The University of Northern Colorado held ceremonies marking the 123rd spring commencement May 10-11 on campus.
The Graduate School ceremony to award specialist, master's and doctoral degrees was at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in Butler-Hancock Hall, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.
About 275 spring graduates received degrees. Another 274 students expected to complete degree requirements this summer were also included in the spring ceremony. UNC doesn't offer a summer commencement ceremony.
UNC alumnus John Rodwick, a board-certified executive coach and licensed psychologist with specialties in developmental, counseling and organizational psychology, was the featured speaker.
Rodwick, who earned a Ph.D. with dual majors in management and psychology from UNC in 1966, works with top-level managers from national and multi-national corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies as a board-certified executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership.
He previously had a successful 30-year career at Pikes Peak Community College as both a business professor, dean of Developmental Studies and vice president for Student Relations.
The undergraduate commencement ceremony was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road. About 1,140 spring and 370 summer graduates received degrees.
UNC alumnus Kelly Johnson, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Children's Hospital Colorado, was the featured speaker.
After earning her bachelor's degree in nursing from UNC in 1982, Johnson earned a master's degree in family health care and neuroscience nursing from the University of California, and currently is a Ph.D. candidate with a focus on health outcomes at the University of Colorado.
She served as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Craig Hospital in Denver for 15 years before assuming the same roles at Children's Hospital in 2008.
Recipient of the Colorado Nurses Association's Nightingale Award for Excellence in Human Caring in 2005, she has published numerous articles and book chapters and regularly presents at regional and national meetings.
Distinguished faculty and student leadership awards were also presented during the ceremony.
About UNC's Spring 2013 Graduating Class
- No. of students graduating: 1,419
- No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 1,144
- No. of students earning graduate degrees: 275 (227 master's, 29 doctorates, 19 certificate/specialists)
- Age range: Undergrad: 20-79; Grad: 21-63
- Average age: Undergrad: 25; Grad: 32
- Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.25; Grad: 3.79
- Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 4 years / 11 terms
- Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Nursing, Communication Studies. Grad: Special Education, Music, Sport and Exercise Science, Educational Leadership, School Counseling, School Psychology.
- International Countries Represented (students earning degrees): 13 (Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan)
- Countries of Exchange Students (at UNC, graduating from home countries): 14 (Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Thailand)
- States Represented: 31 (Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
- Colorado Counties Represented: 42 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Baca, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Routt, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld)
Tentative as of April 25, 2013.