Header image for Davidson's Desk president's newsletterDec. 19, 2022


It is the final week of the fall semester here at Metropolitan State University of Denver — classes are finished, faculty members are finalizing grades, and staff members are finishing their last tasks of the year before the University closes for winter break.

While things around here are quiet without the bustle and energy that 17,000 students bring to campus, we’re also in celebration mode after two wonderful Commencement ceremonies last week.

More than 1,300 MSU Denver students graduated Friday, ranging in age from 20 to 61, and a remarkable 52% were the first in their families to earn a college degree. It is always an honor to share the stage with such accomplished Roadrunners and a joy to watch their friends and families cheer them on.

As we wrap up 2022 and look forward to a new year, I want to wish you a joyous holiday season from all of us at MSU Denver. Check out our annual holiday video below for a special greeting




Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
President, MSU Denver

MSU Denver in the News

MSU Denver program helps migrant farmworkers afford colleges (9News)
The longstanding program continues to help students with financial aid and other resources when they get to campus.

Colorado has big gaps in who finishes college. Can a post-pandemic push turn the tide? (Chalkbeat)
Colorado has some of the nation’s largest gaps in college completion for its students of color. Part of its new strategy includes spending federal relief dollars to bring students back to school.

Students’ archaeological dig peers into Auraria campus’s past as Denver’s oldest neighborhood (Denver Post)
Items found are intended to be housed in a forthcoming museum about the displaced Aurarians.

Mariachi Estelares de Colorado performs at Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival (CBS4)
The all-star group of high school musicians from across Colorado auditioned to be in an ensemble led by MSU Denver Professor Lorenzo Trujillo.

Stories from MSU Denver

Reimagining higher education: 2017-22
MSU Denver looks back at President Davidson’s first five years at the University.

MSU Denver embarks on Health Institute Simulation Labs project
Learn about the design and construction timeline and how the new space will revolutionize teaching and learning.

University expands Pacesetter Scholarship Program
New donation to MSU Denver to make college dream possible for more students.

Initiative aims to strengthen ‘backbone’ of democracy
MSU Denver’s Institute for Public Service to prepare students for government and nonprofit careers.

Use your words: how to disagree constructively on a college campus
Bipartisan leaders and dialogue experts discuss freedom of speech and democracy.

Upcoming MSU Denver Events

Oct. 11 | 11 a.m. keynote | 2:30 p.m. panel
Richard T. and Virginia Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Join MSU Denver and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies for the 2022 Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship, a full day of events at St. Cajetan's featuring Ernesto Quiñonez, this year’s Castro Professor. RSVP for Castro events

Oct. 27 | 2-3 p.m.
President’s Fireside Chat with Gen. Darren McDew
Gen. Darren W. McDew is a retired U.S. Air Force general who served as the Commander of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Hosted by President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., in JSSB Room 420, the hybrid event will include an engaging discussion on the importance of public service along with insight on McDew’s experience in leadership. RSVP for McDew chat

Dec. 16 | 9:30 a.m. ceremony | 2:30 p.m. ceremony
Fall 2022 Commencement
MSU Denver's fall Commencement ceremonies will be held at the Denver Coliseum.
Morning Ceremony | College of Business; College of Health and Applied Sciences
Afternoon Ceremony | College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; School of Education; School of Hospitality
More info

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