Commencement Speakers Spring 2014

Graduate Commencement

Spring 2014 Speaker - Connie Willis


Connie Willis is an acclaimed science-fiction writer, the author of "Doomsday Book", "To Say Nothing of the Dog", "Lincoln's Dreams", "Bellwether", the two-volume "Blackout" and "All Clear, and "The Best of Connie Willis."  Willis's novels and short stories have won a record number of Hugo and Nebula Awards (science fiction's most prestigious awards), and she is the first author to have won awards in all four categories of both awards.   She is also the recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.Three years ago she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and two years ago, she was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction. 

 Willis is a University of Northern Colorado alum, having majored in English and elementary education.  She currently works with the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, and recently donated her manuscripts and papers to UNC's Michener Library.  Her husband, Courtney W. Willis, is a UNC professor emeritus of physics.


Undergraduate commencement


Spring 2014 Speaker - Dan Augenstein


A Colorado native, Daniel Augenstein has been an art educator and artist in Greeley since 1976 when he graduated from the University of Northern Colorado (BA with Honors in Visual Arts).  In 1985, Dan earned his Master of Arts in Painting from UNC.  During his 32-year career in Greeley public schools he taught art at Brentwood MS, Heath JHS, and Greeley West HS.  Along with art instruction at GWHS, Dan was also the Director of Advanced Academics where he coordinated the gifted program, the International Baccalaureate (IB), and the Advanced Placement programs.  He has served as President of the IB Association of Rocky Mountain Schools (2004-06), IB Visual Arts examiner and IB Visual Arts workshop leader.   

In 2007, Dan retired from public school teaching to pursue a full-time career as a studio artist.  He has shown work in the Colored Pencil Society of America National exhibit.  His oils, acrylics, watercolors, drawings, prints, and ceramics are represented by the Columbine Gallery in Loveland and the Madison and Main in Greeley.  Hi work is owned by collectors both in United States and Europe.  He continues to teach art as a part-time instructor at Aims Community College. 

Dan is married to his high school sweet-heart, Deborah, and has three grown children who with their spouses have given Dan and Deb five grandchildren. 


Past Commencement Speakers

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

Fall 2013 Speeches

7:00 p.m. spring graduate ceremony

Keynote Speaker - William (Bill) J. Rowley, Ed.D.

Student Address - Matthew Daniel Armentrout

9:00 a.m. spring undergraduate ceremony

Keynote Speaker - Patrick Sherwood

Student Address - Lauren Ashley Zdanowitz

12:30 p.m. spring undergraduate ceremony

Keynote Speaker - Patrick Sherwood

Student Address - Jeri Marie Salas

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