UNC Holds 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 5-6

The University of Northern Colorado held ceremonies marking the 127th spring commencement May 5-6.

The Graduate School ceremony to award specialist, master's and doctoral degrees was at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Bank of Colorado Arena in the Butler-Hancock Athletic Center, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.

About 300 spring graduates received advanced degrees. Approximately 290 graduate students expected to complete advanced degree requirements this summer were eligible to participate in the spring ceremony. UNC doesn't offer a summer commencement ceremony.

UNC alumnus Bruce Pearson was the keynote speaker for the Graduate School ceremony.

Pearson, who earned his master's degree from UNC in 1969 and was named a 2017 UNC Honored Alumnus, has been an international leader in band music education for more than 30 years. He's published numerous books on music teaching methods, and his Standards of Excellence teaching materials are used by most school band programs in the United States to teach new musicians.

The undergraduate commencement ceremony was at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road.

About 1,000 spring graduates received their undergraduate degrees. An additional 300 students expected to complete degree requirements this summer were eligible to participate in the spring ceremony because UNC doesn't offer a summer commencement ceremony.

The ceremony's featured speaker will be retired petroleum geologist Raymond Pierson, who, after receiving his bachelor's degree in geology from UNC in 1980, turned a class project into a study that led to the discovery of oil and gas in the Codell sandstone layer of the Wattenberg Gas Field in Weld and neighboring counties. His discovery is still producing gas and oil today.

Distinguished faculty and student leadership awards were also presented during the ceremony.

About UNC's Spring/Summer 2017 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 2,043
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 1,432
  • No. of bachelor degree recipients who attended commencement: 1,175
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 609 (474 master's, 93 doctorates, 42 certificate/specialists)
  • No. of graduate degree recipients who attended commencement: 372
  • Age range: Undergrad: 20-60; Grad: 20-66
  • Average age: Undergrad: 24; Grad: 33
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.21; Grad: 3.82
  • Most popular majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Business Administration, Sport and Exercise Science, Nursing, Psychology, Criminal Justice. Grad: Education, Special Education, Educational Leadership, Music, Speech-Language Pathology.
  • International Countries Represented: 18 (Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic), Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom)
  • States/Territories Represented: 46 (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 50 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Conejos, Crowley, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kit Carson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma)

Tentative as of May 4, 2017. Degrees yet to be conferred for spring/summer 2017.

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