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Metropolitan State University of Denver

4th Annual Veterans Graduation Ceremony

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

Posted: May 16, 2014

WHAT: Metropolitan State University of Denver is hosting its fourth annual veterans graduation ceremony featuring Air Force veteran and court administrator Zelda M. DeBoyes, (B.S., aviation management ’85), as the keynote speaker. MSU Denver’s Alumni Association recognized DeBoyes with its Giving Back Award in 2012 for her work in the Denver community and leadership in the court system. DeBoyes served on active duty in the Air Force as an administrative specialist from 1975-1979 and in the reserves from 1980-1988.

Veteran graduates will be presented with the official MSU Denver challenge coin commencement medallion, which they are encouraged to wear as part of their graduation regalia at the University’s 2014 Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 18. Of the nearly 1,000 veteran students enrolled at MSU Denver, 76 are expected to graduate. Veteran enrollment has risen dramatically since 2001 at MSU Denver, surging after the Post 9/11 GI Bill in 2009 that substantially increased veterans’ education benefits.

WHY:   MSU Denver recognizes the dedicated service and unique accomplishments of graduating student veterans.

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, May 16, 2014 – 10 a.m. - Noon (Program begins at 10:45 a.m.)

St. Cajetan’s Center

(890 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204)

For parking and directions, visit


WHO: Emcee: Derrick Haynes, director of Student Academic Success

  Pledge of Allegiance: Brittany Bartges, president of MSU Denver Student Veterans

  National Anthem: Performed by Brittany Chard

  Invocation: 2nd Lt. Gabriel Hess, Iliff School of Theology

              Keynote: Zelda M. DeBoyes (B.S., aviation management ’85)

              Acknowledgements: Martha Eaton, assistant director of the Health Center at Auraria and U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Petty Officer

              “America the Beautiful”: Performed by Brittany Chard   

              Closing: Derrick Haynes, director of Student Academic Success

              Benediction: 2nd Lt. Gabriel Hess, Iliff School of Theology


Military Times ranked MSU Denver 50th out of the top 86 colleges for veterans in the country in its annual “Best for Vets: College 2014” listing, which highlights the most important school support services for vets based on university culture, student support, academic quality, academic policies and financial aid.



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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