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MSU Denver Set to Graduate its Largest, Most Diverse Class Ever

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

Posted: May 13, 2014

DENVER –Metropolitan State University of Denver will celebrate a record number of graduates and its most diverse undergraduate class ever—549 students of color, led by 331 Latino students including two ASSET students— at Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 18 at 9 a.m. on the Auraria Athletic Fields.

MSU Denver continues a six-year growth trend with 1,954 bachelor’s candidates, exceeding last year’s record of 1,860 spring graduates. One hundred thirty six students completed master’s degrees: 67 in social work, 56 in teaching and 13 in accountancy.

MSU Denver remains the leader in student diversity with the highest number of undergraduate students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. Of the spring 2014 graduating class, students of color comprise 28 percent. The age range of graduates ranges from 19-year-old bachelor of science major Emily Thomas to 71-year-old bachelor of arts major Cholkyi Kalzang. Consistent with national higher education gender trends, women continue to outpace men representing 60 percent of the graduates.

Transfer students make up 67 percent and veterans comprise four percent of the graduating class.

Genevieve Eigner-Ettelman, the President’s Award recipient for spring 2014, will give the student address. Eigner-Ettelman earned three degrees in psychology, criminal justice and criminology, and history. She graduates with a 3.99 GPA and dual minors in history and cinema studies. Eigner-Ettelman is a model student and civic steward, having tailored her research and multiple volunteer initiatives to benefit the greater Denver community.

The graduates’ top five majors in order are criminal justice and criminology, psychology, biology, English, and hospitality, tourism and events. Ten percent of the graduates, or 185 students, are seeking teacher licensure.

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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 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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