UNC Hosts Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 13-14

The University of Northern Colorado will host fall commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, 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. 13. About 250 candidates are scheduled to receive their master's, doctoral and specialist degrees.

The featured speaker will be educator, author, therapist and UNC alumnus William J. Rowley. Rowley, who earned his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from UNC in 1973, worked for 16 years as a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego before joining Seattle Pacific University, where he held a tenured faculty position, served as associate dean of Graduate Education and as dean of the School of Education before retiring in 2008.

Rowley and his wife, who now live in Fort Collins, are co-authors of On Wings of Mourning: Our Journey through Grief and Recovery, published following the death of their infant daughter. Rowley also authored a guide for counselors who work with teenagers.

He currently serves on the board of Directors of the UNC Alumni Association and on the Council of Regents of Seattle Pacific University.

About 650 undergraduates are scheduled to receive their degrees during two ceremonies in Butler-Hancock Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The ceremony for the Monfort College of Business, College of Natural and Health Sciences, and College of Performing and Visual Arts will be at 9 a.m.

The ceremony for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University College will be at 12:30 p.m.

The featured speaker for both ceremonies will be another UNC alumnus, Patrick Sherwood, an award-winning communications and branding professional whose 27-year career with large global communications agencies included work on brands such as Saturn, EA Sports, Dockers, Cadillac and Kia.

He currently is a principal with San Francisco-based Step One Branding, which he co-founded. He earned his master's degree in Speech Communications from UNC.

Tickets are not required to attend any of the ceremonies. Parking also is free. Entrances for parking lots are located at the corner of 14th Avenue and 20th Street or 11th Avenue and 22nd Street.

All ceremonies will be broadcast live online. Go to www.unco.edu/commencement/webcast.asp for instructions about the live video feed.

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

About UNC's Fall 2013 Graduating Class

  • No. of students graduating: 909
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 657
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 252 (225 master's, 22 doctorates, 5 certificate/specialists)
  • Age range: Undergrad: 21-65; Grad: 23-64
  • Average age: Undergrad: 27; Grad: 34.5
  • Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.21; Grad: 3.80
  • Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 4 years / 11 terms
  • Top 5 majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, Communication Studies, Psychology; Grad: Special Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Educational Psychology, Education, Clinical Counseling
  • International Countries Represented (students earning degrees): 13 (Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates)
  • Countries of Exchange Students (at UNC, graduating from home countries): 18 (Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom)
    States Represented: 40 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 39 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Garfield, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Prowers, Pueblo, Routt, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma)

(Tentative as of Dec. 5, 2013)