The University of Northern Colorado will hold ceremonies marking the 124th spring commencement May 9-10 on campus.
The Graduate School ceremony to award specialist, master's and doctoral degrees will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Butler-Hancock Hall, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.
About 265 spring graduates will receive degrees. Another 155 students expected to complete degree requirements this summer will also be included in the spring ceremony. UNC doesn't offer a summer commencement ceremony.
UNC alumnus and award-winning science fiction writer Connie Willis will be the featured speaker.
Willis' novels and short stories have won a record number of Hugo and Nebula awards - the genre's most prestigious honors. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2011.
Willis graduated from Colorado State College, now UNC, in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in English. She currently works with UNC's English honor society and recently donated her manuscripts to the university's Michener Library.
She and her husband, UNC Professor Emeritus Courtney Willis, live in Greeley.
The undergraduate commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Nottingham Field, intersection of 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road. About 1,190 spring and 390 summer graduates will receive degrees.
Two-time UNC alumnus and art educator Daniel Augenstein will be the featured speaker.
After earning his bachelor's degree in visual arts in from UNC in 1976, Augenstein began a 32-year career teaching art in Greeley public schools, including Greeley West High School, where he also served as director of Advanced Academics and coordinated the school's gifted program, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs.
Augenstein received his master's degree in painting from UNC in 1985, and since retiring from teaching in 2007, has pursued a full-time career as an artist, working in a variety of media. His work is owned by collectors in the United States and Europe.
He lives in Greeley with his wife Deborah.
Distinguished faculty and student leadership awards will also be presented during the ceremony.
Tickets are not required to attend either of the ceremonies and seating is available on a first-come basis.
Parking is free in UNC lots.
For additional information, including ceremony etiquette and protocols, the inclement weather plan for Saturday's ceremony and how to view a live webcast of the ceremonies, go to www.unco.edu/commencement.
About UNC's Spring 2014 Graduating Class
- No. of students graduating: 1,996
- No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 1,580
- No. of students earning graduate degrees: 418 (320 master's, 72 doctorates, 26 certificate/specialists)
- Age range: Undergrad: 19-66; Grad: 22-65
- Average age: Undergrad: 25; Grad: 33
- Graduate's average GPA: Undergrad: 3.22; Grad: 3.79
- Average number of years to graduation (undergrad): 4 years / 11 terms
- Most popular majors (by degrees awarded): Undergrad: Interdisciplinary Studies-Elementary Education, Business Administration, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Sport and Exercise Science. Grad: Special Education, Educational Leadership, Music, Sport and Exercise Science, Nursing, Clinical Counseling.
- International Countries Represented (students earning degrees): 13 (China, India, Indonesia, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirate, United Kingdom)
- Countries of Exchange Students (at UNC, graduating from home countries): 15 (Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom)
- States Represented: 40 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
- Colorado Counties Represented: 43 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Pueblo, Routt, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, Yuma)
Tentative as of April 18, 2014.