UNC Spring Commencement Ceremonies, May 8-9

UNC Spring Commencement Ceremonies, May 8-9

The University of Northern Colorado will hold ceremonies marking the 119th spring commencement May 8-9 on campus.

Denver County Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O'Malley will address about 1,200 spring and 300 summer graduates during the undergraduate ceremony, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road. During the ceremony, O'Malley's parents, former longtime Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb and First Lady Wilma J. Webb, will be presented with honorary degrees. Mr. Webb earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Sociology from UNC in 1964 and 1971, respectively. Distinguished faculty and student leadership awards will also be presented during the ceremony.

The Graduate School ceremony to award specialist, master's and doctoral degrees will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, in Butler-Hancock Hall, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street. National education leader and former UNC President Robert C. Dickeson will be the featured speaker.

Undergraduate Ceremony Update, Friday, May 8: The spring undergraduate ceremony will remain outdoors at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at UNC's Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road. Please keep in mind that there's a chance of rain, wind and cooler temperatures and plans should be made accordingly. Consider wearing layered clothing and bringing umbrellas, ponchos, hats and raincoats. With a chance of showers this evening, be advised that the uncovered, outdoor seats may be wet. While the university has an inclement weather plan in place, the decision to continue with the ceremony outdoors avoids disrupting family graduation plans. The inclement weather plan would have included splitting the ceremony into five separate ceremonies with limited seating at different indoor locations at three different times. The university does not have a local indoor alternative nearby to accommodate the close to 1,500 graduates in addition to faculty, friends and family.

For more information about the ceremonies:
- http://www.unco.edu/regrec/graduation/ (undergraduate)
- http://www.unco.edu/grad/current/commencementInfo.pdf (graduate)

About the Class of 2009 (spring)

- No. of students graduating: About 1,400 receiving bachelor's and graduate degrees and certificates

- No. of students earning bachelor's: 1,200

- No. of students earning master's: 185

- No. of students earning certificate/specialist: 10

- No. of students earning doctorates: 20

- Age range: 19-61 (undergrad), 22-63 (grad)

- Average age: 24 (undergrad), 34 (grad)

- Graduate's average GPA: 3.16 (undergrad), 3.8 (grad)

- Average number of years to graduation: 4.1 (undergrad), 3.7 (grad)

- Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded): Undergraduate - Interdisciplinary Studies (15 percent), Business Administration (13 percent), Psychology (8 percent), Communication Studies (6 percent), Sport and Exercise Science (6 percent); Graduate '' Special Education (15 percent), Sport and Exercise Science (9 percent), Nursing (9 percent), Clinical Counseling (8 percent), Music (8 percent)

- International Countries Represented: Six (Azerbaijan, China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela)

- Countries of exchange students (at UNC, graduating from home countries): Denmark, Germany, France, Ireland, Austria, Benin, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Canada

- States Represented: 41 (AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY)

- Colorado Counties Represented: 52 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lake, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma)