CU Denver Gearing Up to Mark 50th Anniversary

May 10, 2022

On January 11, 1973, Colorado Governor John Arthur Love put into effect a proclamation declaring the University of Colorado Denver a state institution of higher education. From its beginnings as an extension of the Boulder campus to its expansion on the Auraria Campus, CU Denver has developed into a comprehensive university making education work for nearly 15,000 students and growing.

Described as a “teenager” in university years by Chancellor Michelle Marks, our young but mighty institution is proud to honor our past, celebrate our many achievements and milestones, and look toward the next 50 years as we work to become the nation’s first equity-serving institution. “Our anniversary provides an extraordinary opportunity to look back at all that CU Denver has achieved, build pride internally and externally, re-engage with our alumni, and gain momentum as we continue to make progress against our strategic plan,” said Marks.

We will mark the 50th anniversary from August 2022 to May 2023 in alignment with the academic year. As co-sponsors of this initiative, vice chancellors Melisa Baldwin and Marie Williams invite ideas and participation from our community by logging on here, and will stand up an advisory committee this spring.

2023 also marks the 50th anniversary of the School of Public Affairs and a decade since the Business School building opened.