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UNC to Hold Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 7-8

UNC to Hold Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 7-8

November 26, 2018

The University of Northern Colorado is hosting fall commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Bank of Colorado Arena in Butler-Hancock Athletic Center, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.

Graduate School Ceremony

The Graduate School ceremony will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, with doors opening at 6 p.m., and about 300 candidates are scheduled to receive their master's, doctoral and specialist degrees.

Keynote Speaker: Cary SmithThe Graduate School ceremony keynote speaker is Cary Smith, who is in his first year as principal of Greeley Central High School but also begins his nineteenth year at the Castle. He and his wife with their two children have lived in Greeley for the past 26 years both working for District 6 the entire time. Overall, Smith begins his thirty-first year in education. He has taught in a prison, in the People's Republic of China — he might be the only person to ever hit a golf ball off the Great Wall of China — and in California prior to moving to Colorado. 

Student Address: Marianna R. LuceroThe student speaker is Marianna Lucero, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and a first-generation college student. She is holds a BFA in Theatre, Film and Television and a Graduate Teacher Education Master's Degree in Urban Community Teaching from the University of Colorado Denver. She is graduating from UNC with her Masters of Arts in Theatre Education. 

Learn more about the Graduate School ceremony speakers.

Undergraduate Ceremony

About 600 undergraduates are scheduled to receive their degrees during two ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 8, with doors opening one-hour prior:

  • Starting at 9 a.m.: Ceremony for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University College.
  • Starting at 12:30 p.m.: Ceremony for the Monfort College of Business, College of Natural and Health Sciences and College of Performing and Visual Arts.

Keynote Speaker: Brian DavidsonThe undergraduate keynote speaker is Brian Davidson, M.D., who is an alumnus of UNC’s Department of Chemistry. He currently serves as president of SCL Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. St. Mary’s is the largest hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City, providing tertiary care for the majority of western Colorado and eastern Utah. He completed medical school and residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Davidson completed a healthcare administration fellowship at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and earned an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. 

Student Address: Hannah BeebeThe undergraduate student speaker is Hannah Beebe, who is double majoring in English Liberal and Communication Studies. She strives to be a ray of positivity in the lives of those around her. Beebe has served as president of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society on campus for the last two semesters. She has received multiple scholarships for her academic achievements, is graduating Summa Cum Laude and known by her peers as the person to ask when they need help or advice. She is thrilled to be representing the class of fall 2018.

Learn more about the undergraduate ceremony speakers.

Tickets are not required to attend any of the ceremonies, and parking is also 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 unco.edu/commencement/webcast.asp for instructions about the live video feed.

Additional information, including more details about the speakers and ceremony etiquette and protocols.

About UNC's Fall 2018 Graduating Class: 

Infographic on the graduating class in fall 2018

  • No. of students graduating: 871
  • No. of students earning bachelor's degrees: 602
  • No. of students earning graduate degrees: 269 (238 master's, 20 doctorates, 11 certificate/specialists)
  • Age range:
    • Undergrad: 19-66
    • Grad: 22-66
  • Average age:
    • Undergrad: 25
    • Grad: 33
  • Graduate's average GPA:
    • Undergrad: 3.26
    • Grad: 3.83
  • Most popular majors (by degrees awarded): 
    • Undergrad: Business Administration, Elementary Education, Nursing, Psychology, Human Services.
    • Grad: Special Education, Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, Sport and Exercise Science.
  • International Countries Represented: 8 (Canada, China, Ghana, Honduras, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Thailand)
  • States/Territories Represented: 46 (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
  • Colorado Counties Represented: 34 (Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Crowley, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Jefferson, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Logan, Mesa, Morgan, Otero, Park, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld)

Tentative as of Dec. 5, 2018. Degrees yet to be conferred for fall 2018.


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