Graduates fill seats

A celebratory end. A promising beginning.

Fall Commencement honors more than 1,300 graduates

December 17, 2018

On Dec. 15, nearly 900 students brought their friends and family to the Colorado Convention Center downtown to celebrate an incredible life milestone: college graduation.

The morning celebration honored each graduate with the reading of individual names – a tradition that has become rare among large universities. A live stream of the event ran on the CU Denver Facebook page. Both attendees and other university community members joined the #CUDenverGrad conversation on Twitter and Instagram.

More than 1,300 students earned degrees this semester. The fall 2018 graduating class– which represents 18 nations – includes 853 undergraduates, 533 graduate students and 131 military-affiliated students.

During the ceremony, Professor of Chemistry Robert Damrauer, PhD, special assistant to the provost and associate vice chancellor for research, received a medal commemorating his 50 years of service to the university.

Graduating students now join the 94,000-strong CU Denver Alumni network, which stretches across 102 countries around the world.

Happy graduates in a line
Best day ever: More than 900 graduates joined the Fall 2018 Commencement celebration at the downtown Colorado Convention Center on Dec. 15.
Chancellor honors Damrauer
Chancellor Dorothy Horrell recognizes Bob Damrauer for his 50 years of service to CU Denver.
Graduation cap decorated
A graduate acknowledges her parents on her special day. CU Denver’s Fall Commencement ceremony ushered 1,386 new graduates into the world.
Two women graduates
All dressed up and somewhere to go: Graduates were decked out in newly-designed caps and gowns for this year’s fall ceremony.
Horrell hands diploma
Chancellor Dorothy Horrell presents a graduate with her diploma.
Benson and Horrell
Chancellor Dorothy Horrell poses with President Bruce Benson during what will be his final CU Denver Fall Commencement ceremony. Benson will retire in July.
Graduate leads with CU Denver sign
Let the march begin: Fall graduates show their excitement as they enter the Colorado Convention Center Hall for the official awarding of their degrees.
Grad holds up degree
A new graduate shows off her diploma to the audience in the downtown Colorado Convention Center.
Two women graduates pose
CU Denver commencements are a celebration of friendship, accomplishment and diversity, with this fall’s 2018 graduating class representing 18 countries.
Graduate shows off her wreath hat
Pomp and Circumstance with a festive touch: This graduate’s cap decor grabbed attention.