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University of Denver Announces 2018 Commencement Speakers

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 Director of the Boettcher Foundation, a position he held since 1996. During his tenure, he emphasized working with dynamic thinkers and leaders who propel Colorado forward and help citizens make a difference across the state. 

Schultz also oversaw the expansion of the Boettcher Scholarship making education more accessible to students across the state. DU has seven Boettcher Scholars graduating this year.

Schultz is a Grand Junction native and earned his Bachelors in Political Science from Colorado State University.


Alumna Carol Tomé, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at Home Depot, will deliver the graduate commencement address on Friday, June 8.

Tomé joined Home Depot in 1995 and has served as CFO since May 2001. She earned her MBA in Finance from the Daniels College of Business in 1981.

In 2012, The Wall Street Journal ranked Tomé No. 2 on its list of the best chief financial officers in corporate America and in 2013, Fortune Magazine listed her among the top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, for the second consecutive year.


DU alum Patricio Serna will deliver the keynote address at the Sturm College of Law Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19. 

Serna is the former chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. He graduated with his Juris Doctorate from Sturm Law in 1970 and was the first in his family to attend college. He began his judicial career in Santa Fe where he served as a District Court Judge for 11 years and President of the New Mexico District Judges Association. Serna also served as President and Moderator of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.

Serna will be honored as a 2018 distinguished alumni during Alumni Weekend.

To learn more about Commencement at the University of Denver, please visit the Commencement website.