Two years after it opened its doors in 1965, Metropolitan State College of Denver reached an important milestone in its history when it hosted its first Commencement ceremony.

By the time 1969 came around, the school had awarded more than 150 associate degrees before it awarded its first 60 baccalaureate degrees at a ceremony June 1 of that year.

Since those ceremonies, thousands of other students from diverse backgrounds have chosen to receive their education from what is now Metropolitan State University of Denver. On Friday, the University will celebrate another important milestone: its 100,000th graduate.

The tally stood at 99,401 graduates after the spring 2020 Commencement, said Brandi Rideout, MSU Denver director of alumni relations. When the University examined the list of fall 2020 graduates, No. 599 landed on Branden Ingersoll.