Commencement Ceremony Video
- May 6 Graduate School Ceremony
- May 7 Undergraduate Ceremony
About the Spring 2011 Graduation Class
As of April 22
- No. of students graduating: 1,418
- No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 1,127
- No. of students earning graduate degrees: 291 (245 master's, 21 certificate/specialists, 25 doctorates)
- Age range: Undergrad: 20-60; Grad: 22-67
- Average age: Undergrad: 24; Grad: 34
- Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.20; Grad: 3.83
- Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 12 terms
- Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded)
Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Psychology, Dietetics, English Language
Grad: Special Education, Music, Reading, Educational Leadership, Nursing
- International Countries Represented (students earning UNC degrees): 17 (Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emerates, United Kingdom, Ukraine)
- Countries of exchange students (at UNC, graduating from home countries): 14 (Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Thailand, Taiwan)
- States Represented: 44 (AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI,WV, WY)
- Colorado Counties Represented: 40 (Adams, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, San Miguel, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, and Yuma)
From the news release about commencement:
The University of Northern Colorado will hold ceremonies marking the 121st spring commencement May 6-7 on campus.
The Graduate School ceremony to award specialist, master's and doctoral degrees will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Butler-Hancock Hall, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street. About 290 spring graduates are expected. Another 188 students expected to complete degree requirements this summer will also be included in the spring ceremony. UNC doesn't offer a summer commencement ceremony.
Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers Without Borders and author of Rebel Without A Car: An Insider's View of Adolescence, will be the featured speaker. Mednick has spoken at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford, and lectures on human rights and education at the University of Washington.
On Saturday, May 7, former NFL great and honored UNC alumnus Dave Stalls will address about 1,100 spring and 350 summer graduates during the undergraduate ceremony, 10 a.m. at Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road.
Stalls, who graduated from UNC in 1978 with a degree in zoology, played nine seasons in the NFL, including on Super Bowl-winning teams with Dallas (XII) and Oakland (XVIII). His careers after football have included shark behavior research, veterinary medicine, investment banking, telecommunications sales and directing Colorado's largest urban recreation department in Denver. He's served as president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado since 2005.
Distinguished faculty and student leadership awards will also be presented during the ceremony.
For more information about the ceremonies (including the inclement weather plan for the outdoor undergraduate ceremony):