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MSU Denver celebrates fall commencement at Denver Coliseum Dec. 16

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

Posted: December 12, 2016

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver will celebrate the accomplishments of its most recent graduates at the fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Denver Coliseum. This semester’s graduating class includes 552 students of color, led by 322 Latino students and a record 22 ASSET students.

To offer graduates and their guests the most enjoyable commencement experience, MSU Denver will again hold two ceremonies. The Denver Coliseum will be the site for both a 9 a.m. ceremony for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, and a 2:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Business and College of Professional Studies. Master’s degree graduates will participate in the ceremony that corresponds with their college of study.

The need for two ceremonies is prompted by continued growth in MSU Denver’s number of graduates, a trend that started nine years ago. Friday’s fall graduation will see a record-breaking 1,550 bachelor’s graduates, a number that exceeds the 1,375 graduates from fall 2015. A total of 42 students completed master’s degrees: 22 in teaching and 20 in accountancy.

Ariadna Ochoa Magallanes, the fall 2016 President’s Award recipient, will deliver the student address during the morning ceremony and Levi Appenfelder, the fall 2016 Provost’s Award recipient, will address the afternoon ceremony. Ochoa Magallanes is a double major, graduating with degrees in modern language and Chicana/o studies, and earned a stellar 3.94 GPA. Appenfelder is graduating with an individualized degree in scientific graphics, having earned a perfect 4.0.

The fall 2016 class includes 22 ASSET graduates, up from last fall’s 17 graduates.

The age range of MSU Denver’s fall 2016 graduates spans many decades, from 18-year-old pre-nursing major Stephanie Martinez Escudero to 67-year-old speech communication major Denise Mavers. Consistent with national higher-education trends, women continue to outpace men, representing 57 percent of the graduates.

Transfer students make up 67 percent and veterans comprise 4 percent of the graduating class. Thirty-nine percent of graduates are first-generation students, 52 percent were Pell-eligible and 27 percent secured STEM-focused degrees.

The graduates’ top five majors in order are biology; psychology; criminal justice and criminology; management and individualized degrees. One hundred and fourteen students are seeking teacher licensure.

For more information on MSU Denver’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony, visit:


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 76 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, business, health administration, teaching and social work. Nearly 20,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 87,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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