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2013 Commencement News
Graduate and undergraduate students received degrees at the summer Commencement ceremony on August 16.
Around 2,900 graduate and undergraduate students received degrees at the University of Denver's spring Commencement ceremonies on June 7 and 8, 2013.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to graduate students receiving degrees on June 7, 2013, and urged them to use their "newly acquired skills and the boundless energy of youth" to take on the world's challenges.
Ban spoke of the many problems facing the world today, including violence in Syria, climate changes, extreme poverty and more.
But his message was ultimately one of possibility. ""These are times of tests to be sure, but to me the road ahead is rising..." Ban said. "The big picture is clear. Slowly and surely, the human condition is improving.
"I appeal to all of you here to join us in this mission of hope."
At the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on June 8, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock called upon the Class of 2013 to "pick up the torch of the trailblazers that came before [them]."
"America is counting on you," Hancock told the graduating students. "We live in a world that is changing minute by minute. New innovations drive the endless pace of expectation... It is your civic obligation to be able to compete in this new world.
"My charge to you is simply this: Go out, and in your own way, live up to the promise of the great American heroes of the past."
Graduates of Note
Political science graduate aims to take on the achievement gap
Senior political science major Craig Hirokawa has devoted much of his extracurricular time serving the student body, first as the social sciences senator in Undergraduate Student Government and then as president of the Student Advisory Council (SAC). It’s been his way of creating change and opportunities for students in the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS).
MBA graduate looks back on her DU experience
After graduating from the University of Denver in 2012 with a BA in marketing, Alexa Cain enrolled in the one-year MBA program at the Daniels College of Business. She graduates from that program June 6. As an undergraduate, Cain worked on the 2012 presidential debate that took place on campus.