Commencement Speakers Fall 2015

Graduate Commencement

Fall 2015 Graduate Speaker - Ray Tschillard

Ray Tschillard is the founding director of the Poudre Learning Center,
a multi-disciplinary earth-systems-based educational organization that
offers an outdoor experiential learning environment for the public, students
of all ages and teacher development. Through Ray’s vision, drive and
determination, the PLC grew into a 3,000-square-foot building situated on
65 acres of short grass prairie and Poudre River riparian land just west
of Greeley.

Ray has over 30 years of educational experience. In 1991, he earned his
master’s degree in Earth Science at UNC. He taught earth science from
grades six through the graduate level, and was with Biological Science
Curriculum Study (BSCS) in Colorado Springs, where his work focused on
reforming science education. He has guided professional development for
secondary science teachers as a contributor to the Colorado State Science
Standards for the Earth and Space Sciences. An educational mentor,
motivator and evaluator, Ray has given numerous presentations about
experiential learning, interdisciplinary teaching and earth systems education
at state, national and international professional meetings.

In February 2008, the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
awarded Ray the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor
for environmental educators in Colorado. This award commemorates the
19th century naturalist, Enos Mills, whose vision, photographs and writings
were largely responsible for the establishment of Rocky Mountain National
Park. Like Enos Mills, Ray has demonstrated leadership and commitment
to the field of environmental education through the body of his work. He
is an inaugural member and vice chair of UNC’s College of Natural and
Health Sciences’ Advisory Board.

The Iowa native and his wife Debbie live in Greeley. They have two adult children, Zac and Amber, and three grandchildren, Hailey, Owen and Scarlett.


Undergraduate commencement


Fall 2015 Undergraduate Speaker - Greg Anton


Greg Anton is Chairman and CEO of Anton Collins Mitchell LLP, (ACM) a Colorado based CPA firm. The 100+ member firm has been recognized as a Best Accounting Firm and Best Company to Work for and a two time Fastest Growing Private Company. Greg is a 1987 graduate of UNC, a recipient of the Honored Alumni Award for his contributions to business, past President of the Alumni Association and past chair of the School of Accountancy Advisory Board.

Greg served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) (2006-2009, 2010-2013) and as Chairman (2011-2012). He is the recipient of the AICPA’s 2015 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service; the highest award granted by the AICPA and is given to CPAs who have made major contributions to the CPA profession.  Accounting Today has recognized Greg as one of the Top Most Influential People in Accounting.

Greg served as Chair of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors during its Centennial year and co-chaired its Centennial Scholarship Campaign which successfully raised over $1.0 million for college accounting scholarships.

Greg and his wife Julie, who he met at UNC, have two children, Cameron and Jacob.


Past Commencement Speakers

View the list of UNC's many past inspirational Commencement speakers.

Spring 2015 Speeches


7:00 p.m. spring Graduate ceremony

Keynote Speaker - Holly Porter

Student Address - Amber Rea

10:00 a.m. spring Undergraduate ceremony

Keynote Speaker - Jim Lyons

Student Address - Michelle Weeks

1:00 p.m. spring Undergraduate ceremony

Keynote Speaker - Jim Lyons

Student Address - Michelle Weeks

4:00 p.m. spring Undergraduate Ceremony

Keynote Speaker - Jim Lyons

Student Address - Michelle Weeks


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