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Stay connected to the AHSS community through divisional updates, spotlight stories and upcoming events in expressions, AHSS' monthly e-newsletter.

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This Month's Featured Stories  

Alumni Achievement Awards

mariaIn May, the divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences recognized the 2016 recipients of the annual AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards. AHSS has 26,000 alumni globally and, in light of their many successes, the AHSS Advisory Board established an AHSS alumni achievement awards program in 2012. Nominations were collected and a committee comprised of the Advisory Board and Dean Daniel McIntosh reviewed the competitive pool of applicants.

Below are this year's award recipients:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Maria Guajardo (PhD '88, psychology), pictured with Dean Danny McIntosh
Community Engagement Award: Scott Gratson (PhD '02, human communications)
Alumni Service to AHSS Award: Melanie Herrera Bortz (BA '88, psychology)
Recent Alumni Achievement Award: Keely Buchanan (BA '01, digital media studies)

Read more about each recipient.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

gradsThis year, 491 undergraduate and 156 graduate students will receive their DU diplomas from the divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Psychology was the most popular major with 102 undergraduates receiving a degree from that department.

Join fellow AHSS alumni, faculty and students for a celebratory breakfast on Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 a.m. to honor our newest AHSS alumni. RSVP to this free breakfast. Read more about commencement, at which former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is the speaker.

"Commencement is a joyous time on campus when we recognize the accomplishments of students who have completed degrees. It brings my fellow faculty and me great pride to see these talented students graduate and enter the next phase of their lives," said Dean Danny McIntosh, who is also a professor in the department of psychology. "It is a privilege to have taught you during your intellectual journey at DU. I wish you the best in your future endeavors."