Newsroom University of Denver (Commencement)

2018
June
10,
2018
Far from the expected Commencement sentiments of following dreams, soaking up experiences and never giving up, Tim Schultz offered one very specific piece of advice for DU’s Class of 2018: volunteer. Go beyond hammering nails for a housing initiat...
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June
09,
2018
With all eyes on the capped and gowned students below, University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp urged the University’s new graduates to stand, turn and reciprocate the attention. Sitting in the crowd, she said, are the people who made your prese...
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June
08,
2018
At this year’s Black Male Initiative Summit, Gianni Di Cioccio witnessed a moment he will carry with him when he graduates with his MA from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies later today. It was the talent show portion of the day. A kid...
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June
07,
2018
For most people, college graduation is a fleeting experience. Years of work build into one day, and all at once, it’s over. But, work your way into the position of chief marshal, and the excitement can be yours three times every year. That’s the c...
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June
04,
2018
His words have faded with time, but Carol Tomé (MBA ’81) can still see the man who spoke at her high school graduation in small-town Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “He was like a father figure but very statesmanlike and very impressive,” Tomé recalls. “I ...
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June
01,
2018
It’s hard for Diana Estrada to imagine her life without the University of Denver, but it’s something she’ll be doing in just a few days after she walks across the stage at commencement. The Pueblo native has been on campus for a while—after receiv...
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May
25,
2018
There are two things Fryda Faugier is not. She is not a U.S. citizen. And she is not afraid to tell you so. “I’m an activist; I share my story,” she says. “I’m sure that had I been born a citizen, I would not be facing the same struggles I face...
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May
21,
2018
“I hope the student body isn’t disappointed,” Tim Schultz muses. “I think of commencement speakers as astronauts that have gone to the moon. I don't think I’m worthy.” Schultz, who will deliver the Commencement address at the June 9 undergraduate ...
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May
18,
2018
When they call Linda Kornfeld’s name at DU’s June 9 Commencement ceremonies, she will proudly walk across the stage erected in Magness Arena. She will collect her diploma, and she will wear that “I did it” smile that complements a graduation cap and ...
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May
11,
2018
When senior Morgan Smith comes to a fork in the road, he doesn’t choose either the path least or most traveled. Instead, he zigzags among the options, stitching together his own route to personal and professional development. It’s a great way to w...
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May
04,
2018
If you ask soon-to-be graduate Jessi Lee how she ended up at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), she’ll give you a brief answer: “It was kismet!” A few years ago, the former New Yorker decided she had had eno...
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April
27,
2018
For many people, the word “trial” conjures up an open courtroom, an imposing judge looking down on a defendant, and perhaps a few serious lawyers in fancy suits. If we were given the chance to look into the courtroom of Cynthia Thompson, who will gra...
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April
20,
2018
“I just got my first smart phone a couple of months ago,” says University of Denver senior Aristotle Johns. “It’s way too much for me.” Come again? It’s hard to imagine that anything could be too much for a student who answers to Aristotle,...
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April
13,
2018
He can tell you about the hybridization of chemical bond structures. Or explain the stability of aromatic compounds. But for Charlie Wallace, ordering coffee in Perugia, Italy, made him feel like an idiot. His notoriously brutal organic chemist...
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April
12,
2018
The University of Denver has announced the speakers for its Spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies.   Tim Schultz will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, June 9. Schultz most recently served as the President and Executive ...
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April
09,
2018
Ask 27-year-old Chinese violinist Quanshuai Li whose career he would most like to emulate, and he answers not with the name of a rock musician or a classical phenom, but with that of Ivry Gitlis, a 95-year-old Israeli virtuoso violinist who has perfo...
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March
30,
2018
For Nikole Addison, gymnastics is more than just a sport. It has been more than just a passion for the last 15 years. It has served as more than just a way of life. For Nikole Addison, gymnastics has created a path that otherwise might not have been ...
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March
23,
2018
This was not what Julia Farrell had envisioned for the summer before senior year. She was supposed to be spending those few months nurturing and accelerating her startup, not stuck in an office. But when her business partner left suddenly for ...
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March
16,
2018
In the interests of preparing students to be impactful leaders in their workplaces and communities, the University of Denver has made it a goal to transform the student experience by providing high-impact experiential learning and focused small class...
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2017
August
19,
2017
A perfect Colorado day provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the 2017 summer Commencement. With blue skies and temperatures in the 70s, the University of Denver celebrated the hard work and accomplishments of 600 graduates. Chancellor Rebecca Ch...
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August
18,
2017
Some college students reward themselves for graduation, whether it be a car, trip or some well-deserved time off. But if you’re Ann Obermann (PhD ’17), you keep it simple by getting a cat. Obermann, who is earning her doctorate in social work ...
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August
11,
2017
The 1970 Beatles love song “The Long and Winding Road” speaks of just that — a twisting, sometimes arduous journey that seems to have no end. But for Josh Burg, a love affair with people and helping them with life’s problems has at long last brou...
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August
04,
2017
It’s a stealthy specter capable of throwing a person’s life into disarray, even as one is simply going about one’s business. But a new program at the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science — a master’s in cybersecurity — aims to help t...
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July
13,
2017
DU graduate Katie Bokenkamp recently accomplished an impressive feat — completing an honors thesis in history and another thesis entirely in Italian. In both cases, Bokenkamp’s stellar academic achievements were enhanced by University-sponsored inter...
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June
12,
2017
From dinners to barbecues and award ceremonies to dances, the past month has been a time of celebration around the University of Denver. Over the weekend, more than 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students celebrated Commencement. In the weeks le...
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June
11,
2017
It was early in Jim Lentz’s career that he was faced with a difficult decision. He was working at Toyota and his boss told him he needed to change the way he managed people, and if he didn’t, they would fire him. Lentz spent the weekend soul searchin...
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June
10,
2017
Be purposeful. That was the theme at the University of Denver’s graduate Commencement on Friday evening. In his speech, Robert Smith encouraged the departing graduate students not to be observers or followers, but instead be thinkers and doers. ...
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June
09,
2017
For most students, the idea of learning and mastering one area of math and science might be challenging enough. However, for senior Celia Smits, it was all about absorbing as much as possible during her time at the University of Denver. Smits is g...
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June
07,
2017
It’s been 45 years, but it’s a day Robert Smith remembers well. He was only 9 years old when his father received his doctoral degree in education from the University of Denver. “It was a cause for celebration for the entire neighborhood,” says the...
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June
02,
2017
As students across the country prepare for commencement, many will be faced with the important question of “now what?” Whether it’s continuing with their education, entertaining job offers or taking time to see the world, many are relying on a firm p...
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