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Commencement News

Do you know a fascinating DU student who's graduating in summer 2015? Contact the Division of Marketing & Communications, and tell your story.

2015 Ceremonies

Watch video of the full 2015 ceremonies.

All Commencement ceremonies dating back to 2009 can be watched in full on the Commencement YouTube playlist.

2015 Graduates of Note

Erik Adamson playing lacrosse

Lacrosse player shines in academics as well as athletics

As the DU community descends from its post- lacrosse-championship  bliss, the reality for most students is final papers and exams. Things are no different for senior Erik Adamson, midfielder for the Pioneers’ 2015 NCAA Championship men’s lacrosse team, who boasts impressive numbers both on and off the field.

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Theater major says yes to career in performing arts

Nicole Campbell, a senior graduating with a double major in theater and gender and women’s studies, credits her career success to her willingness to pursue and say “yes” to opportunities outside of her comfort zone.

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Samantha Corea

Senior leaves as DU's most decorated swimmer ever

Samantha Corea spent her college career rewriting the Pioneer record books. She'll leave DU with eight school records, more than any swimmer in school history. She finished off her collegiate resume by breaking three DU records and medaling twice at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

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Richard Maez

A leader among leaders

Richard Maez was determined to go down a different path when he arrived at the University of Denver. “In high school I wasn’t super involved, and I didn’t want to do the same thing coming into DU,” he explains. He may have outdone himself.

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2014 Graduates of Note

Makayla Cappel on the slopes

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.

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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.

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Alex Olmanson

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).

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Andrew Steward

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.

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