May 6, 2010
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Commencement to be held outdoors
For the first time in its history, Metro State commencement will be held outdoors on the Auraria Campus Athletic Fields.
In a springtime story that’s becoming as reliable as the bloom of the crocuses, Metropolitan State College of Denver expects to graduate more students than ever before at its upcoming commencement.
Yet, in a break from tradition, this year’s commencement ceremony will be the first ever held outdoors for the College. The festivities will be held on the Auraria Athletic Fields at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 16.
Metro State President Stephen Jordan will deliver the commencement address.
The candidates for Metro State’s largest graduating class number 1,615 -- a 27 percent increase over the previous record high, last year’s 1,268 candidates.
President Stephen Jordan, who first delivered the College’s commencement address in fall 2005, will do the honors again on May 16.
As usual, the Metro State grads are a diverse bunch. Nearly 20 percent are students of color, with the Latino student population representing 10.7 percent of the total. Ten graduates are 20 years old or younger, and seven are 60 or older.
This age range is bracketed by music major Anthony Fortunato and hospitality major Juliana Kelman, both 19, and 67-year-old history major Kenneth Dailey. Two thirds of the graduates transferred to Metro State from other institutions.
The top 10 for majors for spring commencement are biology, behavioral science, psychology, criminal justice and criminology, history, accounting, speech communication, management, art, and human performance and sport. Thirteen percent of the graduates, or 207 students, are seeking teacher licensure.