal for this conference is to discuss the challenges women face in STEM disciplines and the tools for overcoming those challenges. These topics are particularly pertinent to our student population, of which more than half are women and largely women of color -- both of which are underrepresented in STEM fields.

To visit the official Women in STEM website, click here.


Sugar SkullsDia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead


Throughout Mexico and around the world, Día de los Muertos brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Far from a morose affair, Day of the Dead is a celebration, rich in traditions and connections—it is a heartfelt celebration of life.


Bridge Speaker


The Bridge Speaker event is the annual tradition of an influential African-American woman being invited to speak on educational issues and topics here at MSU Denver. The Bridge Speaker is a dedicated African-American Woman who speaks about her work and impact on our society and thereby to symbolize the bridge between Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. Now in its 25th year, this long-standing tradition serves as a forum to educate our campus on the experiences and contributions of African-American women. It also addresses diversity initiatives like fostering social awareness, academic enrichment, and increasing multi-cultural campus competencies.

To visit the official Bridge Speaker website, click here.


Black World Conference


For more than 40 years, the Africana Studies Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver has focused on providing quality educational programming for its students and for the community. This conference is an example of the dedication that the faculty have not only to the study of global Africa and its peoples, but to sharing that information and ensuring that all know the importance of the issues that affect the world. 


Latina GradLatinx Graduation


The Metropolitan State University of Denver's Latina/o Graduation Ceremony is an annual tradition to honor our impending Latina/o graduates. Latina/o graduates from the previous Fall semester, the current Spring semester, and the upcoming Summer semester are given the opportunity to be honored.

The purpose of this event is to provide a culturally responsive graduation experience for MSU Denver’s Latina/o graduates. The evening’s festivities will include a keynote speaker, cultural entertainment, recognition of the graduates and their families, a presentation of the Espíritu de Aztlán Award, and cake and punch to conclude the celebration.

To visit the official Latinx Graduation website, click here.




Lavender Graduation


Every semester, the Auraria Campus LGBTQ Student Resource Center hosts a Lavender Graduation. Lavender Graduation is a celebration of the accomplishment of graduation, honoring the journey and the additional obstacles that our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual plus (LGBTQIA+) students had to overcome through their college and university experiences.  

To visit the official Lavender Graduation website, click here.



African & African American Graduation


The African & African American Graduation Celebration is an annual tradition sponsored by MSU Denver's African American Affairs Council.  In addition the council will be collaborating with the Community College of Denver and University Colorado at Denver to honor their graduates as well.

We encourage our graduates to reflect on their experiences at MSU Denver by realizing that they have the skills, knowledge, resources, and strength to be successful with their new endeavors.  The program will consist of a welcome by senior level administrators and faculty, followed by dinner, and a keynote speech.  Our graduates will be presented with a Kente cloth stole which symbolizes very special occasions within African Culture.  Graduates are encouraged to where their Kente stoles during the college's graduation ceremony.  Then the graduates will then have an opportunity to share with the group any thoughts or emotions regarding this very special time in their lives.  Last the graduates will be charged by the director of Alumni as official graduates of the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

To visit the official African & African American Graduation webiste, click here.






Please check the following links for event schedules.

Department of Art

Department of Music

Department of Theatre


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