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MSU Denver set to graduate its most diverse fall class

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

Posted: December 11, 2014

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver will celebrate its most diverse undergraduate fall class—393 students of color, led by 233 Latino students including eight ASSET students—at Fall Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center.

Graduating this semester are 1,287 bachelor’s and 37 master’s students. Of the 37 master’s degrees to be awarded, 20 are in teaching and 17 are in accounting. Transfer students make up 66 percent, veterans 5 percent and first-generation college students 26 percent of the undergraduate class.

MSU Denver remains the leader in the number of diverse students among Colorado’s four-year colleges and universities. Students of color comprise 31 percent of the graduating class. They range in age from 72-year-old Africana Studies major Nancyjane Chokyi Hall to 20-year-old psychology major Marilyn Calderon. Consistent with national higher education trends that women increasingly outpace men, representing 58 percent of the graduates.

Eric Klein, the Outstanding Fall Graduate Award recipient for fall 2014, will give the student address. Klein earned two degrees in biology and psychology. He is an honors program graduate with Summa Cum Laude status. With research as his passion, he won the Outstanding Psychology Researcher and Outstanding Psychology Scholar awards in both his junior and senior years. Klein also won a regional research award; had an article accepted for publication in a scholarly journal; and co-authored 16 presentations, five as lead author.

The graduates’ top five majors in order are biology, criminal justice and criminology, psychology, management and art. Students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines represent 27 percent of graduates. Eleven percent of the graduates, or 137 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 58 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 nearly 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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