UNC Hosts Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 14-15

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The University of Northern Colorado will host fall graduation ceremonies Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, in Butler-Hancock Hall, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.

The Graduate School ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. About 200 candidates are scheduled to receive their master's, doctoral and specialist degrees.

The featured speaker will be UNC professor emerita of Visual Arts Lydia Ruyle, a world-renowned artist and author who continues to create and exhibit her art, host workshops and speak at national and international conferences. She earned her master's degree from UNC.

About 580 undergraduates are scheduled to receive their degrees during two ceremonies in Butler-Hancock Hall on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The ceremony for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University College will be at 9 a.m.

The ceremony for the Monfort College of Business, College of Natural and Health Sciences, and College of Performing and Visual Arts will be at 12:30 p.m.

The featured speaker for both ceremonies will be UNC alumnus Tim Jorstad, a nationally recognized financial accountant and business manager whose high-profile clients include Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead, Journey and the Doobie Brothers. Jorstad graduated summa cum laude from UNC in 1975.

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

About the Fall 2012 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 786
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 588
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 198 (159 master's, 6 certificate/specialists, 33 doctorates)
  • Age range: Undergrad: 20-68; Grad: 23-62
  • Average age: Undergrad: 26; Grad: 34
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.2; Grad: 3.78
  • Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 12 terms
  • Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, Psychology, Communication Studies; Grad: Special Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Education, Educational Psychology, Clinical Counseling
  • Countries Represented: 12 (Canada, Columbia, Iran, Japan, Libya, Kenya, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United States)
  • States Represented: 36 (AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA,ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 36 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Conejos, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Jefferson, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Summit, Teller, Weld, Yuma)

(Tentative numbers as of Nov. 29 and unofficial until degrees are conferred.)


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