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MSU Denver to honor Latino graduates at 18th annual Latino Graduation Ceremony on May 6

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

Posted: May 6, 2015

WHAT: Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association and Latino Graduation Planning Committee will continue an 18-year tradition of celebrating Latino students’ achievements with a culturally relevant graduation celebration.

More than 380 Latino students are expected to graduate this spring and nearly 400 guests will attend this special graduation ceremony. This unique event will celebrate MSU Denver’s Latino graduates with a program that showcases and embraces their heritage, including cultural values, traditions, family and community.


WHEN: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Program Agenda:

Registration, Dinner, Entertainment by Del Barrios guitar duo                         5:30 p.m.        

Welcome, Opening Ceremony, Poetry Reading                                                6 p.m.

Michael Ferrufino, Keynote                                                                           6:30 p.m.                        

Espiritu de Aztlan Award                                                                               7 p.m.             

Cultural stole and certificate presentation                                                       7:10 p.m.           

Acknowledgements, Closing, Banda 14-piece brass band performance              8 p.m.


WHERE: Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204


WHO: Latino graduates and their families, faculty, staff and community members

About the keynote speaker:

Michael Ferrufino,brings a strong understanding of Latino business and community issues to many organizations. As the vice president and general manger of Latino Communications, a local, minority-owned Denver-based media company, Ferrufino serves as the owner and operator of four Spanish Language radio stations in Colorado (KBNO-1280 in Denver, KXRE-1490/98.5 FM in Colorado Springs and KAVA 1480 AM in Pueblo).He has significant experience developing complex business strategies and leading strategic partnerships, as well as hands-on knowledge of electronic broadcast issues.

Ferrufino has served or currently serves on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Robby’s Friends, Mi Casa Resource Center, Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation, Denver Health Foundation, Denver Public Schools Foundation, the Ohio Center for Broadcasting and Susan G. Komen Colorado.

MSU Denver was recognized nationally in 2010 by Excelencia in Education as one of four model institutions that are emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI). This year MSU Denver participated in national research study with Excelencia to identify how state policies may help or hinder Latino student success in higher education. Federal recognition as an HSI requires a 25 percent Latino undergraduate enrollment. Securing HSI status is important to MSU Denver because it opens the door to a new level of federal assistance, programs and grant opportunities that benefit not only Latino students but the entire University community. This year Latino students represent 19 percent of the total graduating class and, as persistence and graduation continues for students of color, culturally relevant programs such as the Latino Graduation Ceremony will continue exemplify the support and recognition Latino students receive at MSU Denver.


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 21,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s nearly 80,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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