Newsroom University of Denver (Commencement)
2017
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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June
01,
2017
When Jim Lentz sits down for an interview, he already knows at least one question to expect: What was your first car? “That’s the first question I usually get in interviews,” he says. His answer is guaranteed to disappoint anyone expecting a soupe...
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May
26,
2017
Four years ago, Paige Murray came to the University of Denver an avid reader. She graduates in June — with a bachelor’s degree in gender and women’s studies — just as passionate about reading as ever but equally as keen about writing. So keen, in ...
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May
23,
2017
“Each of us has a role to play to promote and protect the positive relationship between justice and law.” That was the message to the 2017 graduates of the Sturm College of Law by Commencement speaker Brenda J. Hollis. On Saturday, May 20, approxi...
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May
19,
2017
As a first-generation student, the daughter of immigrants and an immigrant herself, Yesenia Arreola didn’t have many preconceived notions about how higher education could influence her own life, let alone the lives of others. Arreola, who will gradua...
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May
12,
2017
After spending 12 years in the U.S. Army, Josh Francis decided he was ready for a change. His responsibilities during his military career were diverse. He had studied at an Arabic language-immersion school, written policy papers for senior military a...
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April
28,
2017
As a high school senior in Highlands Ranch, Kendall Weistroffer had a love for video games. So it was only natural that when she came to the University of Denver, she’d major in something that reflected that interest. Now, as a college senior ...
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April
14,
2017
There are not many student-athletes who can walk away from their college careers and say they are a national champion. For the third-string goalie of the Pioneers men’s hockey team, last weekend’s championship provided the perfect finish to a gre...
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April
07,
2017
Katie Steefel has had a busy and fulfilling three years as a student at the Sturm College of Law. She’s led the Denver Law Review’s annual symposium, developed The Pledge for Public Good with her fellow students and established a new student collecti...
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March
31,
2017
The University of Denver has announced the speakers for its spring 2017 Commencement ceremonies. DU alumnus Jim Lentz will deliver the undergraduate Commencement address on Saturday, June 10. Lentz is chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North ...
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2016
August
12,
2016
It’s hard to picture a more perfect day for Commencement than the one that greeted hundreds of students and their families this morning. With blue skies and temperatures in the 60s, the University of Denver celebrated the accomplishments of nearl...
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June
09,
2016
In a wide-ranging address covering everything from her years in Denver to her concerns about growing isolationism in the United States, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called on the members of DU’s Class of 2016 to put their educatio...
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June
09,
2016
In her speech at the University of Denver’s graduate Commencement on June 3, DU alumna Susana Cordova encouraged departing graduate students to celebrate not only the milestones in their lives, but also the mile markers, which she described as “t...
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