UNC Holds Fall Commencement Dec. 9-10

About the Fall 2011 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 864
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 674
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 190 (172 master's, 7 certificate/specialists, 11 doctorates)
  • Age range: Undergrad: 20-59; Grad: 22-67
  • Average age: Undergrad: 25; Grad: 35
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.0; Grad: 3.83
  • Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 12 terms
  • Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded):
  • Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Psychology, Nursing, Sport and Exercise Science
  • Grad: Special Education, Education, Educational Leadership, Clinical Counseling, Sport and Exercise Science
  • Countries Represented: 11 (China, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominica, Ghana, India, Kuwait, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United States)
  • States Represented: 26 (AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MI, MN, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NC, RI, SC, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 28 (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Delta, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Kit Carson, La Plata, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Prowers, Pueblo, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma)

The University of Northern Colorado's fall commencement ceremonies will be Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, in Butler-Hancock Hall. Free parking will be available in adjacent lots.

The Graduate School ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, with 172 students receiving master's degrees, 11 receiving doctoral degrees and seven earning specialist degrees.

The featured speaker will be alumnus Jay M. Hardy, vice president and general manager of Centerra, the largest master-planned community in northern Colorado, and the newly branded North Park community in Broomfield.

Hardy, who earned his master's degree from UNC, currently serves on the Governor's State Workforce Development Council and the Broomfield Economic Development Council Board of Directors.

About 675 students will be awarded bachelor's degrees during two separate ceremonies.

The undergraduate ceremony for the Monfort College of Business, College of Natural and Health Sciences and College of Performing and Visual Arts will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The undergraduate ceremony for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University College will begin at 1 p.m.

The featured speaker for both ceremonies will be businessman Rodney J. Esch, a 1981 graduate of UNC. Known for his successes in turning around struggling businesses, he's currently the principle of RCA3 Management, providing services to client companies as a business advisor, board member and investor.

For the first time, the ceremonies will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://www.unco.edu/commencement/webcast.asp. University officials recommend visiting the site beforehand to download a small file required to view the free broadcasts and locate the link to them.

Also, DVDs of the ceremonies will be available for purchase for the first time. The cost is $30 per each high-definition disc, which includes shipping. DVDs will be available approximately three weeks after the ceremonies.

For additional information, visit www.unco.edu/commencement.