MSU Denver

Fall 2022 Ceremony Speakers

Morning Ceremony – Keynote Speaker: Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins ’99

Elias Diggins was sworn in as the sheriff of Denver in July 2020. He has been with the Denver Sheriff Department since 1994, holding all uniform ranks with various assignments during his career. He is a staunch supporter of the community and the men and the women of the Denver Sheriff Department. He is a Colorado native and grew up in the east Denver neighborhood of Montbello.

He is a nationally recognized law-enforcement official and a past president of the American Jail Association, in which he is also a Certified Jail Manager. During his term as AJA president, he introduced an initiative titled “Gender Equity in Jails Across America,” which was adopted by the Department of Justice – National Institute of Corrections. He is the recipient of several honors from various organizations, including the prestigious Legacy Award from the Association of Women Executives in Corrections. As an advocate for mental health, he created a Cabinet-level position in his administration titled “chief of Mental Health Services” and hired a licensed psychologist to fill the role.

Diggins is a Certified Correctional Executive through the American Correction Association, where he is also a former auditor, former commissioner and the past chair of the ACA’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Afternoon Ceremony Keynote Speaker: Gary Striewski ’10

Bristol, CT – November 6, 2019 – ESPN Images Photo Studio: Portrait of Gary Striewski.
(Photo by Melissa Rawlins / ESPN Images)

Gary Striewski is an anchor for “SportsCenter:AM,” the 7 a.m. ET edition of ESPN’s signature news-and-information program.

He also serves as commentator for ESPN’s digital and social content, most notably as host for “SportsCenter on Snapchat,” an extension of ESPN’s flagship franchise and the first daily sports show on the platform when it launched in 2017.

“SportsCenter on Snapchat” delivers the latest sports news, highlights and commentary with the fun, energy and personality that resonates with Snapchat’s audience. Striewski also regularly contributes to ESPN’s industry-leading social platforms, including as commentator for popular digital and social shows such as “Hoop Streams,” “Rankings Reaction” and “Baseball Tonight Live.”

Prior to joining ESPN in March 2018, Striewski most notably served as the Boston Red Sox sideline reporter for NESN. He has also previously held roles as sports reporter/anchor for KPRC in Houston, sports anchor for CBS Northern Colorado 5 and sports director for KGWN in Cheyenne.

Striewski graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.