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All Commencement ceremonies dating back to 2009 can be watched in full on the Commencement YouTube playlist.
Spring 2014 ceremonies
Graduate Commencement speaker urges departing students to choose the harder path
“When facing two paths, if you are strong enough, always choose the harder one.”
This was the advice that speaker Donna Lynne, executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan Inc. and a group president for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, offered departing University of Denver graduate students at the 2014 spring Commencement ceremony on June 6 at Magness Arena.
Undergraduate Commencement speaker offers job-hunting advice to new graduates
Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, gave new University of Denver graduates a dose of reality at the spring undergraduate Commencement ceremony on June 7 at Magness Arena.
Childears said that because recently graduated recipients of Daniels Fund scholarships were having trouble finding jobs, the organization met with employers to find out their perceptions of recent college graduates as potential employees. She shared the results of those interviews with the departing DU students.
2014 Graduates of Note
Graduating senior eyes starting her own wearable tech company
“I fully believe that if you want something bad enough, if you put your intention out there and work your butt off, that you can achieve it,” says University of Denver senior Makayla Cappel.
Passion for Kurdistan guides Korbel student’s next step
Bina Hussein knows she’s in good company at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where, in addition to her classwork, she serves as a student ambassador and runs the school’s Middle East Discussion Group.
Graduating senior a champion for public education in Colorado
University of Denver senior Taylor Lobato was the named plaintiff in the high-profile case Lobato vs. State of Colorado. The lawsuit—filed in 2005 by a group of parents from around Colorado and school districts from the San Luis Valley—challenges the adequacy of public education funding in Colorado.
Finance major’s nonprofit donates school supplies to kids in need
Alex Olmanson, a senior finance major at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, has set out to help alleviate nationwide school supply shortages with his business, Working on Our Future (WOOF).
Senior fuses biology and geography in study of health care
When senior Jacqueline Smith came to the University of Denver four years ago, she intended to prepare for a career as a physician. “Originally I wanted to go to med school,” she recalls. “I’d always wanted to since I was a child.”
Social work student addresses the stigma associated with mental illness
Although it was one of the most difficult times in his life, Andrew Steward has never been shy about talking about his battle with mental illness. Steward, a student in the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, has shared his story, and spoken out against the stigma surrounding mental illness, at TEDx events (including one at DU in 2011), legislative meetings and community events.
Senior Matthew Watwood balances triple major demands with ease
When he’s not doing homework for his triple major in physics, math and computer science, University of Denver senior Matthew Watwood is pursuing his passion for magic, performing at Colorado Avalanche games and at Elitch Gardens, where he also leads physics presentations for high school students. “Magic is a hobby that lets me work on the other part of my mind — the creative side,” says Watwood, a Boettcher Scholar who also has received the Robison Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship, the Edgar Everhart Endowed Scholarship and the David C. and Betty S. Hess Endowed Scholarship.